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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” (136 reviews)
“surf and turf” (32 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 566 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago

If you're hungry and looking to eat meat, this is the place to come. The steaks are delicious and you can get large portions. The meat or fish main dishes are paired with yummy grilled sides. The wine list is decent too. Good service!

Thank Stephen L
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is incredible. We're from Nebraska where we KNOW good beef. And the beef at El Lagarto is excellent. I recommend the tenderloin--choose whatever size you like and enjoy. What really tips the scales is the amazing way it is cooked, over hot hot...More

Thank ElizabethN234
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and another couple spent a couple of days in Carrillo. El Lagarto had been highly recommended to dine at for dinner by some friends. We had six o'clock reservations. And there was one other table.. By 6:45 the place was packed.It is a...More

Thank Jiminysuzy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had my purse stolen at this restaurant and subsequently heard of the same happening to someone else. Keep your valuables very close here

Thank HikergalVancouver
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our first stop after a long drive from Arenal was here. It was late and we were the only people in the restaurant but we couldn’t have been more pleased with the food. I had the Mahi Mahi which was amazing. My girlfriend had the...More

Thank Brian H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Typically in town we go for typical cosadas or fish, as in general beef isn’t of the best quality in the area. This is the place for beef. Prices are on the higher end for town but you won’t regret coming here. Service is good...More

Thank Greg D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I both ordered the surf and turf #1 requesting medium on the beef. My tenderloin was excellent, actually on the medium-well side, but my wife's came out almost blue rare. She returned it, and it was still very rare when it came...More

Thank John B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fine restaurant for well cooked and delicious food including steak and fish. The fire pit is very impressive. Large servings so go hungry or share one meal if you are a light eater. Good service and they accept cards which is rare in Samara.

Thank FundyShore
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed our steaks cooked over wood fire. Very flavorful cooked perfectly. Went twice as it was so good.

Thank racndlop
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took a Friend there for her Birthday & all was delightful... great drinks, good wine... scrumptious apps, dinner & deserts. Service was very good with lots of smiles & laughs with staff!!!

Thank James C
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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, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
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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