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El Lagarto

) #3 of 52 Restaurants in Playa Samara $$ - $$$ Seafood, Barbecue,
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 0750
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good25%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“baked potato” (46 reviews)
“steak” (123 reviews)
“surf and turf” (27 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Seafood, Barbecue, Central American, Costa Rican, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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1 - 10 of 520 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Atmosphere and style give you a warm feeling. Dinner is really good. I would recommend a steak rather than rips. Also I liked the caipitica!

Thank Robert K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hands down one of our best meals in Samara. The food is fresh, simply prepared and delicious! If you like the taste of wood grilled seafood and steaks you will love this place! Meats are cooked to perfection and generous portions. Vegetables are also grilled,...More

Thank sagegoodman
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After a day zip lining we didn't want to drive too far and discovered this jewel of a restaurant up the hill from our hotel! The ambiance is lovely and the food is amazing!

Thank Ellen M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Neat location and concept, but overpriced and mediocre quality food. I have food allergies and they were unable (or perhaps unwilling) to accommodate my special needs, so I ate the meat and gave everything else to my husband. The open wood fire cooking was neat...More

Thank Happywintertraveller
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I ate here during our time in Costa Rica last week. We visited on a tour for a week and this was hands down the best meal we ate. We were disappointed the Playa Samara location didn't have an ocean view, but...More

Thank SandyFeet28
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A very pleasant meal at a reasonable price. We followed a recommendation from our hotel and weren't disappointed. Mostly grilled meat or fish, cooked over wood embers in full view, served with baked potatoes and simple veg. Very friendly and helpful staff. During our meal...More

Thank Toby C
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

During a recent trip my wife and I enjoyed rib eye steaks done perfectly on their wood coals. Their oven system is amazing to watch your dinner cooking. Dinners are served with a nice baked potato and veggie slice very tasty with their spices. We...More

Thank Bullies3
Reviewed 13 July 2017

I decided to try this restaurant after a handwritten comment that I had seen on the bulletin board at the hotel where I was staying in Playa Samara. The commentator gave this restaurant a 10, so I was encouraged to give it a try and...More

Thank cas905
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

We have been to this restaurant more than 5 times in the 6 months we are here in Samara. The portions are generous and the service is excellent! The BBQ pit is open-air and you can see the grilling taking place. I would recommend the...More

Thank Koriynne W
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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, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, 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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