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Gingerbread Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Central American, Costa Rican, International, South American
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Gingerbread Hotel, Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica
+506 2694 0039
Tue - Sat 17:00 - 19:30
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

So it generally goes like this. You walk in and sit down, order drinks, and then they start bringing you food. Several different courses of food. Until you tell them no more. The food was fabulous. It's something you would expect from a five star restaurant. But the show is all about the owner and chef Eyel. And that is... More 

Thank Mark Y
Denver, Colorado
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Unbelieveable meal... we had the sea bass...the entire fish, cooked in a slightly spicy broth with rice and vegetables. The fish was fresh, seasonings were perfect. It was one of the best meals I've ever had. Wonderful experience, in a beautiful setting.

Thank julesdenver
Menlo Park, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What an incredible evening, from beginning to end! The atmosphere is cozy, yet elegant. Eyal is a true chef wanting his customers to enjoy a unique culinary experience. He does not disappoint. We let him decide our meal, from appetizers to dessert. Everything was very fresh and delicious. Quite possibly the best dining experience ever...If in Arenal (or anywhere close),... More 

Thank tw0phillips
Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Gingerbread Restaurant and Chef Eyal are not to be missed during a visit to Costa Rica and Lake Arenal. Food unlike any other in Costa Rica in a beautiful setting with great people. Delicious food and great service. I cannot recommend Gingerbread more highly.

Thank slgreenleaf
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

and i truly mean experience. bring your appetite, sit back, relax and enjoy the show. The Chef as many call him, will deliver you a wide range of amazement. <-is that a word? Just go and let him make the choices. Sure guide him a little but in the end, the surprise is sometimes worth not having to think...Just demand... More 

Thank MichaelToddM
Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived after a very long day of travel. The owner and Chef Eyal greeted us with free drinks. We enjoyed chatting with the chef about cooking and food. We asked Eyal to surprise us with a meal. He created five amazing courses...tuna poke being our favorite. Everything was delicious! We stayed in the wine cellar and loved the décor... More 

Thank megskeenan
Hilton Head, South Carolina
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant is amazing! We arrived at 7:45 pm with a group of 10 people including 6 teenagers, rather than turning us away the chef came out and said you are getting chefs choice tonight. Being an adventurous group we said OK. He asked about allergies and dislikes one of our members was vegetarian and one teen is "picky" he... More 

Thank apkeber5
Montgomery, Alabama
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I can't say enough about how much we enjoyed our meal at the Gingerbread Restaurant. The first night we went, the lights went out shortly after being seated. Chef Eyal and his crew never missed a beat, lighting candles and continuing to prepare the best meal I've had in many years. It was creative, fresh and prepared to perfection. We... More 

Thank blackmon2017
Munich, Germany
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77 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is not haute cuisine, but it is simple and good, sometimes with exotic spices. The only dish we did not like where the mussels, but we should have been aware from the start that they would be frozen, not fresh. You can order half portions (you should, or you should share them, they are huge). The restaurant itself is... More 

Thank Isabeloula
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best and most memorable meals of my 49 year life. It's all about the chef. He is great. He's also cocky, arrogant, foul mouthed, and full of personality and character. We arrived and he greeted us and told us he choose what we eat, period. He did ask us if there were allergies or strong dislikes. My... More 

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Gingerbreadhotel, Guest Relations Manager at Gingerbread Restaurant, responded to this review

Wonderful people, like your group, are why we do what we do and have had the pleasure to do so for over 10 years now! Thank you for coming to our little slice of heaven and indulging in what we have to offer. We are so very pleased that you enjoyed and do hope that you can join us again... More 

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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
Central American, Costa Rican, International, South American
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Digital Payments, Cash Only, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, 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?