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Ma Ma Gui

Banco National Main Road, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 2347
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good25%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“pizza” (128 reviews)
“salad” (31 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Banco National Main Road, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The owner is an Italian restaurateur who immigrated to NYC then Samara, AND a Best Chefs of America recognized culinary artist. We went to this restaurant at the recommendation of our hosts at Casitas LazDivaz, who raved about this chef's Marlin Prosciutto. Well, we started...More

Thank Giovanni B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Food is great. Staff is friendly. I ordered a salad but the pizza looked delicious. I wish they made gluten free pizza.

Thank guera323
Reviewed 1 week ago

We discovered Mama Gui about halfway through our stay in Samara and were absolutely blown away by both the food and the service there. This is Italian food done right and completely unexpected in a town as small as Samara. The air dried beef Bresaola...More

Thank Silky S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We’ve driven by Ma Ma Gui so many times and finally tried it. Amazing!!!! The ambiance is terrific, the food delicious and the service was better than most. It’s quickly become my favorite dinner place in Samara!

Thank 303Shan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a small Italian restaurant just a few hundred metres from the beach. The house wine in carafes is excellent. This was the best food we had in two weeks in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. The tuna carpaccio was the best we had ever...More

Thank William P
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We found this fantastic restaurant via TA comments and feedback and were not disappointed! we had such a good night, that we planned our last meal in CR there too! we were a party of 4 and all the meals were amazing. the waitress was...More

2  Thank Deb A
Reviewed 19 September 2017

Based on the recommendations on TripAdvisor as well as people we met in Samara, we were excited to eat at Ma Ma Gui. While the food was very good, I think we were a bit disappointed as it wasn't spectacular. The server was good and...More

Thank Nancy E
Reviewed 10 September 2017

went out trying to find something different, ended up here. It wasn't my favorite but the salad I got from there was totally amazing. My friends though it was totally awesome

Thank Adam H
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

First visit to Samara with some friends who live in Costa Rica. Most restaurants are closed in Sept/Oct in this hot and humid but beautiful part of the country. We were glad to find such a high quality restaurant in such a tiny beach town....More

Thank castorita
Reviewed 8 August 2017

We ate as a group of four on a Sunday evening and at 8pm it was very busy. The waitress kindly found us table outside and was extremely helpful throughout the evening, especially when it started to rain and she moved us inside. Food was...More

Thank DanC82
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1 February 2015|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from knuelp | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, in addition the church is on that road, this might help as you can see it easily and the road also leads towards the Nosara gravel road.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Drinks, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Banco National Main Road, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
  • Phone Number: +506 2656 2347
  • E-mail
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