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El Lagarto

$$ - $$$Seafood, Barbecue,
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 0750
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good25%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“baked potato” (59 reviews)
“steak” (119 reviews)
“surf and turf” (26 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Seafood, Barbecue, Central American, Costa Rican, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great spot off the beaten path in Samara, Costa Rica. Argentinian cuisine is the house specialty. INCREDIBLE grilled vegetarian platter, shrimp salad, mixed grill platter, grilled garlic bread, etc. The house special grilled pineapple dessert was a welcomed treat as I cannot eat gluten. Delicious!...More

Thank SusiesPicks
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

If you appreciate a great piece of grilled meat or fish, this is the place to be in Samara! Nice setting, great food and friendly staff! Although the price is slightly higher than the Costa Rica standard, the food is worth it!

Thank KiraLat
Reviewed 19 September 2017

Don't miss El Lagarto when you visit Samara. It was excellent. We didn't expect CR to have such high quality beef but they do and this restaurant is stellar. You can watch them cook your meal if you are so inclined over a massive wood...More

Thank Nancy E
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

It's the off season in Samara in September, and we were glad to find a restaurant that was open. Nice ambience and service. I had tilapia with garlic sauce, and it was fresh, but too oily, everything seemed really oily, even my potato, but with...More

Thank castorita
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

El Lagarto is a must must and having dinner while in Playa Samara. This restaurant has one of the most unique barbecue grill. The wood sits on top with two grills at the bottom. While the wood burns, the coals fall into the bottom on...More

Thank Luis D
Reviewed 30 July 2017

Atmosphere and style give you a warm feeling. Dinner is really good. I would recommend a steak rather than rips. Also I liked the caipitica!

Thank Robert K
Reviewed 22 July 2017

Hands down one of our best meals in Samara. The food is fresh, simply prepared and delicious! If you like the taste of wood grilled seafood and steaks you will love this place! Meats are cooked to perfection and generous portions. Vegetables are also grilled,...More

Thank sagegoodman
Reviewed 21 July 2017

After a day zip lining we didn't want to drive too far and discovered this jewel of a restaurant up the hill from our hotel! The ambiance is lovely and the food is amazing!

Thank Ellen M
Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

Neat location and concept, but overpriced and mediocre quality food. I have food allergies and they were unable (or perhaps unwilling) to accommodate my special needs, so I ate the meat and gave everything else to my husband. The open wood fire cooking was neat...More

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Reviewed 18 July 2017

My husband and I ate here during our time in Costa Rica last week. We visited on a tour for a week and this was hands down the best meal we ate. We were disappointed the Playa Samara location didn't have an ocean view, but...More

Thank SandyFeet28
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Janet C
15 March 2017|
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Response from green4eva | Reviewed this property |
It is on a side street off of the hwy to Nosara. Go past the Pali grocery store, turn left after Mama Gui. There is a sign at the corner for it and the camping, it is right near the camp ground. We probably would have never... More
27 January 2017|
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Response from Pete R | Reviewed this property |
yes they accept credit. there are only a few that do.
Maureen S
18 January 2015|
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Response from maluyna | Reviewed this property |
Yes it s now at manglar place, same (high) prices but no beach front anymore...
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Seafood, Barbecue, Central American, Costa Rican, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Playa Samara, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
  • Phone Number: +506 2656 0750
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