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El Gran Escape

$$ - $$$
Seafood, International, Central American, Costa Rican
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Costa Rica | Quepos Center, Quepos 6350, Costa Rica
+506 2777 7850
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Frederiksberg, Denmark
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14 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The place was cozy and the waiter was good, but I made the mistake of ordering a steak. It took quite a long time to prepare and when it finally arrived, I understood why. I ordered rare, but it was extremely well done. The offered to bring me a new one (which arrived when my companions were eating dessert), but... More 

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64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While on vacation in the area during the holidays this spot caught our eye on the drive by. It was open and airy and decorated nicely. While walking through the town New Year's Eve without reservations anywhere we decided to try to sneak in and were able to get a table luckily! They were accommodating my shifting tables together for... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My family was staying at a hotel nearby and went there for dinner hoping for a quick meal so we could go back to the room and sleep. We ended up waiting for 1 and a half hours for mediocre nachos and then another hour for our meal. I'm okay with waiting for food as long as it is worth... More 

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San Juan, Argentina
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3 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It ain't there anymore--it's at the marina, but still way over priced. Good staff, been with the owner a long time. Rip-off joint.

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Es lindo saber que muchos Argentinos incluyendo Sanjuaninos siguen visitando Costa Rica. Soy el Administrador de El Gran Gran Escape,... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went in to eat and once ordered things started to go down hill a little, the starter came out (chicken wings) which was nice, before I had got half way through my main was served to me and the lady apologised and said we're fast tonight. Once completing my chicken wings I turned to a cold plate of seafood served... More 

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Urbandale, Iowa
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64 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This open air bar/restaurant was so good that we went back a second time. The location is on one of the busiest intersections in town, near the casino. The staff was very professional and polished. The food was very good. The seafood dishes we had were well prepared and fairly priced. This is a solid choice for dinner.

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Cedar Crest, New Mexico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is right downtown in Quepos. It's an open air bar and grill. We stopped in for lunch, as it was recommended to us. There is nothing special here, it's basic food and beer. There are a few wines available, but nothing much. The beer, however, is good, with three on tap the day we were there, and a large... More 

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Brooklyn, New York, United States
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

We enjoyed two meals at this lovely restaurant when we were in Quepos recently. The open space lets the sea air in (it's across the street from the boardwalk bordering the ocean). The burgers were delicious, as were the Mexican salad and the fresh fish dishes. The service is excellent, and we also enjoyed some good wine. I recommend this... More 

Thank Marjorie M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

In quepos El gran escape is a very pleasant surprise Very reasonably priced and the smoothies are outrageously good I had the tuna freshest and best I've ever eaten The red snapper is a must as well as the santafe wrap The atmosphere is open air and our waiter was very friendly and helpful A must do when in quepos

Thank Keith S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

Happy hour is bogof and also they do a free chilliguaro shot when you buy two beers. Free wifi but kids can't sit at the bar. They do food but we didn't try it and have signs up saying "you catch it, we'll cook it" so good for budding fishermen!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, International, Central American, Costa Rican
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Costa Rica | Quepos Center, Quepos 6350, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Quepos
  • Phone Number: +506 2777 7850
El Gran Escape is proud of our long tradition of using local produce and seafood, and homemade tortillas, bread, desserts, as well as our commitment to being involved in the local community.

We use only biodegradeable and recycled to-go containers and paper products, as well as a variety of other sustainable and eco-friendly practices. We hope you love your time in Costa Rica and hlep us do our part to keep this beautiful country Green!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?