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El Sano Banano Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Across from the Park | Next to the Supermarket, Montezuma, Costa Rica
+506 2642 0638
07:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 22:00
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Saint Paul, MN
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I walked by here several times and noticed the great bakery before I went inside. It was late and I was the only one there. The service was great as was the fish Casado.

Thank mkb0909
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We didn't stay here , but this one stuck out from the crowed for they offered NFL football on the big screen, and awesome drinks to a ridiculously good price during happy hour. The service is good, and the best part is they are honest and give very good exchange rates.. one place you know you will never get ripped... More 

Thank Ronaldiniho
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food is incredible, however a bit on the pricy side. Enjoyed it very much, nonetheless. They have incredible vegan options which is very nice.

Thank Kassidy G
Level Contributor
19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

El Sano Banano is somewhat of an institution in Montezuma, CR. It's been there since 1989, providing food and lodging to travelers. Hard on the dusty roadside, as is pretty much every other eatery, they nonetheless manage to provide an oasis of calm, courteous service, featuring excellent local cuisine. As is the norm, service is quick, attentive and unobtrusive. Yet,... More 

Thank Henry S
Nanaimo, Canada
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Mixed review - our first visit we enjoyed fair service and a tasty lunch. Our next visit we were barely acknowledged, and were told the kitchen was 'very busy' when the waiter took our food order (we were one of 3 tables in the place, the kitchen is visible when walking through the restaurant). We waited for 45 minutes (as... More 

Thank kabell
ESBManagement, General Manager at El Sano Banano Restaurant, responded to this review

First of all thank you for your review to help us improve. We apologize for the delayed service on your second visit to our restaurant. The day this happened we had one of our main cooks call in sick and were therefore short-staffed. On behalf of our whole staff we apologize and hope we can do better in the future. More 

Toronto, Canada
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great good, lots of delicious vegetarian options. Beautiful shady garden to eat in. Everything I ate was good, but I highly highly recommend the coco espresso smoothie.

Thank bananafr
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant was amazing and it was so inviting. It had great food and drinks and the communication was great- English was spoken. The homemade chocolates were absolutely wonderful and sitting with the monkeys on the back patio during lunch was fun. We ended up eating here twice we enjoyed it so much!!

Thank Jessica A
Newburyport, Massachusetts
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134 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Had a delicious lunch here on recent stop. Had some sort of green superfood smoothie that was excellent. Ate outside in courtyard and altho' there is activity and traffic around you-it feels private. Saw a spider monkey in the trees and lots of birds in the courtyard as well.

Thank lisac1962
London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

I just had lunch at this place and it was just what I needed. Really tasty veggie fajitas with guacamole, beans and pico de gallo. They do delicious spiralina smoothies also. Friendly service too. Nothing fancy. Just delicious grub!

Thank Louise F
San Jose, Costa Rica
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

We had a terrible meal accompanied by an even worse service. The food was so bad we couldn't even eat half of it. The waiter in turn didn't care or did anything at all to make it better. This was an absolutely disgusting experience. Don't go there!

Thank EstefM55

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 4 - USD 15
Costa Rican, Cafe, International, South American, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Across from the Park | Next to the Supermarket, Montezuma, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Montezuma
  • Phone Number: +506 2642 0638
Located in the heart of Montezuma with a great outdoor patio. We serve vegetarian, vegan, sushi, pasta, chicken, fresh seafood and much much more...

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?