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Restaurante Casa Esmeralda

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Italian, Seafood, Central American, Costa Rican
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Samara Beach | 300 Mts. Oeste Correo Postal, Playa Samara 50205, Costa Rica
+506 2656 0489
07:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 22:00
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

4000 colones Casado was good but nothing spectacular. Typical menu. Service was good but ordered four year rum but when the check came we were charged for seven year and when I asked why they said there were out of the four year?

Thank RBrydenthal
Milton, Ontario, Canada
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44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had dinner at this restaurant in early November. The food was very good. This location is casual and it has a place that you can wash your feet. Which comes in handy when you are walking along the Beach. Our Waiter was very nice and the service was fast. I believe they also have rooms available rent. Another bonus... More 

Thank Amilcar M
Casa Esmeralda s, Gerente at Restaurante Casa Esmeralda, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind comments, it is a pleasure to serve you !! We actually have available rooms. We hope to see you soon. More 

Covington, Kentucky
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had the avocado fish it was great and the service is second to none. A bit pricey but they take Visa.

Thank Pete R
Casa Esmeralda s, Gerente at Restaurante Casa Esmeralda, responded to this review

Thanks for your visit .. our menu has different options that we prepared with our very famous sauce, avocado ... guests all to try our extensive menu in seafood and do not forget to ask for the avocado sauce. More 

Asheville, North Carolina
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22 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

We were on a family trip to Costa Rica in July/Aug 2016, and we spend three days in Playa Samara. There were 18 people in our group, ages 8-74. The proprietor of our hotel, Hotel Villas Kalimba, recommended Casa Esmerelda. It was a short five minute walk from our hotel. The restaurant decor and atmosphere wasn't much to speak of,... More 

Thank Ann S
Heredia, Costa Rica
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

All our dishes were delicious, best rice with shrimps I've tried in many years traveling in Costa Rica. The waiter was super friendly and professional, made us feel really welcomed. Visited this place a couple of years ago and liked it a lot, so we returned and they keep kitchen and dishes quality on top.

Thank ronny_sanchez
Acton, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

We ate here 4 times when staying in Samara. It was clean and the service great. For the money you get fresh local food without any fanfare. Try the grilled Mahi Mahi with avacado or the shrimp and rice.

Thank gabrielle1971
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

The food was delicious!!! And the lemonade , I try to always order natural waters , was to die for!! The only bad thing was the wait. It took an hour for our food to be brought. There were only two other families there. One of which already had their food.

Thank Stephanie R
Los Alamos, New Mexico
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

Four of us had dinner here. After a couple of dinners on the beach, we were ready to get away from the sand. This place is bright and clean, well decorated and comfortable, and the high-speed ceiling fans really keep you cool and the bugs away! Our waiter provided good service. Our dinners were very tasty - my husband's tuna... More 

Mifflinville, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016 via mobile

Not a soul in the place eating...but I read good reviews so I decide this is the place we go. They specialize in seafood we heard. Two of the things we ordered they didn't have...one being lobster...our most important. On the menu....Dos Eqis.....yeah...they didn't have that either. Very disappointed wished we would have gone somewhere better.

Thank tracy t
south florida
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53 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2016

We went here on the advice of our hotel manager - and it did not disappoint. The atmosphere is nothing too special, but the food was. We had arroz con pollo, a whole fried snapper and an app of grilled octopus. It was all really delicious. We had arroz con pollo 3 times in Samara - and this was my... More 

Thank tortugas2x

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Seafood, Central American, Costa Rican
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Samara Beach | 300 Mts. Oeste Correo Postal, Playa Samara 50205, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
  • Phone Number: +506 2656 0489

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