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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 2014
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.
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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 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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English first
Houston, Texas
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Myself, my husband and our two friends all loved our experience at Mario's. I loved that we had a prepared menu and it was a total surprise. The food was amazing and the hospitality was unbelievable. I love that Mario goes fishing in the morning and prepares your meal from that day's catch. It was interesting to hear the story... More

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Calgary, Canada
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

We had a lovely evening and enjoyed a great meal with Mario and Ericka. When making the booking we discovered that this is not a restaurant, but the patio of a private home. The experience is personal and like visiting friends. Mario is very passionate about his craft and enjoyed telling us about his philosophy and approach to being a... More

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Connecticut
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

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
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

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
3 helpful votes 3 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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