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Ma Ma Gui

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Banco National Main Road, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 2347
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Tucson, Arizona
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Recommended by Lorenzo at Microbar. Fabulous real Italian food. The bread is made in house and is delicious. The pasta is home made. Very attentive staff.

Thank cactuswendy
Simi Valley, California
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35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Wonderful Italian - French food and old world charm. Everything was prepared just like you would get in Europe. Except we're out in the middle of the jungle so there's that. really enjoyed dining alfresco paired with a Pinot Grigio that was very refreshing in the hot summer night. We had the pasta and pizza both were great.

Thank Petecwilson
Toronto, Canada
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66 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved this restaurant! It is small so make sure to book ahead or come early. We had pizza and the white pizza (no sauce) was especially delicious. The fresh pasta is great as well. If I had stayed longer in Samara I would've come back again! Some nights they have a great DJ spinning!

Thank butterfly1621
Seattle, Washington
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Shared a pizza and gnocchi between two and ended up taking home left overs. Best fresh gnocchi I've had in years. YUM!

Thank ViChi999
Kamloops, Canada
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69 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our last hotel recommended that we visit here. She was so right! I had the Gorgonzola spaghetti and it was to die for. The drinks wee also great. Try their deserts as well. All in all we had Ana aging dinner at a very reasonable price. I would definitely come back again.

Thank Sue P
Richmond, Vermont
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Truly enjoyed our Christmas Eve dinner. The service was outstanding and made perfect recommendations. The waiter even advised my husband to pass on his first choice because he felt it wasn't as perfect as he thought it should be. We so appreciate the honesty of a waiter vs just sell the meal. All of us enjoyed the food and made... More 

Thank AndreaVT802
Vernon, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this place so much. My family dined here twice in one week. The staff, ambience and pizza were totally on point! It was also very inexpensive.

Thank newo51
Round Hill
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First we visit Samara every December and enjoy all of the wonder of the town and the range of food. We decided to start our pre-wedding celebration with our gang of 24 at Mama Gui. Matteo the manager and a tico friend greeted all of us warmly and happy to see us. My family couldn't stop talking about Matteo. Our... More 

Thank blairbanks
Vernon, BC
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The BEST pizza, service and drinks in Samara without question. This pizza is amazing, it is quite likely the best I've had ever. Recommend going early or making reservations as it is popular. A must if you are in Samara.

Thank Wubbelina
Lafayette, Colorado
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed a yummy pizza and salad (east meets west), and exquisite chocolate mousse dessert. They had lots of other good looking food too. They also have A/C inside if you are looking to get out of the heat or bugs. They take cash only.

Thank cotraveler2015

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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
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
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

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