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Reviewed April 17, 2024

While in Playa Hermosa we stayed one night at hotel El Velero and ate two dinners and one lunch at the restaurant. The BBQ night had delicious options - we enjoyed the ribs, mahi mahi, and lobster. For lunch the mahi mahi sandwich was great...and our sons enjoyed the fried chicken and BLT. Our last meal was taco night and the fish tacos were unique and delicious. Great service and we enjoyed the local litter of kittens running around the grounds.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed January 29, 2024

We have been here 8 days and eaten in 6 restaurants, one twice. 5 have unpadded hard chairs, paper napkins, water on request and no tablecloths. 3 had tables on the beach. This one has nicely lit tables with tablecloths and cloth napkins. Best of...all, rattan chairs with thick foam pads. Water arrives without asking at no charge. Every dinner comes with a hot roll and butter. We started with hugh margaritas served in a giant glass, much bigger than the ones in all but one of the other restaurants ($10). We had shrimp ceviche and it was good but my wife prefers the seafood style. We both had mahi mahi, prepared in two different ways. Both dinners are with mixed vegetables and mashed potatoes. Service was fast, friendly and efficient but it was also Sunday night about 7:30PM and the restaurant was mostly empty. We left stuffed and the total check was $104.46. We both agreed that the seafood was slightly better at the restaurant at the end of the street but it is tough to beat the comfort and style at El Valero. they even have a fenced parking lot. We have one more week to try something else on their menu.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed January 28, 2024 via mobile

We decide to go for lunch here after finding out Soda Hermosa only serves a Buffett till 1pm and we are not buffet people. Glad this happened! Today happened to be a celebration of life for Big Mike the owner who died in January. It...is clear he had touched many peoples lives. The place was packed. They had a live band and we found the atmosphere, service and food to be better than Roberto’s. Which had been our favorite in Playa Hermosa. We had the ceviche and the fried red snapper. They were incredible. Not sure why they have 4 stars. Our experience was definitely worthy of 5 stars.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed January 9, 2024 via mobile

Service was prompt and very friendly. Great spot on the beach. Food was excellent and I had read some reviews commenting on portion sizes and 4 of us shared two appetizers and I then couldn't finish my meal.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed June 8, 2023

We did not stay in the hotel, so I can’t review that, but having eaten at plenty of restaurants in the Hermosa / Coco area, this was one of the best food experiences we’ve had (and we’ve had so many great ones) Beautiful, clean, and...the food!! Go on barbecue night if possible. Fire grilled delicious seafood, steak and fish, perfectly prepared. All while watching a beautiful sunset! Not to mention the staff was some of the friendliest people in one of the friendliest countries, so that saying something. My 12 year old should leave the final review. He got the ribs and said “This is by far the best meal I’ve ever had”…Until I guilted him into saying my smoked ribs were better.More

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Reviewed April 3, 2023

We had breakfast and dinner at El Valero. The service with Luis was particularly fantastic! We had a great breakfast and our daughter thought the pineapple pancakes were the best pancakes she has ever had! They even had great decaf espresso drinks which were hard...to find in Costa Rica! We were there for the Saturday BBQ dinner which was excellent. Cocktails were also fabulous!More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed March 17, 2023

Fantastic location on beautiful Playa Hermosa. Done on the beach with delicious food and wonderful service. We ate here for breakfast, usually lighter with the continental which came with a wonderful fruit plate. The coffee is fantastic and my teens had the pineapple pancakes, the...French toast and one had the juevos rancheros. Juices come blended in large glasses - refreshing and delicious. We felt it was a good value for the money. Barbecue night is not to be missed. Though it gets busy and food takes a bit longer, the grilled items are cooked to order. I thought the surf and turf skewer was awesome. Recommend reservations for this specialty offered Wednesdays and Saturdays. During the day the margaritas are not to be missed. And the sunsets here are beautiful! Of note - the staff is wonderful. We enjoyed our stay here as well as meals, made better by the hospitality of the entire staff.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed March 7, 2023

We stayed at there hotel So we had both breakfasts there as well as one lunch and one dinner. We enjoyed all! The wait staff was great! Good coffee, good drinks, and good food.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed February 13, 2023 via mobile

The barbecue dinner was 5 stars; the usual menu 3 stars. Christian is an amazing waiter. Breakfast fruit platter excellent but eggs Benedict terrible.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed October 24, 2022

The food was very good! The fruit is always amazing in Costa Rica and the staff are wonderful. The restaurant is located right on the beach.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed August 25, 2022

What a wonderful opportunity to celebrate my friend's birthday. She wore her tiara with a beautiful dress, but the star of the night was our dinner! What a great variety of flavors! Kudos to the chef and the staff...even the front desk!

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed June 29, 2022

This restaurant was very conveniently located. Nice covered outdoor space. We were able to order off the lunch menu during dinner hours. We really wanted to try the Tres Leches cake which was on the menu, but they didn't have it any of the 3...nights we were there. There were stray dogs and cats hanging around during every meal.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed March 6, 2022

We have been to this location 2 years in the row and the beach and the sunset is amazing on Playa Hermosa. Service is great. Tacos taste great but my only complaint is the shells are always soggy because they don't keep the tacos upright...or drain the meat enough. Its made me not want to order this entre now. I know that is being picky but I hate that all 3 Tacos shells which they made perfectly are ruined for me.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed January 31, 2022

We have visited this restaurant numerous times but only for fresh juices, cocktails and ceviche and have never been disappointed. The best part is the howler monkeys that are very active in the tree by their parking lot, so if you park there park on...the far side or you might get hit by flying fruit.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed December 16, 2021 via mobile

We have been to El Valero many time we love Barbecue night Wednesday and Saturday amazing food. Tuesday Taco night sooooo good. The service is five stars. When you the food service together you get the best boutique hotel restraint in the Papaguya area. A...must to go toMore

Date of visit: December 2021
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Very reasonable ! Only restaurant you can get a good baked potato with butter and sour cream
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Oooh. Such a harsh review about. El Velero is not dirty or disgusting. If by dingy they mean dark and gloomy, that would be another no. This is a 3* hotel that is clean and comfortable. The staff is friendly and helpful... More
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Response from Patti A | Reviewed this property |
It's from 4-6pm. But it does not include beer or all mixed drinks, cocktails. The drinks are reasonably priced for a resort bar. I think that their pina coladas and strawberry margeritas were around $6. - same with other... More
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5