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The Lookout, the Restaurant with a Romantic Touch

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For those who like to enjoy a romantic dinner amidst the peace and tranquility of nature, a good option is to visit The Lookout restaurant in Coco Beach, which is located 3 kilometers (about 2 miles) from the center of Coco Beach heading toward Liberia, entering on the right side along a paved road.

The Lookout opened in July of 2014 and is located on the second floor of Hotel Chantel. It has a panoramic view of the sea, the atmosphere is romantic and it is surrounded by nature. Its owner, William Ayre, is a chef who made his career in Canada, his native country.

The restaurant has a varied menu with prices ranging between 3000 and 8000 colones ($5.70 to $15.10). One of its specialty dishes is oysters produced in the ACUAMAR project in the Gulf of Nicoya. They are served fried, raw or cooked over coals, in butter sauce, garlic and parmesan. Another appetizer option is avocado breaded in panko flour and parmesan cheese, served with chipotle mayonnaise.

Japanese-style shrimp is one of the main dishes, accompanied by a salad made with seaweed, cilantro, carrot and sesame seed. Another dish worth mentioning is the yellowfin tuna, which is served raw, accompanied by avocado, soy and jalapeño pepper.

For drinks, they serve different types of wines, fruit smoothies and craft beer produced in Costa Rica. Tamarind beer is a customer favorite. It has a light color, a sweet tropical taste and smells like tamarind. Another recommendation is the wheat and hibiscus flower beer. It has a strong flavor with good seasoning and a dark color.

The owner produces his own beer under the Monkey Head brand. The product is derived from Canadian barley, fruits and flowers. The fermentation process lasts two weeks.

Hours: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Contact Info: 8548-8679,


The Good:

It’s a pleasant, clean place where you can enjoy the view of the Pacific Ocean. The service is impeccable and the presentation of the dishes is aesthetically pleasing.

The Bad:

The parking is below. To go up, people can climb the stairs (there is no elevator) or walk uphill along the street.