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Gingerbread Restaurant

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Gingerbread Hotel, Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica
+506 2694 0039
17:00 - 19:30
Closed now
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Tue - Sat 17:00 - 19:30
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Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

WOW, the food was so good. We all ordered something different and shared tasting. Fantastic. Ribs, chicken, salads, limited menu per day but everything was good and prepared great. This is a fine dining place so bring lots of cash but speaking from experience worth every bite. Not formal dress but still considered "fine" DINING.

Thank rodick1
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Absolutely the best food in CR. maybe pricey but all decent food is expensive in Costa Rica due to the difficulty of obtaining proper ingredients. Eyal is awesome. Some people have trouble with him but they must be fragile. He jokes a bunch and is very warm and wants you to have a great experience. We now plan all of... More 

Thank takilmakid
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

These people were incredibly kind and the food was of an amazing quality. Would strongly recommend the escargots, tuna salad and ribs.

Thank AngusHugh22
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Food here was generally great - and the portions are huge!! Not a place for traditional Costa Rican fare and it's definitely an expat haven... but still a great meal.

Thank Joe B
White Rock, BC
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124 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

While recently travelling in Costa Rica and happened to spend our anniversary in La Fortuna, a 45 minute drive from Gingerbread Restaurant, so when we were told by a resident of Costa Rica that we MUST go have dinner there, we were hesitant because of the distance we had to drive. However, all four of us agreed that it was... More 

1 Thank Jacquie C
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

I am VERY overdue in writing this review. My husband and I took our honeymoon in Costa Rica in Feb, 2016, and stayed at Casa Blanca up the driveway from Gingerbread. We had dinner there twice, once on our own and once with another couple. Both meals were amazing! Super-fresh, large portions, truly fine dining. For our second dinner, the... More 

Thank LittleKakki
Phoenix, Arizona
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

My wife and I were fortunate enough to eat and stay at this amazing establishment. The Wine Cellar room that we stayed in was one of the coolest places that I have enjoyed a night's rest at. The open air concept in the bathroom is just awesome, and nothing better than to be in there when the rain is coming... More 

Thank Cameron C
Los Angeles, California
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Thanks to Chef Eyal, we were taken on a delightful culinary journey (Chef's Choice--he brought us whatever he wanted--price we were told would be 27-40 USD pp, without alcohol, and ours was 31.50 pp, tax and tip included!!). Escargot phenominal, Coco negro dessert of warm chocolate cake topped with vanilla ice cream and passionfruit and raspberry syrups was the best... More 

2 Thank supermom3la
Toronto, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

My friends and I stumbled upon the place driving back from Arenal. We were uniformly surprised by the quality of the food and service coming out of this unique and lovely boutique hotel in the mountains. I have a gluten allergy which makes eating out in foreign countries a bit daunting. The chef and owner came out to our table... More 

Thank CryssyCos
Magnolia, Texas
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Definitely the best food and fun around the lake. It's quite an experience to meet Chef Eyal and dine at the Gingerbread. It's a must visit place when you're in the area. You won't be disappointed.

1 Thank texastocostarica

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$50
International, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Digital Payments, Cash Only, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 19:30
17:00 - 19:30
17:00 - 19:30
17:00 - 19:30
17:00 - 19:30
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

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