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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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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Wonderful Food, Wonderful Host, Awesome Chef!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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New York City, New York
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Private Dining
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New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

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
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
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
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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Coldbrook, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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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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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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