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Mario's Cuisine

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Seafood, Costa Rican, Healthy, Fusion
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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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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Pure Magic for your mouth!

Ben and I attended one of the best meals ever on Tuesday of last week! We had a 4 course meal that was totally magic for the taste buds and the eyes-soup-taster, main and desert-oh my. All the while Erika entertained us with conversation about her country as Mario shared his passion for his... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
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Coldbrook, Canada
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Private Dining
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118 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Coldbrook, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Ben and I attended one of the best meals ever on Tuesday of last week! We had a 4 course meal that was totally magic for the taste buds and the eyes-soup-taster, main and desert-oh my. All the while Erika entertained us with conversation about her country as Mario shared his passion for his talents! If you ever have the... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Our 4 course meal prepared by Mario and served up by his wife Ericka on the candle lit balcony of their home which overlooked the Playa Hermosa was a night to remember. Not only was the food superbly prepared but so artistically presented that one could easily be swayed into thinking this was all taking place in a Michelin starred... More 

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Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I recently worked with Erika and Mario to plan a very special dinner for a group of 20 people that traveled with me to Costa Rica. It was very personalized as I had to submit dietary preferences including any food allergies for my guests. We were the largest group they had served on the porch of their home. The care... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 via mobile

Eating at Mario's Cuisine is a must! Erica & Mario could not be easier to deal with & do everything in their power to please as they design a delicious, unique, healthy menu just for your party. We ate there twice & both times did not disappoint. Food is incredibly fresh, service is beyond pleasant, making you feel like you've... More 

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Mattawan, Michigan
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

What a unique and memorable experience! Erica and Mario are very friendly and enjoyable people to spend an evening with. The quality of the food was remarkable!! What an experience to be able to go to their house and have such an unbelievable meal.

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New York City, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Delicious, inventive, local fare. Beautiful presentation. Need call and arrange in advance. Highly recommended.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

We had a wonderful time eating mario's wonderful cuisine. The husband and wife team of Mario and Erica gave us a delicious and entertaining evening. Our group was so difficult with 2 vegetarians, a gluten and lactose free eater, and non mushroom eaters. Mario made a meal that pleased all. While we ate our well prepared dinner Erica talked with... More 

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Stony Brook, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

We reviewed Marios on trip advisor and made reservations (needed) Mario catches his fish in the morning and it is prepared by him in the afternoon, then served by his wonderful wife Erica at their home. A delightful experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I guess my food hangover has lasted two months after my visit to Playa Hermosa! I wanted to do something extremely special for my wife and I during our week stay in Costa Rica. I called Mario who was headed back from town and he prompted that His wife Erica would would give me a call to get reservation arrangements... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014 via mobile

We live in San Jose and went for a couple of days to Playa Hermosa, in the month of november. Based on tripadvisor we reserved a night and it was absolutely fantastic. As a starter we had the papaya/ginger soup which was one of the best soups ever tasted; the main course freshl fish and home made icecream were top... 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, Costa Rican, Healthy, Fusion

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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