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Mario's Cuisine

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Seafood, Fusion, Healthy, Costa Rican
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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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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Description: We are a Costarrican family, who love to receive people from around the...
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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  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Really good Food!

Great location, speactacular food and a reasonable price. Nice atmosphere indeed. We went all the way out there from playas del Coco as this place was recommended to us! We were not dissapointed.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
Rosali G
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Miami Beach, Florida
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Miami Beach, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Great location, speactacular food and a reasonable price. Nice atmosphere indeed. We went all the way out there from playas del Coco as this place was recommended to us! We were not dissapointed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

A warm welcome into Chef Mario and his wife Erika's lovely home where they live with their beautiful four children. Candlelight dining on the deck where we could watch Mario do his magic in his open homey kitchen. Erika told us wonderful stories and graciously served and narrated our meal. A papaya and ginger soup first. Amazing. Medicinal and healthy.... More 

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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Dinner with Mario and Ericka was a perfect way to end our perfect week in Costa Rica. This is not eating at a restaurant, but a 4 course dinner specially made for you and served on the terrace of their home looking out over Playa Hermosa. The preparation starts with Ericka, who emails you to find out your likes and... More 

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Chicago suburbs
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

This was a night to remember. Ericka welcomed us to her patio, we enjoyed a wonderful four-course meal (and my daughter's vegan tastes were accommodated beautifully). Mario is a fabulous cook, and we really enjoyed their company afterwards. They have made a wonderful business, which is exemplified by the love of cooking, the sea, and their customers. You will feel... More 

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New York City, New York
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35 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

I am so glad we found this place as it was such a great experience for us. Mario is a fantastic chef and cooks locally sourced ingredients to perfection. I have never tasted such a beautiful combination of flavors, very inventive. Mario's wife Ericka was the hostess for the evening and she was great company, lots of stories and very... More 

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Timmins, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Thanks again Mario and Erica for a wonderful meal - what a great evening I spent with friends - your dinners are always amazing - wonderful service - Erica is a most attentive hostess - Sofia did an excellant job!!! Thank you for opening you home to us.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My wife and I visited Mario's last week during our first visit to Costa Rica. We read all of the amazing reviews, and had to see for ourselves what it was all about. This is my first review on TripAdvisor/Yelp or any of these other mediums, so that should tell you how my wife and I felt about this place.... More 

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Massachusetts
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30 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

The reviews I read in Tripadvisor intrigued us, so we contacted via email, then telephone once in Playa Hermosa, and in person to make the deposit. Mario impressed us with his passion about the ingredients and food experience, so we were very excited to try this. The house is up on a hill, and you sit in the porch, the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Don't hesitate whatsoever It will be your best meal. Fish fresh from the ocean that day. Specialty chef preparation. Really, don't even think twice, just make a reservation.

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Hampden, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

My husband and I went to Mario's Cuisine on February 28th and had the most wonderful 4 course meal you can imagine. Mario's skills in the kitchen are amazing and not to mention, all the food is prepared from scratch, only with the freshest and wholesome ingredients. Erika, Mario's wife entertains you while you eat talking about what is in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Playa Hermosa Guanacaste, First Entrance to the Beach | 300 Mts From the Main Road Towards the Beach, Playa Hermosa 1000, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Hermosa
  • Phone Number: +506 5705 1645

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood, Fusion, Healthy, Costa Rican

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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