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El Gato Pescador

El Gato Pescador

Destination: Manuel Antonio

For the best fish and chips in Manuel Antonio, stop in El Gato Pescador. The menu is simple math: take delicious food and deep fry it until you have multiplied the deliciousness by a factor of bacon… math was never my strong suit.

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El Gato Pescador uses fresh, local red snapper filets deep fried in a thick, golden-brown crust served with thick-cut fries (otherwise known as chips if you're from across "the pond") with tartar sauce and coleslaw for $7 – and really what else could you want?

The rest of the delectably unpretentious menu includes fish sandwiches, fish balls, shrimp, ceviche and onion rings at affordable prices.


The boogie board hanging out front works double-duty as a sign and a menu. El Gato Pescador is a laid-back, open-air restaurant decked out in white and powder blue with fish skeletons stamped across its walls.


You'll probably bump into the owners, friendly ex-pats who came down to Costa Rica for the same reasons you did.




11 a.m.-9 p.m.

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