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El Lagarto

Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Ranked #8 of 50 Restaurants in Playa Samara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Barbecue, Costa Rican
Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

OMG my husband was on fire... Not for me this time but for the amazing lomito, grilled on the biggest BBQ i have ever seen! Passion cooking, passion bartending and the waitress is absolutely sharp at your wishes. Yes, it is more expensive than the tico tipico but we thought it was worth it! Cocktails 2for1 and if youre lucky... More

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Covington, Kentucky
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

ok this place is a little pricey but the food is amazing. They cook it over coals and you can watch them prepare your entire meal.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

the food is good but too much expensive considering that the location is not anymore on the beach. We paid 7.56 dollars for a bottle of spring water!!! This unacceptable! We took the meat and was good but as side it was ridiculous half tomato, one slice of zucchini ... I do not recommend this restaurant since you cannot pay... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This place is amazing! They make the hot coals on site and grill the fish on big oil drums sliced in half. You eat on funky tables under trees looking out over the beach.

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Palm Desert, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Everyone in our group of 16 loved their dishes - the garlic was an especially big hit. The potatoes are incredible. Skip the Cactus "surprise" drink. The margarita was quite small and had no ice.

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Miami, Florida
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64 reviews 64 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We visited Playa Samara on July 21 and 22, 2014 and were extremely disappointed to find that El Lagarto was closed (we think that was because it is the wet season when tourism is down). We have eaten at El Lagarto on three prior visits to Samara and love the steak and seafood cooked on the wood fired grill. Lagarto... More

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chicago, il
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

This is an excellent restaurant right on the beach. We had surf and turf, and it was sooo good! Our waitress was a cute little girl from Australia. She was very friendly and welcoming. There is a fascinating wood fired oven where the coals come down a chute. We would recommend this as a restaurant not to be missed.

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Arlington, Virginia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Food was delicious and entertaining to watch food being cooked on this massive grill. We sat near the beach and got annihilated by mosquito - my husband and I each had at least 15 bites just on our legs after eating at this place. We moved seats and luckily we had beach towels that we wrapped around our legs for... More

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Yonkers, New York
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Amazing diner. Cool atmosphere. Got the filet and the lobster tails and it was absolutely delicious! Definitely recommend this restaurant to everyone going to Samara!

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

This was, by far, the best restaurant in Samara. Everything grilled to perfection! The ambiance was wonderful...right on the beach. In addition to fabulous food we were treated to a thunderstorm and light show courtesy of Mother Nature. A great night!

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