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Gingerbread Restaurant

$$ - $$$, Fusion,
Gingerbread Hotel, Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica
+506 2694 0039
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  • Excellent90%
  • Very good6%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“blackened tuna” (11 reviews)
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Contemporary, Fusion, Costa Rican, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Gingerbread Hotel, Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have never had a better (or bigger) meal! The duck quesadilla is a must - but so is everything else on the menu! Go there as quickly as possible!

Thank Christina T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had such a great dinner experience we returned the next day to try other items on the menu. Chef is a character but that adds to the fun.

Thank krisannk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed nearby in Villa Decary ( see our separate review -) and walked the 200m or so to Gingerbread restaurant where we experienced Chef Eyal ! What a wonderful, generous and superb chef/ host Eyal proved to be. We ate dinner at Gingerbread 3...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good food. Good service. Large portions. Loud customers having lots of fun. Good parking. Clean bathrooms

Thank YTHome
Reviewed 4 December 2017

We were a group of 8 ( 2 families) with children ranging from 16-8. We did have a reservation but Eyal was the rudest chef we have seen. He mocked us when we requested something simple in the menu for the kids. We could not...More

Thank VIAR104
Reviewed 22 November 2017 via mobile

Best meal we have ever eaten. Would highly recommend letting Chef Eyal pick your meal. Best decision we have made this trip. Wish we were staying longer just so we could eat here again.

Thank bmcallister
Reviewed 19 October 2017

My family of 5 had plenty of food and leftovers after splitting a few large dishes. I'd recommend the Thai shrimp (the bread that comes with it is amazing, too), the creamy mushrooms, and the stir-fry shrimp. All the ingredients were fresh and the decor...More

Thank mrsbrooksenglish
Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

One of the best places I visited in Costa Rica. I love dealing with people who have a passion for what they do, and Eyal is all about passion, he loves what he does. The food was absolutely amazing. The tuna probably the best I've...More

Thank CaptWalt
Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

Either eat here or die not knowing what good food is. And the food is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this place. The owner/chef Eyal is amazing. I won't go into too much detail, his hospitality is something you need...More

Thank Caitlin S
Reviewed 12 September 2017

OK, this place starts off a little scary. The owner/chef Eyal is a bit of an eccentric (and when I say 'a bit', I really mean astronomically eccentric)'. He is rude, vulgar and off-putting, but somehow simultaneously strangely magnetic as he alternates between hits of...More

Thank 912jmorgan
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Tiana A
7 August 2017|
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Response from WaileaDon | Reviewed this property |
Yes, credit cards are accepted. But they charge a 5% transaction fee for credit card processing, which wasn't told to me until after they had already charged the card and assessed the fee.
Jayson J
20 March 2017|
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Response from Betsey L | Reviewed this property |
No, I really don't think so. It looks close on the map, but isn't really.
Jayson J
20 March 2017|
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Response from Gingerbreadhotel | Property representative |
no you can not
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$50
Dinner, Drinks, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Gingerbread Hotel, Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Nuevo Arenal
  • Phone Number: +506 2694 0039
  • E-mail
Gingerbread is a fine restaurant and boutique hotel perfectly situated along Lake Arenal in Costa Rica. Operated by a charismatic and talented culinary master, Chef Eyal absolutely works magic with food. We’ll serve you an amazing international cuisine, delicious top shelf drinks, and exceptional overnight accommodations. . Our world class B&B, restaurant, and bar is open Tuesday through Saturdays to travelers and guests. We invite you to stay and experience Costa Rica with us. Come and eat, drink then take a leisurely stroll back to your comfortable room to relax. We start every morning with a delicious hot breakfast and end every evening with an exceptional three-course meal created by the Chef.
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