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Ma Ma Gui

Banco National Main Road, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 2347
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good26%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“pizza” (121 reviews)
“risotto” (4 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 1 week ago

My partner and I are going through Ma Ma Gui withdrawals. The ethics and ambiance was superb - you forget where you are. Most importantly, the food here was amazing, everything was fresh and homemade. I live 15 mins from New York City and cannot...More

1  Thank nicolepalumbo
Gigio P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you very much indeed Nicole for your nice words. "you forget where you are" being in this Samara paradise it is a HUGE compliment and achievement for us. I may help your Mamagui withdrawal. We are from NYC. Unfortunately I closed my last restaurant...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Had the gnocchi and pizzas. Absolutely fabulous food. Service was very good and the bartender knew his mixology Big time! Price wasn't cheap, but was in line with the quality of the food and drinks. Super italian restaurant!

1  Thank Memtown
Reviewed 1 week ago

Mama Gui is consistently excellent. It is my favorite restaurant in Sámara. Every time I go, there are creative daily specials utilizing local fresh ingredients that tempt beyond my favorites on the menu. The arugula salad is awesome, the gnocchi delicious and I have never...More

Thank gebgdc
Gigio P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for your detailed review. You x-rays mamagui so well you you have a great knowledge od our offerings. We humbly try everyday to perform consistently. It also merit of a good and healthy environment we all managed to create. I am...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tasty and creative food. Chad makes the best drinks ever. Famous the world over. Thanks guys. We will be seeing you. Chad is soooooo cute.

1  Thank Semele H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We got to Samara late in the evening and it was pouring. We needed to get something to eat that was close to the place we were staying at . Just a short walk away was this restaurant. The pizza was superb just like in...More

Thank RPABQ17
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Seriously Gui's is the best food in Playa Samara and EASILY the best Italian/pizza my tastebuds have encountered. I lived in Samara for 4 months and was at Gui's weekly if not more. The owner is from Italy and is a well renowned chef in...More

1  Thank sydhamp92
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

That's exactly with the thought I walked out of Mama Gui after a great dinner. Boy! had I been skeptical after perusing their menu and finding out about the in-house cured meats, the organic hydrophonic greens and vegetables and the "masa madre" bread they boasted...More

Thank RoigLCL
Gigio P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

A challenging review! Defining you a foodie would diminish your food critic skills . You are on point so much reminding the meticulous reviews of Florence Fabricant and Frank Bruni of the New York Times. Correct the bresaola was little thicker than it should have...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best dinner ever had in Costa Rica! Excellent service, great food, nice atmosphere. Cured carpaccio w/fresh organic arugula and cherry tomatoes confit, fresh sword fish carpaccio with red pepper and apple green salad, home made prosciutto with excellent pecorino cheese and delicious...More

1  Thank Maxlafuria V
Gigio P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Massimo Independently from our long lasting friendship, it is a great pleasure to have a candid positive review about MAMAGUI. I very well aware of your skills in the art of cooking therefore I know for fact you have analyzed every bite of your...More

Reviewed 22 May 2017

We wanted Italian food so walked in and were seated immediately. The owner from Italy was so nice. It was the best Italian food ever. I had linguini with tuna. Husband had a noodle dish with ham. Excellent wine and we just mentioned how we...More

Thank ORCon
Gigio P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind reviews We are delighted to hear good things about our effort. It is our pleasure to complement some after dinner drink. In any case we express all our gratitude for your patronage. We sincerely hope to welcome you in the...More

Reviewed 19 May 2017

We are talkin about some serious good Italian food! The chief is from NYC and has brought with him the need for excellent food in Samara. The East meets West Salad is by far the best salad I have ever had! The noodles are made...More

Thank Kristina P
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
where is ma ma gui located
1 February 2015|
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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, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, 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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