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Casa Esmeralda

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Italian, South American, Central American, Costa Rican
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Samara Beach | 300 Mts. Oeste Correo Postal, Playa Samara 50205, Costa Rica
506 2656-0489
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Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best meal we had in Samara!

This hidden gem is so delicious and was probably the best meal we had in Costa Rica in 3 weeks. Because it was not one of the beach front restaurants, we didn't really notice it until a local suggested it. Boy was she right! The kids ordered mozzarella chicken and were thrilled when chicken parm... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
beachgirl541124
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Ventnor City, New Jersey
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Ventnor City, New Jersey
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This hidden gem is so delicious and was probably the best meal we had in Costa Rica in 3 weeks. Because it was not one of the beach front restaurants, we didn't really notice it until a local suggested it. Boy was she right! The kids ordered mozzarella chicken and were thrilled when chicken parm was delivered and tasted just... More 

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Wirral, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We are here twice during our stay as it was recommended by our b&b owner & some locals we got chatting to. You can't go wrong. Delicious and affordable. We recommend the fish.

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Montreal, Canada
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91 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Service was so-so, food was average and overpriced. Mostly pasta, seafood, 1 cassado available. Drinks were very expensive and bottles of wine same or more than at home. I had heard good things about this place but it certainly doesn't live up to the hype. I cannot say the meal was not good, but I could have made these items... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We waited 2 hours for dinner. They forgot one of our orders and then blamed it on us - the hostess who seated us said the person had never ordered but she had nothing to do with taking our order. We asked to speak with the manager and were told he was not there but we then found out he... More 

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Chesterton, Indiana
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

The food here is actually pretty awesome so no complaints there. Our group's experience during our trip to Playa Samara left us able to understand and even embrace the idea of La Pura Vida. The pace of things is slower, everyone is much more laid back than anyone in the States or in Europe. Casa Esmeralda takes it too far,... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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23 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

Good stuff - they mix up the typical food just a bit with sauces. Very yummy. The fluorescent lights should go, though. They were a buzzkill in an otherwise decent meal.

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

We came here on recommendation of the locals and indeed the food was very good and reasonable priced. I got the tuba, which was indeed fresh. Bit heavy on the garlic though. The chicken curry, with pineapple, my friend had was very nice. They will make it to the spicyness you require. Our other friends were also very happy with... More 

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Millarville, Canada
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

My husband and I had the pleasure of dining at this wonderful little restaurant our first night in Samara. The food was fresh and flavourful. I had the fish with avocado salsa and my husband had the chicken - both served with rice and fresh veggies. The Mojito I had was amazing!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

The food was really good, nothing out of this worlds but tasty. The service was ok our 1st time but the 2nd time the guy got us 3 wrong orders out of 5, maybe because fo the soccer game they were just watching -.- . It's little it pricy but almost "regular" given it is on Samara. it is not... More 

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brooklyn, NY
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

My wife loved her arroz con camarrones. My casado with fish was a little skimpy. For being a beach community the fish was nothing special. But prices were good, and tax/service are included. Had to pay in cash.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Samara Beach | 300 Mts. Oeste Correo Postal, Playa Samara 50205, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
  • Phone Number: 506 2656-0489

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, South American, Central American, Costa Rican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Dining on a budget, Business meetings, Families with children

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?