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International, Fusion
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The menu at Makoko is very nice and gives everyone a choice. The bar is fantastic and the wine selection is on par with 4 star restaurants in the states. I gave this a 5 star because Makoko fits the bill. We stayed at the...El Mangroove for 15 nights in the past few months and everyone was happy. They were very accommodating and even cooked our fish that we caught. The chef is original if you choose "chef's choice" with your fish. The staff is very nice and attentive. During COVID everything is a mess, but this restaurant for breakfast or dinner does a fantastic job. The menu is varied and remember to ask for the vegetarian menu. I am not veg but that menu is a nice addition to the regular menu, especially if you want something light. Obviously we appreciated the food and service, but what I really enjoyed is that I never felt rushed, which is something you rarely feel in the States. Pura Vida is the vibe for real, and the music and atmosphere is completely awesome. And, if you eat here and are not staying at the hotel, come early and watch the sunset and take a stroll. The sunset is not right in your face, but the indirect light is amazing on the bay!More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 23 January 2021 via mobile

The best brunch you can ask, the attention is fabulous and the area is clean and sanitized, the food is delicious and the View is spectacular

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 17 August 2020 via mobile

A great selection of drinks and dishes with unique flavors. The servers were extremely attentive and made us feel like we were the only ones in the restaurant. Delicious wine, desserts and main dishes. The breakfast buffet had everything you could possibly want with a...touch of gourmet.... not a boring continental breakfast. We stayed at the hotel and tried almost everything off the menu during our stay and no complaints. Every angle was perfect.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 13 March 2020

We stayed at El Mangroove for 4 nights and had 4 breakfasts and 3 dinners at Makoko. The food was very good and the staff was excellent. The breakfast buffet was very nice with good variety and excellent fruit. The dinner menu had enough good...choices that we could choose a different entree every night.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 29 February 2020

We've enjoyed dinner three times at the bar at Makoko. William and Caesar are exceptional bartenders and very well trained on the full dinner menu. They were happy to make recommendations and suggest several different cocktails and desserts. The food was delicious.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 19 January 2020

We were staying at the El Mangroove, so dining at its top restaurant was the natural thing to do, and a wise choice at that. The menu is somewhat limited, but still diverse enough to satisfy most preferences. HOWEVER, the chef will also prepare your...catch if you go fishing, which we did, creating one of the best cerviches I've ever had, supplemented with GREAT red snapper. The service was excellent; clearly all staff genuinely care for the patrons' complete satisfaction. You don;t have to be staying at the hotel to enjoy a truly first-class dining experience.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 8 January 2020

We really had a wonderful breakfast with fresh Costa Rican cuisine, lovely smoothies and excellent service, all overlooking the lovely El Mangroove Hotel.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 6 January 2020 via mobile

The best cocktails that my wife and I had in Costa Rica (but also the most expensive). Fairly sophisticated combinations of ingredients that rival drinks we often get in Chicago. However, it didn’t seem like there was much alcohol in the drinks.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 20 December 2019

Expensive - especially for what. Didn't love the options on the menu but loved the options on the menu of the pool restaurant right by this one. So we know there are good options out there. Food was bland / not good. Hated paying this...much for mediocre.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 11 November 2019

We had the a la carte breakfast here as well as the buffet. Great service and food. A must if you are staying at the hotel.

Date of visit: November 2019
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  • Makoko is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
    • Food: 4
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 3.5
    • Atmosphere: 4.5