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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 2013
Cuisines: Seafood, Costa Rican, Healthy, Fusion
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.
Restaurant details
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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Connecticut
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

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
2 helpful votes 2 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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Burlington, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Very good food... no dispute but not fine dining. Paper napkins, no change of cutlery between courses, no change of glasses when wine changed from Prosecco to red or white wine.... doesn't make it. Owners very personable but stories regarding the "catch of the day" slightly exaggerated ( I say this as I've been in CR 15 years and know... More

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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Truly one-of-a-kind dining experience! We were staying in Tamarindo, so we were a bit hesitant about making the 1.15 hour drive north to Playa Hermosa, but it was worth every minute & every penny. Mario and Ericka are such warm, lovely people. The 1st course - Papaya Ginger soup, was amazing! So flavorful. The 2nd course - a combination of... More

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Ashland, Kentucky
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Wonderful very flavorful rich tasting but healthy food that leaves you wanting to return. More than that is the hospitality and ambiance. What can I say? It just doesn't get any better than this! Best food in CR prepared right in front of you

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New Smyrna Beach, Florida, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

If you are looking for an excellent meal that comes with Pura Vida attitude this is the place!! Ericka and Mario are beautiful people that make you feel like part of their family as you have dinner on their porch. They spend the time to chat with you after and will answer any questions you have. Our family enjoyed the... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

My husband and I enjoyed a lovely evening and one of the best meals we've ever eaten with Ericka and Mario. Under a full moon on their front porch, we savored a fine dining quality, four course meal of seafood that Mario caught in the ocean that morning, along with local vegetables and fruits. It doesn't get any fresher than... More

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

The reviews were spot-on! Mario and Ericka offer a truly unique and wonderful dining experience; the food and ambience is wonderful, and meeting this Costa Rican family makes the experience the crown of a great vacation. Six stars out of five. A few reviews have commented on the style of conversation. My take on that is that Mario's Cuisine offers... More

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Wanaque nj
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3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014 via mobile

On Friday January 24th, our group of 5 had the extreme pleasure of dining with Mario and Ericka at "Mario's Cuisine" in Hermosa Beach in the province of Guanacaste, Costa Rico. Mario made us the most exquisite meal using only a small skillet and a large pot on a 4 burner stove. From the wonderful papaya and ginger soup garnished... More

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