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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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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
Costa Rica Trip

This restaurant is located at the end of a dead end block. At first it look kinda of shady but like they all say, "never judge a book by its cover." They have two for one cocktail drink, which was awesome and they were very generous with the pour. I had the meat sampler where I have a piece of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
SpamueltheExplorer
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Los Angeles, California
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is located at the end of a dead end block. At first it look kinda of shady but like they all say, "never judge a book by its cover." They have two for one cocktail drink, which was awesome and they were very generous with the pour. I had the meat sampler where I have a piece of... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This is a really nice restaurant with an interesting BBQ area. The service was polite and prompt. The food was the best we have had during our holiday in CR. We had grilled jumbo prawns which came with grilled vegetables - they were all cooked to perfection. The desert special was grilled pineapple with ice cream which was also delicious.... More 

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DeWitt, Michigan
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Really great food. Make sure you read the description though - my husband ordered fish and got the full fish - but it was absolutely amazing non-the-less. The way they cook the food on the wood fired grill is incredible to watch. Would HIGHLY recommend as a place to eat.

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Dallas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Went to El Lagarto for dinner on a Tuesday night. Happy hour drinks at 8:30 :) I had a small lobster that tasted awesome, then helped Bride finish off her pork tenderloin. Prices were very reasonable . Very unique grill setup. I stuck around for a bit to watch. If I make it back to Samara, tis will be my... More 

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tellysurf
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Best food we had in Costa Rica. Well­-seasoned and perfect texture to meat (I had a special of fish and calamari). Every bite was savored. The wait staff was the most professional (attentive, friendly and polite) we had during our entire trip. El Lagarto is doing it right.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Ate here twice in 4 days while in Samara and ate once at their identical restaurant in Manuel Antonio. I'm addicted to Mahi (Dorado) and have to say their filets are fantastic and grilled to perfection. Came with a baked potato and grilled veggies - yummie ($11). It was happy hour (its always happy hour in CR) when we got... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

I love my seafood & always willing to pay for a good service & plate of food, specially if you are at the coast! Oysters as you well know, it's an acquired taste and not everyone likes them BUT If you like them, you will never miss an opportunity to have them! Well, what a disaster! We got served 6... More 

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Arnold, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Found this restaurant by accident when we made a wrong turn into a dead end. We were greeted by a very friendly hostess who showed us to a table and immediately took our drinks order. The first thing we noticed were the tables , the tops are hewn ,sliced tree trunks which have been smoothed and highly varnished...... Very interesting.... More 

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Millersville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Rode by this restaurant, not many people inside because of the rain, rode around checking out other restaurants but still raining and hubby really wanted to visit here so we ventured in and I must admit it was the best meal we've ever had in Costa Rica. Wonderful atmosphere. As I'm listening to the rain pounding on tin roof above,... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Very fresh fish. The best baked potato I've ever eaten. A little off the beaten path, but well worth it. Go there!

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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: Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine, Large groups

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