Restaurante El Ceibo

The most noteworthy old tree of Hacienda Barú that has passed on during our time here was an enormous ceibo tree (Ceiba pentandra) — known as thekapok or silk cotton tree in English — that dominated the skies between what are today the Hacienda Barú Restaurant and the El Ceibo Service Station. Its familiar form, tall straight trunk and distinctive umbrella shaped top, was a well known landmark in the area.

The parcel of tillable land surrounding it was known to rice farmers as the ceibo lot. Though it stood about half a kilometer from the beach, it was clearly visible for several kilometers out to sea. The local fisherman used to determine their positions relative to this tallest, most distinctive fixed point while fishing in the vecinity of Barú and Guápil Beaches.

The wood storks roosted in the umbrella-shaped crown of the ceibo for a few nights each year on their annual migration. Barn owls frequented the inner chambers often calling loudly in the night even to the point of disturbing the neighbors’ sleep. Chestnut mandibled toucans made their nests there and at least one variety of bats resided in the darker recesses. Clouds of the small furry mammals poured from a gaping hole in the trunk about 20 meters (65 feet) above ground every evening at dusk.

Today the remains of the old ceibo, whose trunk once measured more than 2.5 meters (8 feet) in diameter, have been broken down by natural processes and recycled by the secondary forest and the cacao plants that now occupy the area around its former base. During the early morning hours of May 11, 1989, it reached a point in its existence when the once strong fibers of the stem, now weakened with age and natural processes, finally let go. The tree came crashing to earth, falling exactly down the rows of cacao, barely fitting between two lines of trees spaced at 3 meters apart, and not damaging a single one. Sleeping neighbors as far as one kilometer away were awakened by the loud crack when the thick trunk snapped. Three of the old ceibo’s progeny, one near the Hacienda Barú Restaurant and two near Bomba El Ceibo gas station, remain in remembrance of the old patriarch who once dominated the skies.
Our breezy open air restaurant allows you to observe the gardens and natural surroundings as you dine. We have five private ranchos for guests that want an intimate setting perhaps for a romantic candlelight dinner or a special family meal.
Our menu is primarily very tasty typical Costa Rican food, but we do offer a variety of dishes for those who either don’t like or want a break from rice and beans.
We offer a selection Costa Rican fruit drinks known as FRESCOS meaning refreshing, soft drinks, a selection of Costa Rican beer, you must have heard of Imperial, wines and other licors.
Entradas / Appetizer
Ensalada pequeña  / Tossed green salad (small) ……………… $  3.00
Ensalada Mixta / Mixed salad……………………..………….. $  9.50
Ensalada del Chef / Chef salad…………………………..…… $10.00
Ensalada con pollo / Chicken salad…………………………… $11.00
Ensalada Cesar / Cesar salad…………………………………. $ 9.00
Buffalo Wings ……………………………………..…………   $ 9.00
Alas de pollo cubiertas de salsa picante
Chicken wings served with hot sauce
Orden de papas / French fries ……………………….……………….$4.00
Plato de frutas / Fruit plate ………………………………..………….$4.00
 
Frijoles molidos (chips) / Tortilla Chips with refried beans..………..$3.00
Pan al ajo / Garlic bread ………………………………..…………….$1.50
Ceviche / Fish ceviche…………………………………….…………$5.00
Filete de pescado con limón
Fish fillet served in lemon juice
Sopa de mariscos / Shellfish soup……………………………………$10.00
Emparedados / Sandwiches
Servido con papas / Served with fries
Pechuga de pollo / Chicken Breast ………………………….$9.00
Queso / Cheese ……………………………………………….$6.00
Jamon y Queso / Ham and Cheese ……………………………$7:00
Tocineta / BLT ……………………………………………….$9.00
Atún / Tuna ………………………………………………….$9.00
Vegetariano / Vegetarian…….……………………………….$7.00
Hamburguesa / Hamburger ………………………………….$7.50
Hamburguesa con Queso / Cheeseburger ………………..….$8.00
Club quesadilla . ……………………………………………..$9.00
 
Los precios INCLUYEN el 10% y 13% de Impuestos / Prices INCLUDE 10% service charge and 13% sales tax.
 
 
Arroz / Rice
Servidos con ensalada
Typical Costa Rican dish served with small salad
 
Pollo / Chicken ………………………………………………… $9.00
Jardinera (vegetariano) / Vegetables ………………………….. $7.00
Camarones / Shrimp …………………………………………… $12.00
Mariscos / Shellfish …………………………………………… $14.00
Casado /Typical Costa Rican Meal
Servido con arroz blanco o integral, frijoles, ensalada, picadillo y platano con:
Beans, white rice or organic brown rice, and salad served with:
 
Pollo / Chicken …………………………………..……….….. $9.50
Pescado / Fish ………………………………………………… $11.00
Chuleta / Pork chop ………………………………………….. $9.00
Vegetariano / Vegetables ……………………………..….….. $8.00
Pollo / Chicken
 
Tropical………………………………………………….…….$14.50
Servido con arroz y vegetales
Served with rice and vegetables
 
A la plancha / Grilled ……………………………….………. $12.00
Servido con papa y vegetales.
Served with potatoe and vegetables
 
Empanizado con salsa de hongos /
 Breaded with mushroom sauce…………….…………….… $15.00
Servido con papas fritas y vegetales
Served with fries and vegetables
Carnes / Meats
 
Medallones de Lomito / Beef Tenderloin Medallions ………$21.00
Servido con papas y vegetales
Served with potatoes
Filete Miñon / Fillet Mignon …………………………………..$21.00
Servido con pure y vegetales
Served with mashed potatoes and vegetables
 
Pescado / Fish
 
 
Filete al ajillo / Garlic fillet ……………………………………$13.00
Servido con arroz y vegetales
Served with rice and vegetables
 
Filete empanizado / Breaded fillet …………………………….$14.50
Servido con arroz y vegetales
Served with rice and vegetables
 
Filete a la plancha / Grilled Fish Fillet ……………………….$13.00
Servido con arroz y vegetales
Served with rice and vegetables
 
Filete al vino blanco / Fish Fillet Sautée in White Wine..…….$17.00
Servido con arroz y vegetales
Served with rice and vegetables
Camarones/ Large Shrimp
Al Ajillo / Sautéed in Garlic Butter …………….………………$18.50
Servidos con pure y vegetales
Served with mashed potatoes and vegetables
 
A la mantequilla/ Sautée in Butter ……………………………….$18.50
Servidos con pure y vegetales
Served with mashed potatoes and vegetables
A la plancha / Grilled …………………………………..……..…$18.50
Servidos con pure y vegetales
Served with mashed potatoes and vegetables
Pastas
 
 
Carbonara …………………………….…………..………….$13.00
Salsa blanca con tocineta
Bacon and cream sauce
 
Boloñesa …………………………………….…. …….….……$11.00
Salsa de tomate con carne
Tomato sauce with ground beef
 
Con Ajo / With Garlic …………………………………….…$ 5.00
En mantequilla
With butter
 
Con camarones / With shrimp ………….………..……..……$21.00
Vegetariana / Vegetarian …………………………….……….$12.00
En Salsa de tomate
In tomato sauce
 
Fetuchini con pollo……………………………………………$10.50
Salsa blanca y vegetales
Vegetables and cream sauce
 
Porto Fino   ………………..………………………………….$ 9.50
Con pesto y salsa de tomate
With pesto and tomato sauce                                                              
 
 
 
Postres / Desserts
 
Helado / Ice Cream ……..…………………………………….$2.50
Helado con frutas / Ice Cream with Fruit ……………………$4.50
Crepas Suzetas / Crepes Suzette …………………………….$6.00
Banana Split ……..……………………………………………$3.00
Piña a la parrilla / Grilled Pineapple …………….………….$3.50
Banana flambé …………………………………………………$6.50
 
 
 
 
BEBIDAS / DRINKS

 

 

NATURALES / Natural Fruit Drinks
Mango
Papaya
Banano
Piña / Pineapple
Sandía / Watermelon
Guanabana / Soursop
Fresa / Strawberry
En Leche / With Milk…….…………………………….$2.50
En Agua / With Water……………………………….$2.00
Refrescos Embotellados / Sodas
Coca Cola (Regular / Light)  ……………………….……..$1.60
Ginger Ale, Fresca, Club Soda, Fanta…………….….$1.60
Tropical / Bottled fruit drinks ………………….…….$1.60
Botella Agua / Bottled Water — 600 ml …………..… $1.50
Botella Agua / Bottled Water – 1750 ml.……………..$2.00
Café / Coffee …………………………………………$1.00
 

 

 

Cerveza / Beer                                                                      Cocktail                    
Imperial ……………..$2.20                         Margarita …………$6.20
Pilsen ……………….$2.20                                    Piña Colada ………$6.50
Bavaria Gold ……….$3.00                                   Cuba Libre ………..$6.20
Bavaria Dark ……….$3.00                                    Daikiri …………….$5.20
Corona………………$3.60
Licor/Liquor
Nicolai Vodka………$2.00                                    Cacique Guaro……$2.00
Passport Scotch…..…$2.50                                    Ron Rico……….…$2.00
Beefeater Ginebra…..$3.00                                    José Cuervo Gold…$3.60
Centenario Ron…..…$2.50                                    Baileys………….…$3.60
Flor de Caña …….…$2.50                                    Café Rica……….…$2.40
Bacardi Ron…………$2.20
Vinos / Wine
Blanco, tinto y rosado             
White, red and rose          
Copa Vino de la casa / Glass of house wine………………………… $3.40
Botella de vino / Bottle of house wine…..………………………$13.60
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