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Casa Esmeralda

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Italian, Costa Rican, Central American
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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, Reservations, Late Night
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

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  • 184
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    Very good
  • 21
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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
Most recent review
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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
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St jean de matha Quebec Canada
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
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309 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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St jean de matha Quebec Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

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 

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New York City, New York
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98 reviews 98 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We had a nice dinner here. By the time we arrived, the front tables upstairs were taken and the back of the space was just too hot, so we sat downstairs. I had their specialty (a shrimp and rice dish), which was very good. Wine was priced well and dessert was quite good (pineapple with caramel sauce and ice cream).... More 

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chicago, IL
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51 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Good service and good food at a pretty good price-will probably return more than once during our stay in Samara-

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London, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We had heard about Casa Esmeralda from a couple of sources but were disappointed overall. The meals we had were average, not up to par with some of the fabulous meals we've had in Samara. And a little more expensive than the usual here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Casa Esmeralda is owned by two sisters who take so much pride and care in their restaurant. The food is delicious, fresh and resonably priced. I always get the " casado típico"! I could eat it everyday for dinner!

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Calgary, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Had the shrimp and avocado pasta. It was amazing! What the place lacks in ambience, it makes up for in fantastic food. Service was good and the margaritas are certainly worth a try!

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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The food is excellent, the service is quick. The environment no nice. I recommend for food and price.

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Brooklyn, New York
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64 reviews 64 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

This restaurant has no decor and felt like a diner downstairs. I was sorry I did not dine in the upstairs patio which had a nicer ambiance. Also no television set . As for the food--delicious and well seasoned. The woman cooking was very focused on the details such as perfect al dente pasta, mussels that were grit free and... More 

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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

I loved the food, the wait staff are friendly. We have gone at least once everytime we are in Samara. This year being our fourth.

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Toronto
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

My husband and I ate twice at Casa Esmeralda, and since we just loved the Mahi Mahi with avocado sauce and the Mahi Mahi with garlic the first time around, we had them again, and enjoyed them equally. Service was friendly and polite. We chose to sit on the second level since there are fewer tables and it is more... More 

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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, Costa Rican, Central American

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?