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El Ancla

Costa Rican
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175 meters east of the main beach entrance, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
506 656-0254
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 8
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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
French fry fix!

I had been to El Ancla (The Anchor) several times over several years. Originally just for a burger and french fries on the beach. Place has expanded menu and decor but still serves great fries. Always nice when you have a craving for something like home. My son enjoyed the cerviche and daughter... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
Terry R
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Morro Bay, California
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Morro Bay, California
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

I had been to El Ancla (The Anchor) several times over several years. Originally just for a burger and french fries on the beach. Place has expanded menu and decor but still serves great fries. Always nice when you have a craving for something like home. My son enjoyed the cerviche and daughter her chicken salad.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

I ordered the shrimp and rice and it came with french fries. The rice/shrimp was too salty and the french fries were cold. Service sucked and prices were too much for the quality. I would not recommend this place

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

food served hot. Good prices. Good location. Good spot to watch the night life on the boardwalk. Rustic decor with wooden chairs that could be a little more comfortable, but were ok.

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Gatineau
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

My wife and I decided to have our last dinner at El Ancla before our departure. When we arrived there were only 4 or 5 tables that were occupied. We ordered fried whole fish and fried calamares. The fish was excellent but the calamares were so rubber and cold, the worst we ever had. The waitress never smiled at us,... More 

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Fredericton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 via mobile

While the view is so-so if there is no room at the outside patio (as was the case for us), the steaks were excellent: tender, juicy, delicious. All of the steaks were large, but one of us had a filet mignon that was the size of a small roast! A Swedish family in a neighboring villa that had asked for... More 

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

The VERY BEST seafood soup. I know we ate other menu items as well and were pleased. But the seafood soup takes the win on this menu!!! Absolutely delicious, a must try.

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minneapolis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

we had two fantastic dinners here. picturesque setting on the beach. i think their fish with house ancla sauce (uses banana, mango and pina) is the single best dish i had in our eight day trip--4000 colones with rice and salad. locally owned and operated. my wife and daughter also had great fish dinners--garlic sauce. of all the typical dinners... More 

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Ottawa, ont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

We come to Samara every year and love El Ancla. They are on the beach, so you can watch the surfers and boats come in as you eat your meal. They make mos f their dishes from scratch, after being ordered, so it takes longer, especially when they are busy. But it is worth the wait. We particularly enjoy the... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

My wife and I attended the monthly "First Friday" gathering. It is an event where anyone can attend and enjoy seeing old friends in the community and meeting new people. It occurs once a month and is hosted by a different venue each month. We are 2nd year snowbirds from Canada and have attended several of these events but El... More 

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Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

I really enjoyed this beach front hotel, food was really good. I liked the atmosphere despite the heavy down pour that evening so we dined under the roof..

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Address: 175 meters east of the main beach entrance, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 506 656-0254
Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
Cuisine: Costa Rican

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 175 meters east of the main beach entrance, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
  • Phone Number: 506 656-0254

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Costa Rican

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