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Marlin Restaurant

Marlin Restaurant

Destination: Manuel Antonio

Marlin's a frequent hangout for beachgoers looking for a respite from the day's heat, cool drinks and fresh seafood with prime real estate across from Espadilla Beach in downtown Manuel Antonio.

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The open-air restaurant lets in the sea breeze with patio seating good for people watching and taking in the local flavor over one the restaurant's cocktails, like Marlin's Mai Tai, $6, with fresh-squeezed orange  and pineapple juice, light and dark rum garnished with a start-fruit and one of those little umbrellas. Happy hour runs from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 with deals 2 for 1 drinks on rum and cokes, margaritas and other specialty drinks.

Snack on a wide-range of appetizers from American favorites like buffalo wings, $8, and chicken fingers, $8, to seafood specialties like the crunchy, fried calamari, $8, and Costa Rican favorite, ceviche, $6.

Marlin's four-page menu caters to a wide-range of guests you'll see passing through the beachside patio restaurant with a little something for everyone: cheeseburgers, nachos, burritos, pasta and casados (Costa Rica's mixed plate of rice, beans, veggies and a choice of sides).

Of course, with a name like Marlin you can expect the seafood to be the entree of choice with fresh grilled mahi-mahi, $18, or a crispy whole, fried red snapper, $17, with a cup of hot butter and garlic for dipping, and sides of french fries and salad.

Ambiance

Marlin's open-air patio faces the beach, but it doesn't matter which direction you turn, you'll still see the beach painted on the walls of the restaurant. A laid back, casual atmosphere good for sipping beers in the afternoon or visiting for a fresh seafood dinner at night.

Service

Friendly, laid back and accommodating.

Price

Apps $4-$19; Entrees $8-$20; Cocktails $6-$7

Hours

7 a.m.-10 p.m.

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