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El Lagarto

Barbecue, Costa Rican
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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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  • 216
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  • 93
    Very good
  • 39
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
very fresh tuna

We ate at Lagarto again after not having been there in 5 years. The location has changed, and it is no longer a beachrestaurant. But still equally good and we thoroughly loved eating there again and eating the best tuna possible....

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 19, 2015
Kikker G
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Houston, Texas
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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365 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Houston, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

We ate at Lagarto again after not having been there in 5 years. The location has changed, and it is no longer a beachrestaurant. But still equally good and we thoroughly loved eating there again and eating the best tuna possible....

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Rainbow City, Alabama United States
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57 reviews 57 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The food was just as wonderful as we remembered it from last year. Not only are the tenderloins great, but the roasted whole potato, roasted whole tomato and grilled zuccini slice are also incredibly delicious. I had the 11 oz beef tenderloin (filet mignon) for $21 and my husband had the surf n turf (9 oz filet mignon and huge... More 

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Alliston, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

worth looking for. Great ambiance, great food, great staff. It's a little pricey for the area which is why i gave it a 4. Six of us had starters, steak & sea food meals, one bottle of wine, 6 mixed drinks and 5 special coffees and it came to $303US. As a comparison we went to El Colibri in Carillo... More 

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Mountville, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Great food, good variety, attentive staff. Excellent wine. Definitely worth your effort to get there.

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Dudley, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

What a dinner! This place is definitely off the beaten path and was an adventure to get there. It is also the priciest of the restaurants in the area which to us being from Boston was really not expensive at all. The food is cooked on a woodfire grill and it is delicious. One of our favorite meals of the... More 

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Bloomfield, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

My husband and I read reviews of this restaurant before we went- it was highly received. It did not disappoint! The open BBQ pit with the roasting potatoes smelled great when we walked in. Our server stopped by often and always kept our drinks full. Drinks were a little pricey; but the food was a value! My pork was cooked... More 

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Princeton, New Jersey
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Ate at the old location last year, now not as scenic, but the food is still very good. Generous portions and the grilled veggie sides are tasty. Nice staff. Pretty extensive wine list, but they seemed to be out of the lower end of the price range a good number of the nights we ate there, so it can definitely... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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71 reviews 71 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Wow we had steak and seafood platters, they were amazing. The wine list was great too not to mention their desert of the day. Not cheap but worth every penny.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
Reviewed December 31, 2014

Our party tried to find this place on New Years Eve. Perhaps it is a Tico thing, but their multi-location website doesn't provide an address or directions. We walked the entire beach and couldn't find it. Ended up at Ma Ma Gui's instead and enjoyed it

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London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

And it was worth the visit. We came in from the road rather than the beach and walked through the grill area, where the coals were dragged down under the grill by the chefs before cooking your steaks. Just the setup made it part of the occasion, though we were then very well looked after by friendly staff who were... 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, Costa Rican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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