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Ma Ma Gui

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Banco National Main Road, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
26562347
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Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 126
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  • 10
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  • 2
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  • 3
    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
Fine dining in Samara

We were recommended this restaurant when we asked for a special place to eat on our last night in Samara. We were not disappointed. The food was amazing! The service was impeccable. We travel to Samara often and will return to this restaurant. Do yourself a favour and try the tuna. You will... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Jacquie and Jef... F
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Burlington, Canada
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Burlington, Canada
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were recommended this restaurant when we asked for a special place to eat on our last night in Samara. We were not disappointed. The food was amazing! The service was impeccable. We travel to Samara often and will return to this restaurant. Do yourself a favour and try the tuna. You will not be disappointed!

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Udine
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52 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I consider this place quite good,teh quality is good,presenation is good,portion not to big,luck like novelle cousinne,service is fast,price a little hight,place a little in contast with the presentaion of the plate.. too rustic,but in teh complex is OK!

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Saskatoon, Canada
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Samara has many good restaurants - Ma Ma Gui and La Perla are my favourites. They have nothing in common except good service and good food! We dropped by this restaurant late one evening to make a reservation for a group of six for the next evening. We chatted with the owner then decided to stay and have a cappuccino... More 

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ste adele
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First the ambiance inside is cool whith light color and airconditionner The owner is french hé welcome everybody, we really enjoy the service. The food is fantastic entrees main meal and dessert wow I work in a cooking school in st-adele canada And for this restaurant i give 4 stars almost perfection in a small village in Costa Rica

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Thank rocheSteAdele
Northern Virginia, Virginia
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We choose to eat inside as the outside tables are too near the road. The menu is all Tico food. Service was excellent and the food was freshly cooked for e yearach patron. Will visit there next

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Toronto, Canada
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

indoor outdoor dinning very local feel, food was very good and service quick. Good fit for large groups of couples dinning.

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Thank George P
Houston, Texas
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33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a pretty good dinner with a group of 8. Food good, but salad mmmm. if you like a heap of greens without too many other ingredients, then you'll be happy...

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Fairfax, Virginia
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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent service, exquisite food, intimate atmosphere. What more can I say? This was the VERY BEST dinner of our two week trip to Samara. I ordered the grilled shrimp limoncello and had creme brulee for dessert. The house white wine was not my favorite, but as the conversation with our friends flowed, I didn't seem to mind, and ordered a... More 

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Thank LBrand22
San José
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40 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food is not bad, but I expected better, the pasta I ordered was just ok, kind of plane, the service was really slow and a little overpriced.

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Thank jso21
Montreal, Canada
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125 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Ma Ma Gui is one of the best restaurant in Samara. We went there twice for dinner. The first time we had pasta with shrimp and cherry tomatoes and almond dorada. Both were extremely good. We shared the deconstructed tiramisu for dessert, pure heaven! The second time, we had tuna carpaccio for starters, marlin sashimi and shrimp limoncello for main... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Banco National Main Road, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
  • Phone Number: 26562347

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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