El Gran Escape, Quepos, Central Pacific
Tel: 506 2777 0395
Concierge.com's insider take:
In the center of the little port town of Quepos, the gateway to Manuel Antonio National Park, El Gran Escape isn't known for its location (on a noisy corner) or its view (the Pacific ocean is obscured by a small hill). Its reputation is for fresh fish, and it doesn't disappoint. Ask about the specials right off the boat, such as whole red snapper served upright, swimming across a bed of greens. A great starter is the seafood chowder—really more of a bisque, but tasty just the same. The lively bar is packed with locals and anglers comparing notes. Occasionally, live music adds to the party ambience.—Updated by Christopher P. Baker
Open Wednesdays through Mondays 6 am to 11 pm.