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Samara Beach, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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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 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best ceviche!!

If you like ceviche DONT MISS this one! I love all types of ceviche, fish, shrimp, mixed, etc & whenever I am at the beach it becomes one of my favorite dishes so, when we arrived at Sámara a beer & a ceviche was a must... We just arrived at the right place! Not only were they playing beautiful... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 21, 2015
Tica1956
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

If you like ceviche DONT MISS this one! I love all types of ceviche, fish, shrimp, mixed, etc & whenever I am at the beach it becomes one of my favorite dishes so, when we arrived at Sámara a beer & a ceviche was a must... We just arrived at the right place! Not only were they playing beautiful Latin... More 

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Dublin, Ohio
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We went for lunch and I had the mixed nachos which were good, but not amazing. The chicken tenders were extremely delicious. None of us had entrees, just snacks and appetizers, so the main dishes may be better. Reasonably priced with tables looking out over the ocean, friendly staff and everything was clean.

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Sexsmith, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We took a group of 8 people there, the servers were amazing. Rene help to accommodate everything we needed as well as explaining the menu well to us. The fish was great it was a over all favourite.

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Philadelphia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Tabanuco is a step up from some of the other restaurants in Samara. They have the best, freshest ceviche by far.

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

located right on the beach this local restaurant serves a wide menu to suit all tastes. All freshly cooked to order. Pleasant staff and good service. This is a must visit during your stay.

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Great beach front restaurant and bar. Delicious food, appetizers and drinks. Reggae night every friday evening is the place to be on the beach. With live music and lots of dancing. I especially love the wood work around the restaurant. They had an organic wine on the menu which was great. The only issue, is reggae night (friday evenings), the... More 

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Belleville, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 via mobile

My parents, mid 80's and I enjoyed a great lunch. Seafood soup, a tureen really filled with lobater shrimp fish clam mussel s and squid. We also had pesacado casado and fish almondine, with a pineapple batidos and1000 colones cold beer(. best price in town). Lots of shade, beach adirondack chairs,friendly service. Spotless large washrooms. Large menu with big price... More 

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Blue Grass
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Excellent tuna service good drinks a little pricey 2000 for beer considering Meal only 6000 but worth stop

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Franklin, Tennessee
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015 via mobile

Whole Fish Dinner...must have been cooked that morning. Stale and skanky. We give two stars because the beer was cold.

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Union, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

This became our favorite beach restaurant for lunch. Loved the fish tacos. Chairs in front of the restaurant, on the beach, available if you buy a drink or smoothie (pineapple for me). It's right next to Coco's Surf School where my children took lessons. Marko was a great instructor and nice guy.

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Address: Samara Beach, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
Cuisine: International

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  • Address: Samara Beach, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: International

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