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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: Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, 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
Likely the best restaurant in Samara

Was in Samara for a week with my two teenage boys. We all loved this place. Great thin crust pizza and tasty pasta. Very fresh tomatoes & basil on the Caprese. Great service. We highly recommend. Food is fairly priced here but not cheap (you get what you pay for in CR).

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 8, 2015
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Mill Valley, California, United States
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Mill Valley, California, United States
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Was in Samara for a week with my two teenage boys. We all loved this place. Great thin crust pizza and tasty pasta. Very fresh tomatoes & basil on the Caprese. Great service. We highly recommend. Food is fairly priced here but not cheap (you get what you pay for in CR).

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Spalt, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

We had to come several times there, because the food was amazing. Ask for the tarta de piña (pineapple cake). It's so good, that I used a word I can't write here :-)

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San Rafael, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We had a great meal, just as delicious as anywhere on the beach. And with delicious, thin crust napolitano pizza for our boys, it became the best deal for our family of four. The owner knows his food and took the time to chat with us about what we like to eat. Alan, our server, just made it all that... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Everything seems perfect in this cute little spot, excellent food, friendly and prompt service, fare price and the relaxed atmosphere. My kids got hooked by the delicious thin crust pizza and by the Meatball Spaghetti, which i loved too! 5 stars for the special Marinated Ricciola Carpaccio!! The Sicilain Style Eggplant Cavatelli was just perfectly made, and my wife is... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We ate here last night and were so glad we did. Delicious real Italian food, not the average pizzas and sugary pastas we've had everywhere else in Central America. I had a Quattro stagioni pizza which was amazing, the base sauce was something else and it had proper mozzarella, not pre-grated cheddar. My partner had spaghetti and meatballs which were... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Ma ma qui is a Nice little pizzeria that offers great quality for a friendly price. Service was warm, very friendly and helpful. We went back for a second dinner and we're not disappointed.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

This food was fabulous. I gave 5 stars even though it is not on the beach! I am not crazy about the location because the road is busy. But the food is fabulous!

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

We had two great meals at Ma Ma Gui when visiting Samara and this last visit in June was no exception. Wonderful flatbread pizza, dessert and salads. Service was great! Don't miss it if you're staying in Samara or Carrillo.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

In Samara just down the street and across from the Pali grocery. Very good meal, sat outside at a table under the stars. Great food very casual and friendly

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Studying massage therapy in Samara, during rainy season. It would rain for weeks sometimes. Only Mama Gui with her goat cheese pizzas and carafes of wine could offer some relief to the gloomy mist that the rain extruded over our town and minds. Loved sitting under the overhang with a smoke and talking about life with a good friend. highly... 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: French, Pizza

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