The following are the restaurants in Barrio Barretto and Baloy Beach I have been to the last few months and can recommend in one way or another.
The restaurants I have been to and do not plan on going back to anytime soon
are not on the list.
There are no doubt good restaurants that I have not been to in the last year that could be on the list. If anyone wants to add a restaurant or add to the Best Of List...... feel free to do so.
Mango's - This is my #1 without question. I eat there two or sometimes three times per week. The menu is large and the food is excellent. The employees are very friendly. The beach side atmosphere is very pleasant.
- A long time favorite with a large menu and lots of good comfort food. I usually have one of the many daily specials. I have never been disappointed.
The Pub - The menu is not large, but they rotate different dishes in frequently.
Always check to see what the latest specials are. The food is excellent and priced fairly.
Dryden Cantina: A wide variety of food. They have the best Mexican food, in my opinion. Also my favorite pizza is there.
Playa Papagayo - A lovely outdoor garden setting. Small menu. They have Mexican food. The large chicken quesadillas are excellent. The fried chicken is excellent. The service is very professional.
- Their menu is large and the food is good. It has been a favorite of mine since my first trip. The Chicken Curry might be the best in town.
Quinson - A new restaurant. Nice air-conditioned interior. Very good value for the
Mangrove - I just recently went there for the first time, even though the hotel has been open for several years. The restaurant and setting is gorgeous. The meals my GF and I had were extremely good. I am looking forward
to trying more dishes.
Palm Tree - The largest menu in town, though everything is not always available. I call the menu an encyclopedia. I have had nothing but excellent there. The cooks know what they are doing. The Sunday
roasts are excellent. It is nice in the early evening to sit out on the deck.
Treasure Island - Great setting by the pool and under the palms looking out to the bay. I have had several great meals there. The service is good. The
pizza also rates high with me.
Blue Rock - I have been there once the past year. The chicken was excellent, so the restaurant is on the list. My friends enjoyed their meals.
Harley's - Not
a fancy place, but they have some beers other places don't have and the food I have had has been good. It is another good place for sitting out on the deck looking out to the bay.
Rico's - This is mainly a Filipino type place with
a daily buffet. I don't eat there often, but I like their Bagnet and Chopsuey.
Coffee Shop - One of the most popular restaurants in Barretto. They are famous for their Jumbo Tacos. They are cheap and not bad (for the price).
They have American food and you can eat on the garden patio.
Midnight Rambler - The Thai food is good. It is pleasant to sit on the patio in the back.
Foodies - It is the new takeout restaurant
on the bottom floor of where the new Aloha Bar is. The deep fried chicken sandwich I had there was very good.
Shamboli's - Good pizza.
Angel's Bakery - There is a small kitchen and the food is
good and well priced. The bakery goods are by far the best in town.
The Best Of List:
Best all around restaurant - Mango's
Best pizza - Dryden Cantina (this is the most competitive category). Treasure
Island and Shamboli's are close seconds.
Best fries - Mango's
Best Chicken Curry - Arizona
Best ice cream - Sit-N-Bull
Best fish - Mango's
Best Mexican - Dryden Cantina
Best Chicken Cordon
Bleu - Mangrove
Best fruit shake - The Pub
Best Value - Quinson (low prices on not bad food)
Best Comfort Food From The US - Sit-N-Bull
Best Chopsuey - Mango's
Best And Largest Menu - Palm Tree
outdoor view of the bay - Palm Tree (second level patio)
Best waitresses - Mango's
Best garden setting - Playa Papagayo
Best fried chicken - Playa Papgayo
Best Chicken Teriyaki - The Pub
Best Garlic Bread
- The Pub
Best Chicken Adobo - Mangrove
Best Mongolian Barbecue - Mango's
Best Thai food - Mango's
Best Special Sunday Roast - Palm Tree
Best Spaghetti - The Pub
Best Pancit Canton - Quinson
Best Chicken a la King - Quinson
Best Sandwiches - Sit-N-Bull (Excellent barbecue ham, beef, corned beef, and clubhouse sandwiches.)
Best beer selection - Harley's
Best Garlic Bread - The Pub
Best Salmon - Harley's
Best Tea - Mango's
Best Roast Chicken - Mango's
Best baked goods - Angel's Bakery/Restaurant