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El Lagarto

Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 0750
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good25%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“baked potato” (67 reviews)
“steak” (140 reviews)
“surf and turf” (31 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Seafood, Barbecue, European, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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1 - 10 of 582 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here three out of seven nights. The servings are quite large and very well prepared. We ordered seafood entrees every time and we were not disappointed. The staff is great and the atmosphere is excellent.

Thank luvsunOregon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The place is very unique and the food is amazing. I really liked the open fire and you could see your food cooking. Really attentive service.

Thank pattianneford
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We fully enjoyed the BBQ here. Everything we had here (grilled chicken, pork ribs, steak, mahi-mahi) were all delicious and perfectly done. Friendly service

Thank Bruce B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

the BEST BBQ we had in Costa Rica. Steak, Seafood, Chicken all done to perfection. Even the baked potatoes were amazing! Go here, you will not be disappointed!

Thank jacqui d
Reviewed 18 April 2018

This restaurant was one of the more expensive places we ate at but it was worth it. I had the grilled stuffed calamari, my husband the ribs and both meals were delicious! The kids meals were a nice break from all the other places that...More

Thank Jessica K
Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

Best meal in Samara, and there are a lot of good ones. Really, really good BBQ. Potato, zucchini, tomato & chicken or steak, each with thier own flavour.

Thank pameladorion
Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

If you like meat from a BBQ you will love this place. I had the sampler steak, pork, and chicken and all were juicy and delicious. Service which can be heard to find in Samara was outstanding!!

Thank kerry4L
Reviewed 10 April 2018

We shared a really good plate of mixed veggies and mixed seafood. Really quite good. Our table mates dug into ribs and lobster which were well received. The place itself is a BBQ place but the seafood is actually better than the meat. The service...More

Thank Kevin B
Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

Amazing BBQ with unique flavours. We sampled beef, pork loin, pork ribs and chicken. All were excellent and the grilled zucchini, tomatoes and potatoes were as well. The kids plates were of equal quality and inexpensive. Atmosphere was lovely and those that prefer the North...More

Thank Mark N
Reviewed 3 April 2018

This restaurant is a little bit tucked away but was a pleasure to find. We looked on Tripadvisor for somewhere nice to eat. The steaks were very good as were the jumbo shrimp. I liked the look and feel of this place and spent a...More

Thank Debbie186349
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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, European, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic, Bar Scene, Groups
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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