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Restaurante Casa Esmeralda

$$ - $$$
Italian, Seafood, Central American, Costa Rican, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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Samara Beach | 300 Mts. Oeste Correo Postal, Playa Samara 50205, Costa Rica
+506 2656 0489
07:00 - 22:00
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Regina, Canada
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There seem to have been some changes at Casa Esmeralda over the last few years. The menu seems fairly similar, but the one dish that we were dreaming of (their biting garlic bread) wasn't even available, though the waitress did her best to get the kitchen to create some for us. The pasta was alright, but not the stuff of... More 

Thank VinnieCorbett
Bozeman, Montana
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8 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beer and food were great! We caught snapper on our fishing trip that am, and we were able to bring it there for lunch to have cooked for us! It was awesome. Staff were friendly and good. Clean, updated...nice vibe, good beer!

Thank carylp2015
Vancouver, Canada
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15 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We only had the opportunity to go to this restaurant once but the meal was memorable because it was so good. We had the fish with avocado sauce. The service was great. We sat upstairs where there was a nice breeze and we could hear the music from a restaurant nearby. We will definitely return on our next trip.

Thank jlee409
Sacramento, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Service was excellent, food, best meal in Samara. Highly recommend especially if you like fresh fish!!!

Thank dcrawford58
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Large menu to choose from. We went twice during our week in Samara and enjoyed it all. If you like spicy food, the dishes with the homemade Esmerelda sauce are worth a try. The pasta with shrimp and mushrooms and the fish with avocado sauce were our favorites. The arroz dishes are also excellent and they have a selection of... More 

Thank John F
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were a table of 10 with two small kids on a weekday night. Our waitress put on cartoons for the kids which was a great help. We had the avacado speggetti and the shrimp and we're completely overwhelmed and the unique quality of the local food. If your near here you should go even if your not hungry.

Thank richard y
Marietta, GA
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent food and good service. We enjoy the 'typical' meal and it is excellent. Had dinner here several times and each meal was great. Give it a try; you'll be glad you did.

Thank JohnC44
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57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had another wonderful meal here. I had the garlic fish. Excellent. My husband ordered the shrimps with rice. Yummy. Friends got the fish with avocado sauce and the special -whole red snapper and really enjoyed it.

Thank jjjsfish
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

This gem of a restaurant is quiet, spacious, unpretentious, simply but attractively decorated with a menu that is first rate from top to bottom. Over the past three winters we've spent nine weeks in Samara and have returned to Cafe Esmeralda again and again. The staff are the best. Their service is prompt and attentive and they are great people... More 

Thank James S
Uxbridge, Canada
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Last evening before returning to snowy Ontario, we wanted a meal to remember. We had enough of deep fried fish and we were not disappointed at Casa Esmeralda.I had a refreshing mint and lemonade sans alcohol beverage while my husband had a Margarita. We shared a ceviche which was fresh and not over marinated, allowing the taste of the seafood... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Seafood, Central American, Costa Rican, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Takeout, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Cheap Eats, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Samara Beach | 300 Mts. Oeste Correo Postal, Playa Samara 50205, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
  • Phone Number: +506 2656 0489

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