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Ma Ma Gui

Banco National Main Road, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 2347
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Banco National Main Road, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Presentation, service, and drinks were perfect. We had the appetizer of in house cured fish array. It was really really fishy and incredibly salty, but maybe I just don't have a refined enough pallet. My husband got the pork and it was spot on, I...More

Thank SeidgeTheDay
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been to Samara many times over the years but this was my first time to eat at Mama Gui. If I had only known how amazing their food and service was, I would have eaten there over and over again. Every person working...More

Thank Jimmi C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent high quality Italian with fabulous Pizza, Carpaccio's, Pasta dishes. Good Service, always busy. This is our favorite restaurant in Samara and we return time and again...

Thank Judd C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went for dinner with friends (3 couples) and 2 kids. They made room for a 8 party table, service was very good and food as well, real Italian pasta made on site, side dishes a bit on the scarce tiny size. A bit over priced...More

Thank renemg
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I got a babysitter while on holiday and went to Ma Ma Gui's. It was incredibly good food, wine and service. I loved the marriage of Italian food and all the fresh fish. We got two carpaccio appetizers of fish, I got...More

Thank ihearttravel13
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I think this is the best Italian food I have had ( and I’ve been to Italy many many times including eating at a double Michelin started restaurant on Capri). They make their own cheese and cure their own meats and fish. I had the...More

Thank Daisy I
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I always stop and I eat there. The wine is really tasteful. The people are really nice and the prices a normal for Costa Rica.

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Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

We went for dinner once there, we sat, order, ate and when we were going to pay our food told us: only in cash. I'm from Costa Rica, my friends and my husband aren't so I ask to the waiter it would have been nice...More

Thank Ben P
Gigio P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2018

Dear Ben I really love to answer to your review. First of all allow us to thank you for coming to MAMAGUI. My floor crew is extremely polite, otherwise they would not collect so many accolades from our customers. My guys speak multiple languages so...More

Reviewed 3 May 2018

We ended up going here twice while in town. The food always delivered great taste. As good as anything you would find in a big city.

1  Thank Bruce B
Gigio P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2018

HI Bruce Thank you so much for the compliment. Yes indeed we come from a big city. NYC. We try hard every day to give a big city restaurant flair and food to Samara. 99% of the time we succeed Thank you Gigio

Reviewed 26 April 2018

My husband and I walked past this sweet place many times and decided to eat there on our last night in Playa Samara. John Carlos was our waiter and was such a pleasure to meet! We had their gnocchi and a lovely salad. Absolutely delicious....More

1  Thank Holly S
Gigio P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2018

Dear Holly We try humbly every day to deliver great service, excellent food and if we may a superb experience!!! Thank you from all of us!!! Gigio Palazzo

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1 February 2015|
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Response from knuelp | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, in addition the church is on that road, this might help as you can see it easily and the road also leads towards the Nosara gravel road.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Dinner, Drinks, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Banco National Main Road, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
  • Phone Number: +506 2656 2347
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