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El Lagarto

$$ - $$$Seafood, Barbecue,
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 0750
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good25%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“baked potato” (49 reviews)
“steak” (134 reviews)
“surf and turf” (31 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Seafood, Barbecue, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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1 - 10 of 555 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

excellent food! I would go again and again and again if playa samara did not have a number of great restaurants. i highly recommend the baby back ribs - yummy! Top 5 in playa samara!

Thank Taylordog2014
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The food is delicious, and amazing service! My husband and I ordered the surf and turf. Everything was cooked to perfection and mouthwatering. The staff is attentive and quick to get orders placed. 10/10 would come back again!

Thank Erin A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely amazingly prepared seafood, fantastic steak, great service. We really enjoyed everything about El Lagarto. You can also pay by card, which is a lot more flexible than in most places in Samara.

Thank Aiste P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice restaurant with grilled food in a small street near the beach. The advantage is that you can pay by credit card. In all other restaurants in Samara, you need to pay cash.

Thank katmat1997
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The best meal in Costa Rica and we had some good ones.great service I had the meat platter superb 😄

Thank Michael W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Friendly, attentive waitress...great grill fired steaks and seafood. On a quiet side street of Samara. We enjoyed tasty cocktails, delicious appetizers and steaks grilled to order. A little higher priced but well worth it.

Thank Deborah G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

During our recent stay in Samara we enjoyed two good meals at El Largato. The shrimp stuffed squid was both a unique and flavorful entrée. Paulo from Barcelona was waiter and she did an amazing job. By Samaran standards some might suggest that the meal...More

Thank 0MikesTravels0
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate there twice in a 10 day stay and both times were great. My first meal was tuna with grilled vegetables and all was amazing. Others in our group had mahi mahi and red snapper which was also very good. The second visit I...More

Thank vickilb71
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Delicious food but with small portions. Rather pricey. In town and walk-able from town. A more upscale restaurant but similar menu at some restaurants on the beach.

Thank rlapointe004
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I went there last Tuesday with 4 of our friends. The place is wide open under a high teak roof. The server was pleasant and spoke good English. They use hot coals and wood to cook over. We started with the bacon...More

Thank Pat L
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Questions & Answers
Janet C
15 March 2017|
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Response from green4eva | Reviewed this property |
It is on a side street off of the hwy to Nosara. Go past the Pali grocery store, turn left after Mama Gui. There is a sign at the corner for it and the camping, it is right near the camp ground. We probably would have never... More
27 January 2017|
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Response from Pete R | Reviewed this property |
yes they accept credit. there are only a few that do.
Maureen S
18 January 2015|
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Response from maluyna | Reviewed this property |
Yes it s now at manglar place, same (high) prices but no beach front anymore...
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Seafood, Barbecue, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Playa Samara, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
  • Phone Number: +506 2656 0750
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