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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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Updated 14/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 14/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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Food and ambience

Local cuisine, Asian, Bar, Seafood, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly
Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view, Large groups, Bar scene
About
THE LOOKOUT IS BACK...CLEAN&SAFE TO VISIT...CERTIFICATED..The Lookout is a seafood restaurant and oyster bar located in Playas Del Coco, Guanacaste. We are the first and only restaurant in town to stock live oysters, to be eaten raw on the half shell or prepared in a number of other ways. We are also the first and only place in town to serve Costa Rican craft beers on tap. The view from our establishment is truly priceless and the menu showcases the freshest seafood that the Pacific has to offer. We hope to see you soon!
PRICE RANGE
US$20 - US$50
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
CUISINES
Asian, Bar, Seafood, Central American
FEATURES
Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The view is amazing! Get there early as the sunset sets earlier around 530p. Food is good and service is great!

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great match of a perfect view local food good wine and espresso makes this place an unforgettable experience.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Elisa P, General Manager at The Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much!!

Reviewed 21 February 2021

I have been a regular at this restaurant for 6 years dating back to the original owner. The food is terrific, the view is spectacular and the service is first rate. This place is a must visit during your stay in Coco.

Date of visit: February 2021
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Elisa P, General Manager at The Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2021

Thank you so much Kevin!! Hope to see you soon uphere!!

Reviewed 14 February 2021 via mobile

Great drinks, good food, nice view. Worth the drive if you have a 4x4/SUV. Definitely go once for sunset.

Date of visit: February 2021
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Elisa P, General Manager at The Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2021

Thank you so much Rob!!

Reviewed 8 February 2021

We stayed at Secrets and it was a $50 roundtrip cab ride to get there but was well worth it. Staff was very friendly, food and drink was good and reasonably priced. The view from our table was spectacular. Highly recommend!

Date of visit: January 2021
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Elisa P, General Manager at The Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2021

Thank you so much and so happy to read that you enjoyed the experience!!

Reviewed 25 January 2021

We were super excited to check this place out but were let down at a couple of things. The food was average with nothing really special on the menu. Drinks took about 30min to receive upon ordering. The view is great but can't really see...the last part of the sunset from where it overlooks which is the best part!More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Elisa P, General Manager at The Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2021

Hi Justin and thank you to take the time and write us a review!! We are sorry to read that you didn't enjoy the experience and you didn't find our plates special as most of our guests do...Cocktails take a little more time than to...More

Reviewed 1 January 2021 via mobile

Spent new years eve (before the lockdown) in a party of three. enjoyed the awesome view, friendly service, jummy dishes and Cocktails. Had Nachos con Tuna, Octopus Burger and Octopus Bowl. Starters were deliciously baked oysters. Life is great at the Lookout!

Date of visit: December 2020
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Elisa P, General Manager at The Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2021

Thank you guys to choose our restaurant to celebrate!! We are happy that you enjoyed!!

Reviewed 1 July 2020

Absolutely fantastic idea would be a shuttle bus from the busy beach to the restaurant. You can advertise on the side of your bus and get the word out with local touristy hotels. Because of the view, you should have bands, entertainment, and events during...the daytime. Hope this idea helps!More

Date of visit: June 2020
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182elisap, General Manager at The Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2020

Thank you so much for the support!! We hope that soon all these ideas take form...now we are just trying to survive...

Reviewed 19 March 2020 via mobile

One of our highlight dinners. We you arrive the view sets the tone. We started with a Tuna appetizer that was delicious.Ton of flavor. I had a lobster grilled cheese. My wife had the lobster Tacos and said the same. OMG! A truly perfect evening.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Elisa P, General Manager at The Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2021

Thank you so much!!

Reviewed 15 March 2020 via mobile

we went here because of the Netflix show and it was relatively close to our condo. the view was what we get from our condo, so we already knew it was beautiful. the food was good and we all got fish tacos, but pretty overpriced...for 2 tacos. food in Costa Rica is much more costly compared to the US, but this was a lot more than fish tacos in town and tasted just as good for twice as much $. the waiter was attentive, but there was no one else there. the location is out of town and the road is quite steep to get to it. there is minimal parking for both the restaurant and hotel and the entrance is around back up a steep paved road hill you need to walk up, so wear appropriate footwear for that.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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182elisap, General Manager at The Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2020

Thank you to take the time and write us a review!! We know that is pretty difficult to get up here, but to see our view is the only way...Hope to see you soon!!

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  • Yes, The Lookout is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

  • The Lookout is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4.5
    • Atmosphere: 5