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All 45 Playa Samara Restaurants

El Ancla

175 meters east of the main beach entrance, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
506 656-0254
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Ranked #25 of 45 Restaurants in Playa Samara
Cuisines: Costa Rican
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations

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Playa Carrillo, Costa Rica
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Best seafood in Samara.The service great and a great view on the beach. The dollar stretches far here.

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Orange, ca
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6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We came here for dinner while staying at villas playa samara after hearing mediocre things about the resort food. This place was right off the beach (you could eat on the beach but I wanted to eat under a fan), with great views, quaint decor, attentive but not annoying service, and delicious food. There are a few vegitarian options here... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

They food is fine, the location is great right on the beach. If they went the extra mile with food, service and decor this would be THE place in Samara. They probably don't have to as the location alone automatically draws people or they are happy with what they are. Don't get me wrong, it's still a nice place to... More

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Heredia, Costa Rica
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I had dinner here on my last night after several locals recommended it for the seafood. They have a great menu selection, but the fish dishes are the best! And definitely go for the patacones and guacamole (fried plantains)!

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Austin, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

My girlfriend and I went to El Ancla for a romantic beachside dinner while staying in Sámara. The server was amiable at first, but rarely checked to see if we needed anything, we waited 30 min after for our food after we ordered, my lobster was ok but overpriced and my girlfriend's burger was dull and flavorless. She didn't eat... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Get the breaded shrimp, they are to die for. It was amazing food and we loved Ricardo, he was so nice and made us feel right at home.

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Pennsylvania
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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

We heard great reviews about this place, but my fish was terrible and my wife said her chicken tacos tasted bad as well. The one good thing was the fresh quac, the best I have ever eaten. I might go back for that, but otherwise...

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Vancouver, Canada
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

An 80 meal for two plates of lobster and one glass of wine. Three small bites of lobster (rest was bad), drenched in bland sauce with dry rice and soggy veggies. Waiter was pleasant to start but was overwhelmed with his table service - we were a bother to the woman. Shine the bar to ask for a plate for... More

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New York City, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

This is right on the beach, so it's a great setting. The veggies and rice and chicken and rice were amazing. We were in Samara for 2 weeks, and it might have been the best meal of all. Our server seemed to be annoyed every time we asked for anything, but that's not unusual for us with 3 active kids.... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Hard to find from main road. It's at the front of the beach with sand floor. Great food and good for lunch and dinner.

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