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Gingerbread Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Central American, Costa Rican, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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Gingerbread Hotel, Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica
+506 2694 0039
17:00 - 19:30
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Tue - Sat 17:00 - 19:30
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Managua, Nicaragua
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103 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A must for your Culinary Road trip of Costa Rica. Their chef is amazing! The daily menu is written on a black board at the entrance and you can't go wrong with anything on the list. Plenty of variety in the menu: fish, meat, duck, vegetarian... Gingerbread is only open from 5:30-7:30, and make sure you call ahead for reservations.... More 

Thank Rose Mary G
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really great to have the opportunity to taste Eyals food ! He's an artist ....... Good atmosphere, good food, good wine ! Can't wait to get back !

Thank Philip v
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was the most delicious food we have had in Costa Rica. The portions are huge, everything was fresh and cooked to perfection!

Thank Wendy J
United States
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31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This may be the best restaurant in Central America. If you are in Costa Rica, you need to find a way to get there. 'Nuf said.

Thank CHEB15
Phoenix, Arizona
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed our meal here very much. Funny name for a Costa Rican Resturant. Their menu also very diverse. The atmosphere was open and inviting. We were greeted by Beth who used to live in Arizona what's the odds ? The sautéed mushrooms and heart of palm , avocado and several local cheeses, capers, delicious fresh tomatoes and sun dried... More 

Thank Donna M
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52 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

We were a group of 7, so Chef Ayol planned our menu and served it promptly. We figured out that we basically got to sampe all the menu items...4 appetizers (tuna poke, mushrooms, organic duck quesadilla, and Greek salad), 3 entrees (organic lamb, caneloni, and ribs), and 4 desserts (brownie, bananas foster. Tiramisu, and bread pudding). Everything was fresh and... More 

Thank Round Rock Foodie
1 review
Reviewed 10 March 2017

Recently stayed at Gingerbread for 4 days with a few friends. If you're looking for incredible food, amazing company (Eyal is the bomb), with a killer view...look no further. Eyal welcomed us with open arms and served us a ridiculous meal in a very cool atmosphere. Stop reading this and just go. You will NOT be disappointed!!

Thank Ashley F
Hastings, Canada
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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

This quiet little restaurant just outside of Nuevo Arenal is a must to experience if you're in the area. Extraordinary cuisine made with fresh local ingredients in a lovely rural setting. The chef himself is part of the whole experience!

Thank Jennifer G
Guelph, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

The food is frickin fabulous. I myself am a chef and i found it all delicious. Try the chefs pick, you won't be disappointed. I am not sure it is for kids. After dinner the music got cranked and the party began. The rooms are quaint and clean. Very comfortable.

Thank chefnif
Gatineau, Canada
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4 reviews
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Food and wine were amazing. Family sized dishes to share. Eyal is a great chef and gregarious host. Best food in Costa Rica so far. We had the beef tenderloin for 4 and the sea bass. They provded a specail dessert to celebrate an anniversary and birthday. Great wine list with a generous serving by the glass. Not to be... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$50
Central American, Costa Rican, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Digital Payments, Cash Only, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 19:30
17:00 - 19:30
17:00 - 19:30
17:00 - 19:30
17:00 - 19:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Gingerbread Hotel, Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Nuevo Arenal
  • Phone Number: +506 2694 0039

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?