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Gingerbread Restaurant

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Gingerbread Hotel, Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica
+506 2694 0039
17:00 - 19:30
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Tue - Sat 17:00 - 19:30
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Madison, Wisconsin
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101 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Love love love. The location has a gorgeous view of the Lake, the food is phenomenal and the staff are so friendly and warm! We had the Tri tip, enough for 3-4 people and $40, the chicken and the braised lamb, $32 and enough to share. Recommend asking for half portions for one, or sharing 1 plate for 2 people.... More 

Thank Rebecca H
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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125 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We decided to eat here based on reviews on TA. We were staying in the Nuevo Arenal area and so this was conveniently close. The hostess explained the short menu on the chalkboard very thoroughly, going through every dish offered. The chef did bring out some of the food but was not overly interactive with us. The food --well, I'm... More 

Thank Grch
Fairfax, Virginia
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our meal at Gingerbread Restaurant was fabulous. The chef has talent! We loved the mushrooms and the chocolate dessert was fabulous.

Thank rhodyd
Brookfield, Wisconsin
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1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I ate here 3 nights in a row (would of ate here 5 days in a row but they are closed Sunday and Monday). From the first bite I was in love with food and I would argue it is some of the best food in the world. Chef Eyal is an amazing cook and a great welcoming host who... More 

Thank tuckx015
Ceres, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Chef Eyal goes out of his way to make every one of his customers feel special and taken care of. Having traveled to Costa Rica many times, we have never found dining this unique and delicious. We chose to have whatever meal Eyal chose to prepare for us and all six of us reveled in each dish as it was... More 

Thank Kurtis N
Hagerstown, Maryland
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58 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We made reservations (a must) as there were 8 of us, and requested that Chef Eyal come up with our menu.- served family style. During our two week stay in Costa Rica, this was one of the highlights of our trip. The food was beyond compare- and served with Chef Eyal's unique sense of humor, which we all loved. We... More 

Thank Betsey L
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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 16 January 2017

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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

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

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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, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan 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
Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, 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?