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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” (60 reviews)
“steak” (127 reviews)
“surf and turf” (28 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Seafood, Barbecue, Central American, Costa Rican, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Tried the grilled squid... Three times during my stay. Staff was friendly and attentive. Dishes were well prepared.

Thank Giovanni B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Staff is great and the food is cooked over an open pit. Food is excellent, reasonable and great. Try the grilled fish filet with olive oil , garlic and baked potato. The best evening fine dining . Going back.

Thank Lubbockians
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Best all round restaurant we found in Samara! Amazing seafood, chicken and other meat dishes. Vegetarian dishes were a little sparse though

Thank Todd N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had dinner here on our last night in Playa Samara and wish we had eaten here earlier. These people know how to BBQ! We had surf and turf and couldn't have had a better meal. The prices are a little higher than many places...More

Thank Terry R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had the most delicious meal here. Was the most expensive meal we ate and deservedly so. Try the spicy stuffed jalapeños with shrimp wrapped in provolone. A memorable evening of atmosphere, excellent service, and delicious food

Thank Chris U
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great spot off the beaten path in Samara, Costa Rica. Argentinian cuisine is the house specialty. INCREDIBLE grilled vegetarian platter, shrimp salad, mixed grill platter, grilled garlic bread, etc. The house special grilled pineapple dessert was a welcomed treat as I cannot eat gluten. Delicious!...More

Thank SusiesPicks
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

If you appreciate a great piece of grilled meat or fish, this is the place to be in Samara! Nice setting, great food and friendly staff! Although the price is slightly higher than the Costa Rica standard, the food is worth it!

Thank KiraLat
Reviewed 19 September 2017

Don't miss El Lagarto when you visit Samara. It was excellent. We didn't expect CR to have such high quality beef but they do and this restaurant is stellar. You can watch them cook your meal if you are so inclined over a massive wood...More

Thank Nancy E
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

It's the off season in Samara in September, and we were glad to find a restaurant that was open. Nice ambience and service. I had tilapia with garlic sauce, and it was fresh, but too oily, everything seemed really oily, even my potato, but with...More

Thank castorita
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

El Lagarto is a must must and having dinner while in Playa Samara. This restaurant has one of the most unique barbecue grill. The wood sits on top with two grills at the bottom. While the wood burns, the coals fall into the bottom on...More

Thank Luis D
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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, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
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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