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Mario's Cuisine

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Seafood, Fusion, Healthy, South American, 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
50687413376
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Cash Only, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating
Good for: Scenic view
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 20 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
Wonderful, Amazing experience!

If you have the opportunity this is a marvelous experience. Mario cooks and his wife serves and entertains the guests. An educated and highly trained chef, Mario prepared and absolutely marvelous four course meal. Note - they only handle 6 guests and evening so reservations (and a deposit are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Martin G
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Detroit, Michigan USA
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Detroit, Michigan USA
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126 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have the opportunity this is a marvelous experience. Mario cooks and his wife serves and entertains the guests. An educated and highly trained chef, Mario prepared and absolutely marvelous four course meal. Note - they only handle 6 guests and evening so reservations (and a deposit are required), A truly memorable experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You only have 15 days left to experience this incredible cuisine. Mario is moving to San Jose .. Six people are served a unique, fresh, exquisitely presented 4 course meal each evening on the veranda of his home with the kitchen adjacent. The fish served was caught that morning.. by Mario. His delightful wife serves, explains the dishes, and fills... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I emailed to make a reservation six weeks in advance, requesting a certain night of our Christmas week vacation. I didn't hear back from anyone until a week before our trip. Because I had made reservations at other restaurants I needed to keep my reservation at Mario's for Sunday. I also was surprised that the meal would be $95 a... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

Clearly our best meal in Costa Rica. I went with my wife and three teenaged sons for dinner our last night in Costa Rica. The restaurant is in Mario's home which has great views. They specifically inquire ahead of time regarding food restrictions and preferences. They specialize in seafood which Mario trys to catch daily. One of my sons does... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

The reviews about Mario's are not overrated! It was definitely our best meal in Costa Rica! Mario is a talented chef and makes tasty combinations of dishes all with local ingredients. Erika presents each course with a marvelous introduction and presentation. They jointly make you feel at home in their home while you have amazing courses of food bursting with... More 

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Thank Barb A
Loughborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Don't miss this opportunity if in playa hermosa the reports are accurate!!! First time I've had a email from a chef and his wife after a meal to see how we are doing

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Thank 490ken
Cary, North Carolina
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69 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

What a wonderful, unique experience to be invited into someone's home and have them cook a fantastic meal for you. We appreciated the inventive food with local ingredients. Even our children (11 and 15) ate everything and loved it. It was so nice to be able to talk to Mario and Ericka about not only the food, but life in... More 

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Thank Christi123
North Bay, Ontario, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

We ate at Mario's Cuisine while staying at the Secrets Papagayo. It is a quick and cheap cab ride from the resort. The food was amazing! It was even better than we expected. The most pleasant surprise was how wonderful Mario and Ericka are! They are two smart, funny, down-to-earth, and very interesting people. They welcome you into their home,... More 

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Thank Lisa W
San Diego, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

Wow is the best word to describe this dining experience. Mario and Erika only take six people at a time, so make sure to make a reservation by emailing her before you go to ensure a spot. The meal was so fresh and customized to our palates. Make sure to bring some wine or alcohol to share. My boyfriend and... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015 via mobile

Thanks to Tripadvisor, we learned of this home based dining experience which we thoroughly enjoyed! We dined on the patio of Mario's home along with two other couples. The weather was perfect and the view was nice. For $75 USD per person, we were provided with a four course meal. The courses were unique, flavorful and the ideal portion size.... 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: 50687413376

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood, Fusion, Healthy, South American, Costa Rican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view

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 20 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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