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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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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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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
Great dinner spot

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
RoyFamily15
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Dining on a budget
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
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English first
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Additional Information about Casa Esmeralda

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

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

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