We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Casa Esmeralda

Certificate of Excellence
Italian, Central American, Costa Rican
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
Samara Beach | 300 Mts. Oeste Correo Postal, Playa Samara 50205, Costa Rica
506 2656-0489
Add hours for Casa Esmeralda and help diners know when to go.
+ Add hours
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Dining on a budget

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 322 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 190
    Excellent
  • 103
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
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
Loved the place. Not by the beach, but still a great atmosphere and great Service.

Food was very good, and the service was prompt, and friendly. I had the filet of fish (Huge), and my kids and wife had the "tipical' food, which is always good. We were serenaded by the local musicians, who we understand are from Nicaragua, and they were very good. They work very hard, as... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
MinnesotaTravelBoy
,
Minneapolis
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
Add Photo Write a Review

322 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Minneapolis
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Food was very good, and the service was prompt, and friendly. I had the filet of fish (Huge), and my kids and wife had the "tipical' food, which is always good. We were serenaded by the local musicians, who we understand are from Nicaragua, and they were very good. They work very hard, as we saw them every night wandering... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Munich, Germany
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW via mobile

We had lunch today and enjoyed it very much. The tuna was perfect and the fish with avocado was delicious ! Don't miss the pasta with octopus ! The service was also great.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Grand Junction, Colorado, United States
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Wonderful local variation from the same-o, same-o! When I want pasta carbs, this is always my choice. Prepared by the plate meals. Many choices, Great staff... I have too many favorites to pick just one meal from the menu... and I'm fussy about my pasta!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We visited this restaurant three times in a one-week visit to Samara Beach. The arroz con pollo was fantastic. I also had dorado/mahi mahi with garlic sauce, mussels, and the casado (typical plate) with a pork chop smothered in sauteed onions. All my meals were very good and some of the best we had in town. The atmosphere is a... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We went to Cafe Esmeralda our last night in town on the recommendation of a sweet shop owner. My boyfriend and his mom had casado and I had the AMAZING arroz con calamares, it was chock full of squid and the rice and veggie mix was very flavorful, and the accompanying salad was lovely. The casado was a great portion... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Brighton, Michigan
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Nice spot, good service, average food. Popular with tourists. Menu is pretty basic, menu price includes tip and taxes

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kelowna B.C.
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

This place was recommended by our hotel. the food was good and well prepared. A very popular restaurant in this area

Was this review helpful? Yes
Edmonton, Alberta
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

There are not that many restaurants in little Playa Samara to choose from but Casa Esmeralda is popular with good cause. Prices are reasonable, portions are ample and food is tasty. Make reservations unless you are willing to wait for a table. The seafood soup was very good as was the casado.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Homer, Alaska
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Avacodo fish or pimento tenderloin are our favorites year after year!!! The service is great and we love it here!

Was this review helpful? Yes
St jean de matha Quebec Canada
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

we had my wife and i an excellent meal for supper, we had the caprese salad with fresh mozarella, for main course I had the spagetti aquacale, a sauce with avocado and shrimps, very very good and my wife had the tagliatelle , pasta with a mushroom and shrimp sauce it was still very very good. We will return to... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Casa Esmeralda also viewed

Playa Samara, Province of Guanacaste
Playa Samara, Province of Guanacaste
 
Playa Samara, Province of Guanacaste
Playa Samara, Province of Guanacaste
 

Been to Casa Esmeralda? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

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, Central American, Costa Rican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Casa Esmeralda and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Casa Esmeralda staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?