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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: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Private Dining, Reservations
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
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    Service
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  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Great food, nice ambiance!

The food was great. The food is so fresh. I ordered pork and it was delicious. My boyfriend ordered a red snapper and he said it was good. One of the kids ordered octopus and she really liked it. You can't go wrong by going to this place

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
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houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The food was great. The food is so fresh. I ordered pork and it was delicious. My boyfriend ordered a red snapper and he said it was good. One of the kids ordered octopus and she really liked it. You can't go wrong by going to this place

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

5 friends and I traveled to Costa Rica to celebrate my 50th birthday. Dinner at Mario's was a high point on trip full of fantastic adventures. Everything was fresh and made from scratch. Mario caught the fish that day. The entire meal was beautifully presented, unique and so delicious! We are all from Chicago, a big "foodie" city and dine... More 

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Linden, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Chef Mario spear fished for delectable treats from the sea and he prepared them so delicious and healthy....each and everything served was a treat for the eyes and the palate! His wife Erika graciously served the food and entertained us with wonderful conversation and stories of this young couples' lovely family and their desire for a better life....romantic setting on... More 

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Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

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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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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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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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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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Address: Playa Hermosa Guanacaste, First Entrance to the Beach | 300 Mts From the Main Road Towards the Beach, Playa Hermosa 1000, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +506 5705 1645
Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Hermosa
Cuisine: Seafood, Fusion, Healthy, Costa Rican

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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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