The following are the restaurants in Barrio Barretto and Baloy Beach I can recommend in one way or another.
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.
Dryden Cantina: A wide variety of food. They have the best Mexican food, in my opinion. Also my favorite pizza is there. The chef/manager is one
of the best in town.
Sit-N-Bull - 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.
Arizona - 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
- Best authentic Italian food.
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.
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.
Shamboli's - Good pizza and some other items are good.
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.
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 Comfort Food From The US - Sit-N-Bull
Chopsuey - Mango's
Largest Menu - Palm Tree
Best 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 - Midnight Rambler
Best Special Sunday Roast - Palm Tree
Best Spaghetti - Angel's Bakery
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
Best Italian Food - Cassandra's