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A restaurant review section was added to the Golden Gringo Chronicles in February 2010 and is known as the R.O.M.E.O. Corner. ROMEO stands for Retired Old Men Eating Out. To read the reviews of any of the restaurants in our archives, simply click on the name of the restaurant below and you will be taken to the original write-up.            

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R.O.M.E.O. Rating System

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Restaurants are given both a sloth rating and a dollar rating.

The sloth rating is a composite assessment of ambiance, food quality and service and ranges from a low of one sloth to a high of five.

The dollar rating has a similar range with one dollar being the least expensive and five dollars being the most expensive.

Both ratings are given relative to comparable restaurants in the extended Quepos/Manuel Antonio region  (including San José) and, as such, the system is not intended to be on an absolute scale such as provided by Michelin or Mobile (maybe next year). Sometimes restaurants in other parts of Costa Rica and Central America are also reviewed.

In addition to the Sloth and Dollar ratings we also calculate a Value Index. The Value Index is an attempt to measure the quality of food, ambiance and service one receives for the money spent. It's calculated by diving the number of sloths given for ambiance, food quality and service by the number of $ in the dollar rating and multiplying by 100. For example, a restaurant with a sloth rating of 4 and a dollar rating of 3 results in a value index of 4/3x100=133 but a restaurant with excellent food, service and ambiance (5 sloths) but is expensive ($5) has a lower value index (5/5x100=100). A rough guide to the Value Index follows:

The second table below ranks the restaurants in the archives by Value Index, high to low.

Please note the dates of each review as conditions may have changed since the review was made.

Also, restaurant reviews more than 36 months old are removed from the list on a monthly basis. Restaurants change owners and chefs rather frequently so this maintains a relatively up-to-date list.

Buen Provecho, Amigos!

Restaurant
Location
Latest Review
Sloth Rating
Expense Rating
Value Index*
Anaconda at Costa Verde Manuel Antonio August 2017 fgt.38 $$$$ 120
Manuel Antonio
May 2016
.6
$$$$
115
Quepos
May 2015
31/2
$$$$
88
Quepos

May 2016

gt
$$$.4
116
Centro
San José
July 2015
fgt
$$$1/2
114
Centro
San José
Jan 2016
fgt
$$$

133

El Arado
Manuel Antonio
Oct 2017
kio.4
$$$.7
119
Manuel Antonio
June 2014
5
$$$$
125
Quepos
April 2015
$$$1/2
86
Jacó
January 2016
kio.5
$$$$
113
Manuel Antonio
December 2015
5
$$$$1/2
111
Manuel Antonio
August 2016
kio.7
$$$$
118
El Wagon Manuel Antonio July 2017 fgt
$$$

133

Emilio's Cafe Manuel Antonio February 2017 gty.5 $$$$ 88
Manuel Antonio
October 2016
gty.6
$$.9
124
Manuel Antonio
October 2014
kio.5
$$$1/2
129
Quepos
August 2015
5
$$$$$
100
Manuel Antonio
July 2015
5
$$$$$
100
Quepos
January 2015
kio.5
$$$1/2
129
Kapi Kapi
Manuel Antonio
October 2015
$$$$$
80
Karola's Manuel Antonio December 2016 .3 $$$.75 115
Quepos
November 2016
hyu.6
$$$.3
115
Quepos
July 2016
gty.8
$$$.5
107
Manuel Antonio
November 2015
$$$$
100
La Langosta Feliz Matapalo June 2017 .22 $$$.4 124
Quepos
September 2017
kio.3
$$$.6

120

Escazu
March 2016
rty.4
$$$.8
115
Picador Manuel Antonio January 2017 kio.5 $$$.8 118
Quepos
February 2015
$$$
100
Manuel Antonio
March 2015
5
$$$$
120
Montezuma
February 2015
kio.5
$$$1/2
129
Manuel Antonio
February 2016
hyu.6
$$$.3
110
Selina's Manuel Antonio7
April 2016
hyu.3
$$$
110
San José
August 2016
kio.8
$$$$
120
The Free Crab Quepos May 2017 .7 $$.9 93
San José
November 2014
kio.5
$$$1/2
128
Quepos
May 2016
hy
$$$.4
117
Victoria's Manuel Antonio March 2017 hyu.4 $$$.3 102
Manuel Antonio
June 2015
5
$$$$
125

Below are the same restaurants as above but ranked by decreasing value index (restaurants that haven't been reviewed in the last 36 months are put on an inactive list until they can be re-reviewed). The Value Index is arrived at by dividing the number of sloths given for ambiance, food quality and service by the number of $ given for cost. For example a restaurant with a sloth rating of 4 and a cost rating of 4.5$ is calculated as 4/4.5x100= 89 and one with a sloth rating of 5 and a cost rating of 4 = 5/5x100 = 120. Obviously, the higher the number the better the value.

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