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Al Manglar Bar & Pizzeria

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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Special occasions
Dining on a budget

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  • 40
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
it is now closed. reviews were great but it is no more

We were eager to go to Al Manglar and tried to find it - only to learn that they had closed for good. Too bad. Please bring tripadvisor up to date. The restaurant had great reviews.

1 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Edmonton, Alberta
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Dining on a budget
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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68 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Edmonton, Alberta
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We were eager to go to Al Manglar and tried to find it - only to learn that they had closed for good. Too bad. Please bring tripadvisor up to date. The restaurant had great reviews.

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chicago, il
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

This restaurant was on our list of desired places to eat during our week in Samara, so we were disappointed to find it closed.

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London, Canada
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

We have been putting a lot of faith in Fodor's 2014, and when it is recommended in this book, we have never been disappointed!! According to the book, it is "the best pizza in town". We couldn't agree more! It is a thin crust pizza (we ordered the diablo), and was delicious. The petite waitress asked if we'd like to... More 

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Nanaimo, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Found this place on our second to last night in Samara, which is too bad, because it was our favourite place in Samara! Unassuming from the road, when you come and sit down it is cozy and clean. Service is good, relaxed, the hostess and cook are absolutely lovely. The brushetta was fabulous and we ordered 3 pizzas for 2... More 

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Burlington, Vermont
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

I thought the food was very good. Tasty pasta and pizza. But our visit was marred by some exceptionally poor service. First of all we waited for a very long time for any food to appear at all. But that was exacerbated by the fact that some of our entrees arrived much later than others. We actually got a little... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

We decided to check out Al Manglar on our last evening in Samara. The service seemed a little slow, but good bruschetta app to start. Two of us ordered pasta and two pizza. FORTY MINUTES after our pasta arrived, the pizza finally did -- except one of them went to the wrong table, and the guy promptly started eating it,... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Simply put: great food, great hostess. Incredibly nice cook, waitress, the works. Even got a show from a bunch of kittens living there! Would definately recommend this to anyone who loves an authentic Italian meal!!

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Rochester, New York, USA
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70 reviews 70 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Al Manglar is off the beaten track in Samara, but worth the trip if you like Italian food with a Tico twist. We were a party of four and must have come in after a few big parties because we were definitely served on Tico-time! Staff was limited to waitress (assuming owner because she spoke Italian) and cook and the... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

After traveling for a month in Central America, I had a hankering for some pizza while in Playa Samara. Eating beans and rice left something to be desired and I came to trusty tripadvisor to tell me where I could get some in this quaint little beach town at 9pm on a Tuesday. Even though I walked by several places... More 

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toronto
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Seriously, this was one of the best pizza we've ever eaten! We ate here twice during our stay in Samara. Both times the service and food was excellent. Try the Diablo - spicy salami - and be sure to ask for the house specialty "hot olive oil" to add to it - awesome!

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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: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Special occasions, Dining on a budget

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