The restaurant at Hacienda Barú offers the best natural food options in the area.

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.
 
RESTAURANTE EL CEIBO
Lunch Menu
 
Hacienda Baru Salads
 
There are few things that are as refreshing as a crisp salad for a summer lunch. These salads are served with bread and your choice of dressing.
 
Tossed Green Salad................................................................. $5.50
 
Heart of Palm Salad................................................................. $6.00
 
Chef Salad............................................................................... $6.50
 
Chicken Salad.......................................................................... $7.00
 
 
Costa Rican Casado
 
A Casado is the most typical Costa Rican meal you can eat. Normally in the Costa Rican markets and sodas when you order a Casado you get rice, beans and vegetables
with your choice of chicken, fish, steak or pork chop.
 
Casado with Chicken............................................................... $7.50
 
Casado with Fish..................................................................... $7.50
 
Casado with Smoked Pork Chop............................................ $7.50
 
Vegetarian Casado.................................................................. $6.50
 
 
Costa Rican Rice Dishes
 
Rice dishes are also typically eaten in Costa Rican homes. Every Costa Rican has their rice dish specialty. The most common rice dish is Arroz con Pollo-Rice with Chicken but you will also find Arroz con Mariscos-Rice with Seafood, Arroz con Calamares-Rice with Calamari and let’s not forget Arroz con Camarones or Rice with Shrimp. At Hacienda Baru, we have three specialty rice dishes for you. Arroz con Pollo, Arroz con Camarones and Arroz con Vegetales-Vegetarian Rice. All rice dishes are served with a small salad.
 
Rice with Chicken Breast............................................................ $6.50
 
Rice with Shrimp....................................................................... $10.50
 
Rice with Vegetables................................................................... $6.00
 
 
 
SANDWICHES
Served with French Fries
 
 
Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich....................................................... $7.50
 
Grilled Fish Fillet Sandwich................................................................ $8.00
 
Tuna Salad Sandwich........................................................................ $6.00
 
Bacon Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich................................................ $6.50
 
Ham and Cheese Sandwich............................................................... $6.00
 
Cheese Sandwich.............................................................................. $5.00
 
Club Sandwich................................................................................ $10.50
 
Vegetarian Sandwich......................................................................... $5.00
 
Hamburger........................................................................................ $5.50
 
Cheese Burger.................................................................................. $6.00
 
  
 
Prices Include All Taxes and Service Charges
 
 
 
 
 
 
RESTAURANTE EL CEIBO
Dinner Menu
 
 
 
All fish dishes are served with potatoes, vegetables, bread and a side salad.
 
Fish Filet in Lemon Sauce.............................................................. $9.50
 
Fish Filet sautéed in garlic butter.................................................... $8.00
 
Breaded Fish Filet......................................................................... $9.50
 
 All shrimp dishes are served with potatoes, vegetables, bread and a side salad
 
Jumbo Shrimp in Lemon Sauce................................................... $16.50
 
Jumbo Shrimp sautéed in garlic butter.......................................... $16.00
 
Breaded Jumbo Shrimp............................................................... $17.50
 
 
All Pasta dishes are served with bread and a side salad
 
Alfredo – Cream Sauce with Ham................................................. $7.50
 
Arrabiata – Spicy Tomatoe Sauce................................................. $7.00
 
Carbonara – Cream Sauce with Bacon.......................................... $9.00
 
Garlic – Sauteed in Garlic Butter.................................................... $6.00
 
Shrimp – Cream Sauce with Shrimp............................................. $15.00
 
 
 All chicken dishes are served with, potatoes, vegetables, bread and a side salad
 
Chicken Breast in Tropical Sauce................................................. $9.00
 
Chicken Breast in Cream Sauce................................................... $9.50
 
Breaded Chicken Breast.............................................................. $9.00
 
 
 Prices Include All Taxes & Service Charges

 

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