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Casa Esmeralda

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Italian, Pasta, 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: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 192
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    Very good
  • 24
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  • 4
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  • 1
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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
We always make sure that we dine at the Esmeralda

Although the Esmeralda is not right on the beach the food is so good we never miss going. The food is excellent and the wait staff are super friendly, always ready to help with my Spanish words. I think that we have the same waiter every year that we have gone with is saying something.I I always... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
jeanniToronto
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toronto
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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325 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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toronto
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Although the Esmeralda is not right on the beach the food is so good we never miss going. The food is excellent and the wait staff are super friendly, always ready to help with my Spanish words. I think that we have the same waiter every year that we have gone with is saying something.I I always have the rice... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Essentially we were recommended this restaurant and loved both the quality of the food and the price for Samara was fairly good so we ate here 3 times in 5 days!

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Minneapolis
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

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 

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Munich, Germany
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 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.

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Grand Junction, Colorado, United States
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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!

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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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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 

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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 

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Brighton, Michigan
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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

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Kelowna B.C.
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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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

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Edmonton, Alberta
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58 reviews 58 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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.

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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, Pasta, Central American, Costa Rican

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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