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Ma Ma Gui

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Banco National Main Road, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 2347
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Santa Ana, Costa Rica
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the best dinner ever had in Costa Rica! Excellent service, great food, nice atmosphere. Cured carpaccio w/fresh organic arugula and cherry tomatoes confit, fresh sword fish carpaccio with red pepper and apple green salad, home made prosciutto with excellent pecorino cheese and delicious homemade desserts! What else... I'll be back!

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Gigio P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this review

Dear Massimo Independently from our long lasting friendship, it is a great pleasure to have a candid positive review about MAMAGUI. I very well aware of your skills in the art of cooking therefore I know for fact you have analyzed every bite of your meals before expressing your review. Frankly It has been a big cooking endeavor to satisfy... More 

Pendleton, Oregon
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128 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We wanted Italian food so walked in and were seated immediately. The owner from Italy was so nice. It was the best Italian food ever. I had linguini with tuna. Husband had a noodle dish with ham. Excellent wine and we just mentioned how we had lemoncello in Italy. The owner brought us some of his lemoncello. He also let... More 

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Gigio P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind reviews We are delighted to hear good things about our effort. It is our pleasure to complement some after dinner drink. In any case we express all our gratitude for your patronage. We sincerely hope to welcome you in the very near future. Best Gigio Palazzzo More 

Level Contributor
12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

We are talkin about some serious good Italian food! The chief is from NYC and has brought with him the need for excellent food in Samara. The East meets West Salad is by far the best salad I have ever had! The noodles are made on site!

Thank Kristina P
Victoria, Canada
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a gem this place is!! My husband and I ate at Ma Ma Gui's four times when we were in Samara late April/early May. It is so good!! Everything is fresh, homemade and delicious! The owners and staff are extremely friendly and are very professional. I swear I've been going through withdrawals since returning to Canada.

Thank Laurie T
Gigio P, Manager at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this review

Kindness is free it comes from the soul! Thank you for your review and we sincerely hope you will not experience any Mamagui withdrawal!!!! Thank again we hope to see you again!!! More 

Buffalo, New York
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

new managers since our last visit; food and service were good then, but better now; excellent tuna dishes; good variety of menu tho not large

Thank sbbinder49
Manchester, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

Small, intimate and stylish setting.. Caters for all, families or couples. Lovely live music and fantastic food. Great atmosphere and lighting. Front tables a little cramped and close to road! Some disappointment as no gluten free pizza but all other meal choices were fabulous. Gracias!

Thank 5U2E
London, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 April 2017

We were enticed by the romantic atmosphere, candle-lit tables and beach house vibes. Staff were friendly, genuine and helpful. The chef's special (fresh crab pasta) was delicious, as were the desserts. One of our favourite meals of our 4 nights in Sámara. If we'd stayed another night we would've returned, no doubt. Gracias por todo, ¡pura vida!

Thank Victoria W
Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 18 April 2017

We stayed at Casitas Lazdivaz and Ma Ma Gui was recommended to us by Sara, the owner ! Lovely place! Scrumptious pizza!

Thank Rozemarijn S
Reno, Nevada
2 reviews
Reviewed 18 April 2017

As ex-pats we dine here regularly. It's always good! The food is excellent, the staff is friendly, desserts are wonderful. The chef really puts a fresh, creative spin on all dishes. Try the deconstructed tiramisu. The manager, Matteo, is a pleasure to chat with, and he is always so welcoming. We look forward to our next dinner. Highly recommend!

Thank One4Bluewater
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

Best meal in 2 weeks over 3 places in Costa Rica. Went out of their way to be helpful. Home smoked fish and meat, impressive selection of all ingredients.

Thank Adam B
Gigio P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this review

What else can we say! Thank you thank you thank you!!! We humbly try everyday to deliver our best! Very encouraging review!!! Mamagui crew More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?