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Casa Esmeralda

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Italian, Pasta, 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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  • 200
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  • 111
    Very good
  • 24
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  • 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
Best restaurant we ate at in Samara

Went with a group we travelled with. All of us loved our items. The seafood (fish) was fresh, the sauce it was served with was tasty, & the beverages (liquor) were well-made. Great restaurant. Service was really good too.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
amyhearttravel
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Houston, Texas
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Romantic
  • Dining on a budget
  • Doing business
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English first
Houston, Texas
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75 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Went with a group we travelled with. All of us loved our items. The seafood (fish) was fresh, the sauce it was served with was tasty, & the beverages (liquor) were well-made. Great restaurant. Service was really good too.

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Oudenburg, Belgium
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Excellentsea food , fast service, as every where disturbing tv in the restaurant, but food was gooood.

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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Very nice and clean restaurant that serves good fish. My family of 5 (3 young kids) visited this place last night and it was very good. Entire family had a good meal and enjoyable dining. It was a little hot in the dining area but the fruit juices and a cold Pilsen took care of that. I recommend the Mahi... More 

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Florida
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

I have eaten at Casa Esmerelda many times and have enjoyed every visit. This time I ate the "whole fish" fried to perfection. It was delicious! The service was also great as usual! I'll be back!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

A nicer restaurant to have dinner in Samara. I was recommended by a local to have the fish with avocado sauce - glad I listened as it was perfectly cooked, creamy avocado and briny capers. The vegetables were an afterthought. But the entire dish was lovely. My husband had the octopus appetizer which was also delish. If we stayed longer... More 

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Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The first day I walked several times past this restaurant as it did not look that appealing from the outside: A big room with tables but virtually no decoration or anything that would make it look more 'personal'. I ended up going for dinner there after my host recommended the place. I had some really lovely fish there and was... More 

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

This was some of the tastiest food we had our entire trip. We did have a LONG wait and it was a bit pricier than our other meals, but so, so good.

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This is probably one of our most favorite restaurants to visit when in Samara Beach. Do not miss it. Their menu is delicious and the food is excellent. From the Tipico selection to the rest of the menu it never disappoints. Don't miss it if you're in town. It may not be on the beach but it will quickly become... More 

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Seneca, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Recommend this establishment. Atmosphere was pleasant, service was good and food was excellent and plentiful.

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toronto
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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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, South American, Central American, Costa Rican

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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