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El Lagarto

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Seafood, Barbecue, Central American, Costa Rican, Gluten Free Options
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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Pendleton, Oregon
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128 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went here with a group - most items on the menu were ordered. I had the tilapia fillet. It was cooked to perfection, and the grilled vegetables were great. Husband had the rib eye - also good. The grill is huge. Everyone was happy with their meal. Two for one drinks too. The next night many of the same... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I recently moved to Playa Samara and discovered this restaurant, although it s a steak house it does serve a vegetarian plate. The prices are shown in dollars...but because I have lived in Costa Rica going on 2 years, I am used to paying in colones and I mistakenly paid what would be a $9 bill plus tip ..$11 with... More 

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Thank dharmadance
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I had dinner last night at El Lagarto as a farewell celebration with our neighbors after spending six months in Samara. The hostess and waitress were very friendly and attentive but it is excruciatingly hot inside as they are lacking fans to circulate the air. We all tried a different dish and the food was acceptable, not... More 

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Thank Bob C
Portland
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very unique, off the beaten path. They cook everything over an open grill so everything has a nice smoke flavor. Even the grilled tomato that came with my perfectly cooked medium rare ribeye was fantastic. This place should have a higher rating for Samara. Also, best mojito we've ever had.

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Thank Aspenleaves
Evergreen, Colorado
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The best steak dinner I have had in years. Beautiful restauraunt BEST GRILL I HAVE SEEN. How do I get one of those? Great Staff. Great Surprise. Hate to admit it ,but i asked my wife were we should eat before we leave town, we at there twice in a week it was so good. Thank you all at El... More 

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Thank Fergus6060
London, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food was amazing: we had a juicy steak and king prawns grilled to perfection, tender vegetables and the best melt-in-your-mouth baked potato. And I still dream about the grilled pineapple and ice-cream dessert. Portions were large. The atmosphere is fun and lively (and HOT if you sit near the kitchen action) with chunky wooden tables overlooking the open fire... More 

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Thank Victoria W
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2 reviews
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Amazing food and staff! The steak was cooked to perfection and the vegetables were delicious. The drinks are great too! Cant wait to return and try the Manuel Antonio location

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Thank Christine S
Madrid, Spain
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

It is all about the meat. Very nice meat. A little bit pricey though. The service was good as well .

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Thank Jesús M
Alameda, CA
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32 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Don't know if it's the open flame...the seasoning...the chicken...or we were just plain hungry or all of the above? But what a chicken we had! Plain grilled chicken breast fillet so good we had to order a second order!

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Thank onthegojl
Canada
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112 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Over-priced food. We waited until the end of our trip to experience the food, but it was pretty boring and over-priced.

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Restaurant Details

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

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