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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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Rosetown, Canada
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93 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Even though we wanted to try different restaurants during our stay, we voted to go back here for our last night at Samara. We had both kind of ribs, the rib eye steak, fish and mussels, stuffed chicken, pork tenderloin wrapped with bacon and provolone cheese, shrimp and shrimp stuffed squid between 2 meals. They were all served with huge... More 

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Lenexa, KS
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213 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had first and only steak in Costa Rica here and was not disappointed. Hard to beat wood-fired grilling. Steak quality was very good; better than what I expected, and the shrimp salad was also very good.

Thank kurteg
Windsor, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our hotel recommended we try here and we are glad we did. The restaurant was very busy when we arrived (7pm) so perhaps consider booking. We were lucky and grabbed the last table. Both meals were delicious, we had the grilled chicken and sirloin steak. All meals appear to be served with a jacket potato, a whole roasted tomato and... More 

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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went here twice for diner. My husband had the sirloin and spareribs, all perfect BBQ taste and juicy. Great side dish. I ordered the stuffed chicken, o my, very good. If you love grilled meat, you HAVE to go here, Fingerlicking good food! It costs a bit more but the menu has something for every budget.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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97 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This meal was probably the best I have had here in Samara...and I have not had a bad meal yet. They cook the meats and fish over open grills, and the flavors are to die for! My friend had a steak which he said was delicious and I had the stuffed chicken, one of their "house specialties"...WOW! Lots of great... More 

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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a freshly caught Red Snapper grilled and added the grilled vegatables. Open kitchen and grill, you can watch your food being cooked. Best baked potato I've had since a Yukon Gold in Idaho.

Thank Jose C
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

do not miss this restaurant. Best food we had the whole 2 weeks we stayed in Samara. I ordered the lobster and prawns and it was so good and fresh. We had six people in our party and every single plate was so delicious. Worth every penny.

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Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There was and open fire at this restaurant and the food was cooked mainly on the fire. The steaks we had were beautifully cooked. The atmosphere there was wonderful. Glad we went early as we wouldn't have got a table otherwise.

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40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The comfortable ambiance draws you in but the well-executed food will definitely bring you back. We had the most beautifully prepared steaks; tender, nicely seasoned and ample in size. The service staff was attentive and eager to please. This is clearly a "go to" restaurant for locals as the owner greeted many by name which is always a nice touch.

Thank hikergirl500
Randolph, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a very good place. Steak was awesome and portions were good. Service was good! Prices were also reasonable. We took the taxi from our resort because we wanted a break from our resort food.

Thank jean5212

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, Barbecue, Central American, Costa Rican, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, 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?