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JW Marriott Gunacaste Resort & Spa | Hacienda Pinilla, Santa Cruz, Costa Rica
506-2681-2000
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Meal

This was our last dinner meal before we pack up and leave. I have to say all the restaurants in the resort has been excellent and we saved the best for last. We had a magnitude of servers. We had a special called Carne Fiesta. I was a huge steak platter with four different cuts. My wife and I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Ron B
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was our last dinner meal before we pack up and leave. I have to say all the restaurants in the resort has been excellent and we saved the best for last. We had a magnitude of servers. We had a special called Carne Fiesta. I was a huge steak platter with four different cuts. My wife and I shared.... More 

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Thank Ron B
Erie, Colorado
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I booked a last minute dinner here. The meal was absolutely incredible, (and I can't believe they even had openings)! The waiter, David, was amazing. He was personable, knowledgeable, and you could tell he had a lot of pride in what he was doing as well as the chef he was representing. We started the meal by... More 

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Thank AandAKlein
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015 via mobile

Here for a conference and ate here TWICE. First night, followed a bad steak at the other hotel restaurant, so was a bit leery, but the filet was SO tender. Crab stuffed mashed potatoes were an interesting twist. Would've liked a bigger portion but... Lobster was incredibly tender. The signature after dinner drink was tasty (reminiscent of a cinnamon schnapps).... More 

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Thank David B
Redlands, California
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

The service was excellent. Not only were they able to provide gluten free food but served gluten free bread and prepared my dinner with care. Often I have to be thankful that I am receiving GF food, however they made my food interesting and appetizing.

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Thank Intrepid M
Monclova, Ohio
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

We sat at the bar and we were waited on by the bartender who was very knowledgeable about the menu and drinks. We arrived at 7:30pm and there were only two tables of patrons. We were the last guests to arrive. The Marriott has a crazy policy that you cannot book a time between 7-8 pm.. yet with an occupancy... More 

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Thank David S
Katy
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

The atmosphere was acceptable and the overall service was good. No real complaints with the food other than the steaks were tougher than expected for a filet.

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Thank Ppcdslp
GM_JWGuanacaste, Manager at Sabanero Steakhouse, responded to this review

Dear Ppcdslp, I am glad to know that liked our service and I hope you have enjoyed the resort. On the other hand I regret to hear that your experience at Sabanero was not what you expected. Sabanero is one of the best restaurants in the area and is also one of the favorite for our guests. We hope to... More 

Melbourne Australia
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121 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015 via mobile

So where to start? I will start by telling you I couldn't fault this restaurant at all. We were greeted warmly at the door and shown to our table and then introduced to our server, Estefano. We received complimentary bread and a very tasty little soup sample. My husband had a steak and I had the lamb racks. Both were... More 

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Thank Colourqueen
Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 via mobile

Food was mediocre and service started out slow. The restaurant had a great atmosphere, but food was just ok.

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Thank Sandy S
GM_JWGuanacaste, Manager at Sabanero Steakhouse, responded to this review

Dear Sandy S, I regret your experience at our Sabanero Restaurant was not satisfactory. We have taking corrective actions to improve our service and we are reviewing our menu also. It would be very helpful for us if you could let us know what exactly did not like you so we can work on it. Thank you very much Sandy... More 

Charleston, South Carolina
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

I'll have to say I was a bit skeptical of a steakhouse in this region of CR, thinking the meat would be tough because of the arid climate, etc. My wife and I both had the Costa Rican cuts of meat (which are signifantly cheaper), and they were both excellent. It's one of the better steaks I've ever had, and... More 

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Thank adamj2281
GM_JWGuanacaste, Manager at Sabanero Steakhouse, responded to this review

Dear Mr. Adamj2281 I am so glad to know how much you enjoyed your dinner experience trying our domestic beef steaks, all of steaks orders are served with the three steaks sauces and 5 different around the world sea salts or salt bar which are just a nice touch as you mention, in many cases people enjoy them, but the... More 

Simi Valley, California
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35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

It was our last night at the JW Marriott in Guanacasta , Costa Rica and my husband and I decided to try the Steakhouse. We arrived a little early and the manager, Armando ( I believe ) greeted us warmly. Instead of having one of the waiters seat us he took us to our table and told us about the... More 

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Thank Luv2converse
GM_JWGuanacaste, Manager at Sabanero Steakhouse, responded to this review

Dear Mrs. Luv2converse; Thank you a lot for your great comment, I’m glad to know that you enjoyed your dinner and my recommendations. Our onion bread is the favorite of all our clients and ones the everybody tried they loved like you. Once again thanks you Mrs. Luv2converse for share your dinner experience with us and when you have a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: JW Marriott Gunacaste Resort & Spa | Hacienda Pinilla, Santa Cruz, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: 506-2681-2000

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  • Cuisine: Steakhouse

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