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Mario's Cuisine

Playa Hermosa Guanacaste, First Entrance to the Beach | 300 Mts From the Main Road Towards the Beach, Playa Hermosa 1000, Costa Rica
+506 5705 1645
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Seafood, Costa Rican, Healthy, Fusion
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Description: We are a Costarrican family, who love to receive people from around the world for a unique dining experience in Costa Rica. My husband Mario, a Chef for 18 years now, learned his cuisine from Old School International Chef's and from there he created his own Fusion style cuisine, who he really felt identify with. This type of Cuisine its only possible with fresh ingredients of the day, from the salad to the seafood, everything its carefully chosen on a daily basis and from scratch prepare with passion into explosive delicious flavors to the palate. Everyday we create and serve a 4 course dinner in our terrace, where you can also enjoy the breeze, the stars and the beautiful magic of Guanacaste in an intimate ambiance. We required reservations in advance.

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English first
Walnut Creek, California, United States
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

There is a reason they are #1 in Guanacaste the food is amazing. What to expect -a four course meal made by a culinary Genius ( this guy could be head chef at four seasons but chooses to work out of his home) -friendly service (amazing couple with fun stories, great way to get to know some locals) -catered to... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We had a fantastic and truly unique dining experience at Marios. For $60/per person we were served a 4 course freshly caught seafood meal on the patio of a local Costa Rican family. We BYOB'd a few bottles of wine and enjoyed a gourmet meal with another couple that also came for dinner. Mario and Erika ask guests to put... More

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Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We had the most INCREDIBLE dinner last night at Mario's Cuisine here in Playa Hermosa! Mario is an AMAZING chef and food artist and his wife Ericka Rivera is a most gracious and entertaining hostess. They invite you to their home and you enjoy a magical evening on their terrace. Mario not only prepares the food, but goes out a... More

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San Francisco, California
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3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We were staying at a hotel down the street and I kept seeing their little sign as we passed. I had heard how good the food was, but I didn't quite understand about the reservation policy and the intimate setting, so my boyfriend and I stopped by the morning before we had to leave Playa Hermosa. I knew it was... More

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Los Angeles
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Mario is gifted. The man literally catches fish. with a spear the morning you have it for dinner. Then, he transforms his catch into a culinary treat that both looks and tastes amazing. Adding to the dining experience, you eat in a beautiful outdoor setting that still allows you to view Mario doing his magic in the kitchen a la... More

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Houston, Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Myself, my husband and our two friends all loved our experience at Mario's. I loved that we had a prepared menu and it was a total surprise. The food was amazing and the hospitality was unbelievable. I love that Mario goes fishing in the morning and prepares your meal from that day's catch. It was interesting to hear the story... More

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Calgary, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

We had a lovely evening and enjoyed a great meal with Mario and Ericka. When making the booking we discovered that this is not a restaurant, but the patio of a private home. The experience is personal and like visiting friends. Mario is very passionate about his craft and enjoyed telling us about his philosophy and approach to being a... More

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Connecticut
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

I was a little Leary of this experience. It was our last night and on a whim I tried to make reservations here. At first they weren't sure if they could accept them because Mario hadn't gone out fishing that morning and he only serves fresh fish. Fortunately for us his friend had caught a mahi mahi that day. You... More

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Westport, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Dining with Mario and Ericka was one of the top experiences of our trip to Playa Hermosa. They're a fantastic couple who open their home, kitchen, and knowledge to new friends while offering an outstanding meal and excellent conversation. They're a couple with many children (5?) who moved from the city to raise their family in a better environment. Their... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Not a fancy place, but a beautiful outdoor seating area on Mario and Ericka's porch. We are not foodies, but had to come experience Mario's after reading all the reviews on Trip Advisor. We called ahead to discuss our preferences. Told them I don't eat seafood and have only liked it one time in my life. Loved the first course... More

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