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El Lagarto

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Barbecue, South American, Costa Rican
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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff

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  • 263
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  • 49
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  • 13
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  • 9
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Grillmasters dream steakhouse

This is an authentic steakhouse with a unique grill pit that is unmatched in style and the flavor it provides all the meat dishes. The steaks are great, appetizers well done and the pineapple desert also takes advantage of the grill....the service was excellent and ambiance provides a warm tropical... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
pfmurphy
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is an authentic steakhouse with a unique grill pit that is unmatched in style and the flavor it provides all the meat dishes. The steaks are great, appetizers well done and the pineapple desert also takes advantage of the grill....the service was excellent and ambiance provides a warm tropical feel....

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Alberta
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were here ten years ago and had to go back to see if it was still just as good. Other than not being on the beach anymore, it was!

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Burlington, Canada
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73 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to El Lagarto last night. My wife convinced me to have the surf and turf#2 which was steak and shrimp. Amazingly good flavours and cooked to perfection. Was accompanied by a delicious baked potato with butter and garlic along with a roasted tomato and some zucchini. Fabulous. Well worth the price. My wife had the fish and mussels... More 

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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As always, the best food in Samara although still a little pricey. Definitely a special occasion restaurant. Can definitely recommend highly.

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Thank Patrick_B_Ipswich
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have to admit the meat was excellent and the service quick and good. I had ordered surf and turf and paid an additional 8$ for 4 medium sized prawns with my steak. Way too much if you ask me. The 7$ tacos with "guacamole" as starter was not worth the money. Great food, but too expensive.

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Thank Johan v
Las Vegas
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been to Costa Rica six different and the one thing that is always hard to find is a good cut of beef. Problem solved. I had the Lomito des Res, which is the tenderloin and it was amazing. Others in our group had the rib eye, porterhouse and the stuffed chicken breast. It was all great. We ended up... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This wasn't just good because we were tired of rice and beans, this was hands down an awesome meal. Be sure to order the whole red snapper and you will not be disappointed. They also take credit card (rare in playa samara) and they have a pretty extensive wine list for the area. They open at 3pm so make it... More 

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Midland
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88 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We tried this place on our last night in Samara. All of our food was excellent. Service was great too! We mostly had seafood with a little beef. They have a cool fire put to smoke all the food. It's a cool experience! We sat close to the street to avoid the heat from the fire.

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Santa Rosa, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed an elegant, romantic dinner here with perfectly prepared fresh grilled fresh fish, a good bottle of wine, and candlelight. While the restaurant is not right on the beach, it is charming and comfortable without being overly touristy. Fish is served with potatoes that are roasted in the wood coals, a nice change from rice and beans. Great spot... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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125 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

This restaurant serves a simple, not complicated cuisine and does it extremely well. We shared jalapeno shrimps with Maasdam cheese for starters and then baby back ribs and bacon wrapped pork medallions with maasdam cheese. The meat was perfectly done, the flavors present, the presentation original. For dessert, we had BBQ pineapple with ice cream and whipped cream. For the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Playa Samara, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue, South American, Costa Rican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Scenic view, Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions, Bar scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?