I have known Chef Kennet (aka Pato) and his spouse Susan for many years. Susan hails from Maine and has worked at Villas Nicolas over the years. Chef Pato has worked for some of the finest hotels in Manuel Antonio and is known throughout the area as one of the best chefs. Chef Pato now holds court at El Rancho, now located at Villas Nicolas.
El Rancho is an affordable boutique restaurant open to the public. Everyday Chef Pato and staff meet with fishermen, and farmers to search for the best products for the evening meal. One night, I had Snook, another night Sea Bass, and then tuna the following night.
Chef Pato fuses native food with an international flare, yet prices are not at international heights. Many of Chef Pato's dishes are naturally Gluten Free. Unlike the USA, where the chefs are tucked away, Pato is front and center in an open air kitchen, cooking for all to see. He is conscious of dietary needs of his customers and is willing to make things for special order. Just ask!
(The semi-circular bar is popular with many patrons. )
Always pleasing to the eye and the palate!
There are many dining establishments in Manuel Antonio, but this is one should not be missed. Other signature dishes are: chicken curry, Pork, and other FRESH seafoood.
El Rancho at Villas Nicolas
Km 4 on the Manuel Antonio Road ( next to Si Como No)
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Open everyday (Closed Sundays)
Sunset to 9.30pm
Contemporary Native Costa Rican Cuisine.