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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

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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
The well thought out gem of the Marriot Gunacaste Resort & Spa

My wife and I recently dined here and found the service to be of the highest order. The food was also of the upper end of quality with fantastic presentation. Estefano was our guide/waiter through this wonderful experience. His input was of the utmost help.How good was this restaurant? The next... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
John M
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Spring City, Pennsylvania
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Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW 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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Charleston, South Carolina
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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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
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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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 

Spring City, Pennsylvania
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

My wife and I recently dined here and found the service to be of the highest order. The food was also of the upper end of quality with fantastic presentation. Estefano was our guide/waiter through this wonderful experience. His input was of the utmost help.How good was this restaurant? The next evening we chose it again for our final meal... More 

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GM_JWGuanacaste, Manager at Sabanero Steakhouse, responded to this review

Dear Mr. John M, Thank you so much for your comment, I’m glad to find you enjoy yours dinner experience with us both night, our chef and kitchen staff work hard to keep our dishes presentations top notch, Estefano it great host and he perfectly know what to recommends to gives greats experiences like yours. Once again thanks you Mr... More 

Charleston, SC
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

I consider myself a Foodie and my husband and I live in an area that is known for high end farm to table restaurants and great food, so we are particular! Sabanero was one of the best meals I've ever eaten. Our waiter, Estefano, was entertaining and very knowledgeable about the menu. We ordered Salmon Carpaccio for our appetizer. It... More 

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GM_JWGuanacaste, Manager at Sabanero Steakhouse, responded to this review

Dear Mrs. Misspriss82; Is rewarding to see how great you enjoyed your dinner experience with us, Thank a lot for your special comment and your way to recognition Estefano’s service, he is usually comment about his great aptitude and professional quality of service and once again will be acclaimed in public for that. Ours 4 diferents carpaccios are usually very... More 

Denver, CO
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 via mobile

We enjoyed a great meal last night at Sabanero! The chorizo appetizer is a must try! We enjoyed 2 perfectly cooked ribeyes and the sauces they served with them were a nice addition. Having the sea salt sampler really added a nice touch, I was surprised how much each influenced the taste of the beef. Dessert was the perfect finish... More 

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GM_JWGuanacaste, Manager at Sabanero Steakhouse, responded to this review

Dear Bren4770, Personally I want to thank you for your comments, it is very pleasant to know how you enjoyed your dinner in our steak house, our Chori-Pan as you enjoyed and mentioning is one of our guest favorite appetizer, sea salts served with the steaks is another enjoyable experience to everyone who visit us too. As a Steak House... More 

Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We ate at this restaurant one evening while staying at the JW Marriott. Both of us had the domestic-cut filet mignon, which was well seasoned and cooked perfectly to our liking. Since we were on somewhat of a budget, neither of us were planning to get a side, which were priced separately on the menu for about $6-7 each. When... More 

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GM_JWGuanacaste, Manager at Sabanero Steakhouse, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you so much for your feedback and my sincere apologies for your feeling of deception in our restaurant service; I used to resolve issues when it happened. We have taken corrective actions to prevent this kind of situations with our future guests. Once again thanks a lot for your comment, this help us to be focused on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Food, atmosphere and food is exceptional. Estefano was our server and he was professional, attentive and funny. We ordered the shrimp cocktail as an appetizer and two steaks for dinner, the ribeye and NY Strip. Cooked to perfection. The chef came out and asked us how our steaks were cooked and the manager asked us how our meal was. We... More 

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GM_JWGuanacaste, Manager at Sabanero Steakhouse, responded to this review

Dear Mr. Tsidor is rewarding to see how much you enjoyed your dinner experience with us. Thank a lot for your special comment and your way to recognition to Estefano’s service, he is turning constant mentioning that he has great aptitude and professional quality of service, I will give him a high note for this. Your perfect way to describe... More 

Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 via mobile

i travel a lot, and this is the best meal I've ever had at a hotel. Had local steak, and it was served with 3 sauces and 5 different salts. Presentation and flavor wonderful and unique! Also had the octopus carpaccio which was incredible as well. My husbands salad was very fresh. Great experience! The only thing that could have... More 

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GM_JWGuanacaste, Manager at Sabanero Steakhouse, responded to this review

Dear Mr CandJF, Thank you so much for your comment, it is great to know you enjoyed your dinner in our Restaurant, our steak are our specialty so is why we really focus on prepare the steak cooking as you requested, served with the three steaks sauces and 5 different around the world sea salts that you enjoyed that night.... More 

Toronto, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Don't get your hopes up.... Kobe beef is not real Kobe beef, I found that the steak has a strange taste like its been marinated and my poor wife's jaw is still sore from chewing. The shrimp and salmon carpaccio appetizers were pretty good. The Rib eye was average and salty I told the waiter no salt, and they over... More 

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GM_JWGuanacaste, Manager at Sabanero Steakhouse, responded to this review

Dear Marcus0429, Thank you so much for your feedback and please accept my sincere apologies for your not pleasant experience at our Sabanero Steak House. Unfortunately our Kobe beef is a flat iron steak and is why is not that tender as ours beef tenderloin cut and depending of request cooking could turns tough, be sure there are no marinated... 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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Steakhouse

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