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All 47 Playa Samara Restaurants

Gusto creativo italiano

next to Banco de Costa Rica | Playa Samara, Playa Samara sjo1000, Costa Rica
0050626562219
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Ranked #16 of 47 Restaurants in Playa Samara
Price range: $12 - $18
Hours:
Tue - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: Sushi, Italian, Mediterranean, Contemporary
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: The Gusto Creativo Italiano Restaurant, in Samara Costa Rica, is distinguished for its refined italian, creative and exotic cuisine in which the real protagonist is fish.We open for Lunch with fresh salads, bruschette and sandwiches, for Aperitif in italian style with international and tropical cocktails served with snacks and for Dinner with its warm atmosfere and excellent cuisine. Great music, latest videos, free Wi-Fi and a small art gallery are waiting to Gusto.

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Boston
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

The location and set up of the restaurant are fantastic. High quality fit out and magnificent beach location. We had a wonderful lunch there, overlooking the beach, the service was slow, but we told our server not to worry as we weren't in a rush, as we were trying to get out of the midday sun. I had finished 2... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We read good reviews about this place before our trip and saw it from the beach and were excited to try it. The atmosphere was great being seated on the beach and the night we were there had live music. The food however was mediocre. We tried ordering 4 different drinks each time being told they were missing an ingredient... More 

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Houston, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We were so much looking forward to have dinner at Gusto, and what a deception it became.... First of all they appeared with 3 starters, while we only ordered 2. Reluctantly they took one starter back. The tuna carpaccio was simply old and tasted very bad therefor. When we complained, the waiter had the nerve to tell us that we... More 

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Valdez, Alaska
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Gusto on the beach made our stay in Playa Samara even more fun. Most mornings we would head down to Gusto, grab a beach chair under an umbrella, enjoy some good food & drinks, and relax before heading out to hike or zipline. The atmosphere there is conducive to chillin'. The bacon, avocado hamburger was delicious...big enough to split between... More 

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We had dinner here and the pizza and fish and chips were delicious . The next day we went back for lunch , I ordered a quinoa feta salad, when it arrived the feta tasted bitter, so I told the waitress and she replied that they had served several already that afternoon and had no complaints. I tasted it again... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We came for dessert during a busy dinner service and were given a small table even without a reservation from a friendly staff member, so we thought we'd come back the next day for lunch. I don't mean to sound like an alarmist, but I need to warn others about the lunch service here. We showed up at 11:30am and... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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255 reviews 255 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
178 helpful votes 178 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We had lunch at Gusto's our first day in Samara and it was so delicious and fun we ended up eating two more dinners there, including New Year's Eve. Gusto's has an incredible beachfront location and is very romantic and charming. The pizza is fantastic- very thin crust. We also had excellent shrimp and mahi-mahi kebobs, quinoa salads, and steak.... More 

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Mountville, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Most romantic restaurant on the beach. Beautiful beach views. Best tuna steak I've ever had. All food was good. Service was fine; one must understand that service standards in Costa Rica are quite different than in the U.S. (wear bug spray)

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Laguna Beach, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This spot right on the sand in the heart of Samara Beach is a great place to have an afternoon seared Ahi Tuna salad or other great meal and take in the sights. It is also great at night for live music and dancing. Sunday free pizza with a purchased beverage and live local band is also fun! We have... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

despite reserving a table we did not get a good seat. The food was super but service lacking somewhat

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Additional Information about Gusto creativo italiano

Address: next to Banco de Costa Rica | Playa Samara, Playa Samara sjo1000, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 0050626562219
Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
Open Hours:
Tuesday 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 12 - 18
Cuisine: Sushi, Italian, Mediterranean, Contemporary

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