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The Gilded Iguana Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
Bar, Central American, Costa Rican, Latin, Seafood, International, Spanish, South American
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50 M South of Mini Super Delicias Del Mundo | Playa Guiones, Nosara 5233, Costa Rica
+506 2682 0259
09:00 - 10:00
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Thousand Oaks, California
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

My family and I ate here daily during our stay. We had breakfast here daily. Very delicious. The evening meals were very good as well. One evening there was a band which was entertaining.

Thank tjavascott
Vienna, Virginia
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

This landmark restaurant is currently closed and under renovation. It will open under new ownership and will be much more upscale according to word on the street.

1 Thank DCSurfer
Claverack, New York
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

I think this is a generally good restaurant for anybody, families, couples, friends, solo. Easy to get to. Open all the time, huge menu.

Thank lilap25
Colorado, United States
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

The food here was really good. The service is slow. Be careful with that water. My group had drank bottled water our entire vacation. Night before we left - we drank the water there! Bad idea. We all got sick. So go. The food is good. Location is great. Just don't drink the water. Bring your own.

Thank Abbey8484
Cali, Colombia
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52 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Great breakfast place, and fun evening party spot. This is a great post surf breakfast place. Typical Costa Rican food, and American breakfasts. I always grab the pancakes, and a banana/mango smoothie(nothing like fresh fruit). The evening party spot seems to rotate based on the night. The Gilded Iguana is one of the better spots for evening fun. Plenty of... More 

Thank Kurt S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

This is both a Hotel and a restaurant/Sports Bar. It's on the main strip in Guiones and very easy to spot. The atmosphere is the same as most sports bars in the US. The service was good, the food was good and the prices, while higher than most typico-style restaurants was fair. The best thing about the Gilded Iguana was... More 

Thank Michael M
Evansville, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

This is a festive little icon restaurant that all the surfers visit and pal around. Great food open air dining and occasionally you'll see an iguana. Dogs are welcome...they just stroll through...hey they're on vacation too!

Thank jackreyn0lds
Westfield, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

We went with a large group after one of our friends came back from a fishing trip with a large cubera snapper. Guided Iguana did a fabulous job of cooking the fish a few different ways and creating a feast around it. I'm picky about fish and this was the tastiest I've had. Delicious!

Thank Ann R
West Lawn, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

I guess it depends what you are looking for. We went for the live music which was ok. The food was the same, ok. The prices are high. The seafood soup was really good. The rest was kind of meh.

Thank gypsychavi
Lexington, Kentucky
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

No trip to Nosara is complete without a meal at the Gilded Iguana. I have enjoyed both lunches and dinners at the GIR. Really good food and a great spot for a beer after a long hot day of surfing.

Thank Jonathan W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$17
Bar, Central American, Costa Rican, Latin, Seafood, International, Spanish, South American
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Cheap Eats, Romantic, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
09:00 - 10:00
09:00 - 10:00
09:00 - 10:00
09:00 - 10:00
09:00 - 10:00
09:00 - 10:00
09:00 - 10:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 50 M South of Mini Super Delicias Del Mundo | Playa Guiones, Nosara 5233, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Nosara
  • Phone Number: +506 2682 0259
The restaurant at the Gilded Iguana will be up and running for Nov 2014. The new management brings the BEST food in the area and finally will get the spotlight they deserve. Look for more info to be released soon.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?