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El Lagarto

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Seafood, Barbecue, Central American, Costa Rican, Gluten Free Options
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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Regina, Canada
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Having visited El Lagarto three years ago, we had to go twice on this visit. First round: maasdam and mushroom stuffed chicken breast. Second round: ribs. Oh, the ribs. Accompanied by buttery baked potatoes and perfectly grilled fresh vegetables. They are in a new location off of the beach, but this is a bonus because now the hermit crabs don't... More 

Thank VinnieCorbett
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If your feeling like you need to replenish your electrolytes try the ribs. Good but salty. As others have said, grilled veggies are good too. Disclaimer, I only ate here once but I grill "a lot" year round, including smoking chicken, ribs, etc.

Thank Michael D
Columbus, Ohio
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77 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Fetching Mrs. Rat and I walked the beach from the Fenix Hotel and we are glad we did. TFMR had a hankrin' for steak, I wanted seafood. We both were satisfied. TFMR ordered the Mixed Meat Plate consisting of beef tenderloin, pork tenderloin and a chicken breast. I had the Mixed Seafood Plate with red snapper, mussels, and grilled... More 

Thank Johnnyrat1
New Jersey
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of my favorite restaurants anywhere. Coolest BBQ setup you will ever see. I had a strip steak, veggies and a baked potato. My friend had a whole red snapper. Excellent wine choices too. Great meal and service. Expensive.

Thank Blugoo7
Worland, Wyoming
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at an "all inclusive" hotel but decided to try a local restaurant. We loved the food. The price was about what we expected. The grilled veggie were delicious.

Thank sweatshop51
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful atmosphere and superb food! Hubby had the ribs and they were so dang good...not sure what they did to them, but they were amazing. From the baked potato to the grilled vegetables to the delicious seafood, this place is a gem.

Thank Cathlin L
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food here is amazing. Me and my Boyfriend shared the seafood platter for two. It was about $80 USD, and for a couple of Canadians that racked up the price pretty quick. The food however was extremely fresh and the atmosphere was also really unique. They have a huge selection of other items on the menu that are not... More 

Thank Sara M
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The grilled food is excellent! Many of the dishes have large portions so you can consider sharing if you are not too hungry or want to control costs. The baked potatoes and tomatoes are among the best I have ever had.

Thank John F
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54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The local fish guides told us to eat here. It's a neat atmosphere, crazy out door kitchen, packed house, with lots of buzz. I had the special, porter house steak that was glazed In a garlic butter. Cooked right at medium rare. It also came with zucchini and baked potato. All very good. My only drawback was the oysters. They... More 

Thank Robert J
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60 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm not much of a meat eater; potatoes don't thrill me, either. But that is what I ate at El Lagarto (small filet with veggies and baked potato) and it could not have been better! The steak was grilled to perfection, tender and juicy. I don't know what they put on the baked potato to make it taste so good... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, Barbecue, Central American, Costa Rican, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Playa Samara, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara

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