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Lemon Zest Restaurant

El Jardin Plaza, Jaco 4023, Costa Rica
506 26432591
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Ranked #8 of 91 restaurants in Jaco
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $0 - $24
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Located in the heart of Main street in Jaco, Costa Rica.
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Spartanburg, South Carolina
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Went there on a Tuesday night with a group of seven. The food was some of the best that I have had in quite a while. The server was as good as you will find. I had snook which was fabulous, and others had steak and tuna. We had appetizers and desert and the entire meal was great. I can't... More

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New Jersey
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140 reviews 140 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Based on our appetizer of duck confit and main dishes of coconut shrimp and ahi tuna, the chefs at this restaurant know how to cook. Although not cheap, prices are very reasonable for the high quality of the food. You'd have to expect that restaurants with food this good would be very crowded and it was. But what we didn't... More

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Leonardtown, Maryland
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41 reviews 41 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

A wonderful family dinner! The specials were described in detail by the host/server John. We had two very fresh and unique salads to begin, our kids shared the fried mozzarella!. All was super tasty! My husband had the lobster francaise and it was one of the best lobster dinners he has ever had! I had the chicken special (fantastic), one... More

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New York City, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Diner for four, 4 sodas, 3 appetizers 4 main course no deserts $121 - we are from New York, we eat out great food 4 times a week and it is usually less than that - fish was ok, steak was a good piece of meat but everything around the fish or meat was just swimming in sauce and it... More

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Montville, New Jersey
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

Went to Lemon Zest to celebrate a special occasion, and it certainly was special! The atmosphere is cozy and comfortable. The service was beyond outstanding. Our server rattled off a long list of specials without missing a beat, and it seemed like he was enjoying the deliciousness of the food as he was describing it. You can tell these people... More

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Los Altos, CA
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51 reviews 51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We've been to Lemon Zest before, so had to return on this trip. We ate there all three nights we were in Jaco. Richard has a way with duck, and uses very interesting flavor combinations. Who ever head of usign ground green peppercorns in dessert? Richard has. Service is great (John's terrific), and each night their specials are surprising and... More

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Jacó, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

A good menu with different specials and great service always. Not the cheapest place but well worth the price for special occasions. Enjoy myself every time I go.

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Overbrook, Kansas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Went to L Z based on rec. of locals. Excellent pasta, Syrah and Pinot noir. Great service and fun watching the people go by from the 2nd floor terrace. Met the chef as we were leaving and it's easy to believe that he owned an award-winning restaurant in Florida before he moved to CR to become a "surfer-chef-bum". What good... More

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Delray Beach, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Food was outstanding! Owners chef Richard and Nellie are the best! They and John really give you that personal touch. A must for Dinner when in Jaco Costa Rica. Cheers!

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San Diego
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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Went last night after a beautiful sunset in Jaco beach. We arrived for our reservation we were seated without delay we had a round of drinks as our waiter described the extensive list of chef specials. My wife had the fresh Corvina, and I had the Duck. Every bit of this meal was superb the fish was fresh and perfectly... More

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