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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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  • 9
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  • 6
    Very good
  • 5
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  • 3
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  • 0
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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
Most recent review
Best meal I ever had at a resort/hotel!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
CandJF
via mobile
Good for:
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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English first
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW 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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Toronto, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

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 

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This was our second time at this restaurant, the first time was 2 years ago! We had another great experience tonight. The service and food were top notch! Ask for Wilbert, he's the best. We had a great surf and turf meal and they were very accommodating to all of our needs. We'll see you again....hopefully soon!

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AZ
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We loved the food, but it took about 2-3 hours for dinner. We really don't like to sit that long. Ambiance was great and the servers were good. Just makes for a long evening.

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GM_JWGuanacaste, General Manager at Sabanero Steakhouse, responded to this review

Dear Ifarmwife, I am pleased to know that you loved the food and liked the service received from our staff during your visit. I would like to let you know that we are taking actions to improve our service in all our areas and give our guest the best experience. I am also checking why your dinner service took that... More 

New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

The staff there was incredible nice and knowledgeable. We ate there twice during our stay. The waiters were incredibly attentive and knowledgeable. The food was amazing. Great wine selection.

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Long Beach, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

The steaks were man size not kid size! The Ribeye was cooked to order and delicious just looking at it. Gluten free bread and gluten free deserts were a welcome surprise for our guests. Excellent customer service!

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Hernando, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Better variety then other restaurants in The resort. The Costa Rican grass fed beef was a good choice.

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New York City, New York
Top Contributor
125 reviews 125 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I had the local tenderloin, my daughter had the chicken. Each meal was well presented, delicious, appetizer salads were nice size. Staff is most pleasant, attention to detail. Dined there twice. Bonus: 15% off bill for marriott platinum members

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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Hands down the BEST service and food at the resort and surrounding area. We were lavished with some of the most delicious food, jumbo shrimp appetizers, Costa Rican style steaks cooked to perfection, and delicious chocolate dessert. We could not have been happier to end our trip with this meal!

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New York, New York
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160 reviews 160 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Enjoyed a special dinner here with a nice wine list - be careful of the up-sell on the wine special bottle. We ordered both the Angus beef and Costa Rican which the waiter correctly described as juicy but not as tender as Angus. Delicious bread brought to our table and apps were good - enjoyed the sauce the mussels were... 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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