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El Lagarto

Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Ranked #8 of 48 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: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
chicago, il
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 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
3 helpful votes 3 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 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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Tracy, California, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Massive Ambiance, Crazy unique Grill that dumps only red hot coals down to cook with (very efficient and visually appeqalling) VERY good meat cuts and sea food preps. Had the fillet mignon and lobster, should have subbed a ribeye ( my wife had this, VERY good) for the mignon (tender but mush less flavor). The lobster was messy and PERFECT,... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

This place has tons of character and is one of the higher end restaurants in Playa Samara though it still has sand floors. It's "roof" is basically a huge tree. The wood fired grill is amazing and the food is very good. Staff speaks English well, which helped and the menu is bi-lingual too.

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Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

We were recommended to this oceanfront restaurant and bar by our hotel. I don't normally have an alcoholic drink (maybe 3 or four times a year), but I decided to order a pina colada along with my girl. It was delicious (and I caught a good buzz!). My girl ordered a pechuga de pollo, which came with zucchini and a... More

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East Nassau, New York
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38 reviews 38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

What fun it is to watch the coals being raked down the chute and the food being cooked on the grills. Photos come out great. Keep an eye on the sand floor, as the night cools, the land crabs make a trek back to the beach. I've been there when it looks like the whole floor is moving. That said... More

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cary, il
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 via mobile

The atmosphere at El Lagarto is amazing. The food and service are average. This restaurant caters to the American audience (we live in the US since 14 years) so you must like it. The meat for my steak wasn't good and we never went back during our 2 week stay.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We had a large group dinner here (20 people). The restaurant is beautiful and right on the beach. The food was amazing. I had the whole fish. The staff did a perfect job and made zero mistakes on such a large order.

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