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Gingerbread Restaurant

Gingerbread Hotel, Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica
506-2694-0039
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Ranked #4 of 16 restaurants in Nuevo Arenal
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Eclectic, International
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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  • German first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Omaha, Nebraska
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

My wife and I started planning a two week Costa Rica trip clear back in March. We knew we were going to the Arenal region and when we read reviews on the restaurants, we knew Gingerbread would be our destination. Waiting four months just added to the anticipation. No disappointment in this dining experience. Eyal, Beth, the wait staff, guests... More

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San Francisco, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 NEW

We booked this in advance due to Lonely PLanet's recommendation and Trip Advisor reviews. The spot is awesome. The building is big and spacious, with a great view from the front porch overlooking the lake. They let us sit down and have a drink early, the staff were really friendly and welcoming. The chef, however, is awesome. A real character,... More

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Manta, Ecuador
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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 NEW

Gingerbread is a higher-end restaurant on the Lake road. The food is tasty, but a bit expensive if you are traveling on a budget. To be fair, each plate does serve two people. We spent a week at the Gingerbread hotel, and the included breakfast was the same everyday, which wears thin after a day or two.

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Onoway, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The Gingerbread Restaurant is definitely the best place on Lake Arenal for a special evening. The ambiance is great, nice lighting, very tastefully furnished. The food is pricy but very good and the portions are huge. Considering that you would normally take some of it home and have a nice lunch the next day, it's actually good value for money.

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Playa Ocotal, Costa Rica
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We have been lucky enough to visit this amazing bed and breakfast for years.The chef, Eyal ,is beyond talented in his dishes and presentation . Start with the blackened tuna salad, jump into the duck quesadilla, linger over the tri-tips, and if your are smart save room for the bread pudding. After you wake up from your food coma, prepare... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Came here with my family while traveling in the Arenal volcano area of Costa Rica. Very laid back and certainly "interesting" environment and locals that hang out there (interesting in a very surprising and good way :-)). The ceviche was by far the best I have ever experienced, the Chicken Panang was incredible and completely different than I expected (I... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Order the black'nd tuna salad. it is amazing and also i would recommend tot sit at the bar and talk with the owner Eyal. He's a great guy with a no-nonsense kind of vibe. A lot beautiful wines on the menu and SHARE every dish. It is so much!!! Did you order to much? He has doggy bags :)

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

This was one of the best dining experiences I have ever had! The food was outstanding, the portions were huge, and the atmosphere was interesting. Chef Eyal is a unique individual! He has personality that could fill an entire restaurant, language that could be offensive to some and a talent with food that is amazing. The restaurant itself is beautiful.... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Stopped in on the recommendation of the owners of our B&B and we're extremely glad we did! We had a blackened tuna salad, sautéed mushrooms, dorado, sea bass and shrimp stir fry and a cherry brownie with ice cream. The mushrooms and salad were some of the best dishes I've ever had. It was expensive (around $15 per salad and... More

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

One would probably never expect to have such a selection of gourmet meals in such a remote area, but this restaurant far exceeded our expectations. Chef Eyal is unique - passionate about food - and it shows. We have visited many times and never been disappointed. The portions are very generous. It is a good idea for 2 people to... More

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