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Il Giardino

Beachfront, 100 mt East from Pubblic Pier, Puerto Jimenez 60702, Costa Rica
506 2 735 51 29
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $7 - $15
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, Seafood, International
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Located on the Ocean drive Beach, we have some tables just on the water, for a scenic sunset dinner with candlelight and Soft Eclectic Music. it is more than 14 years that Il GIardino is rising the bar of the quality of Food, Service and Ambient, establishing the comparative mark for local and not local restaurant. This Year we started serving, first in town ever, GRILLED WHOLE FISH AND ITALIAN STYLE " FIORENTINA " STEAK, obtaining great appreciation from our Guests. We try to use, the most is possible, local products for our plates, and we, as always, produce our homemade Pasta and Bread, being, again, the only one in this. We utilize only Local Farmer Meat, that we season following the Old Italian Tradition from Toscana and Piemonte, and we prepare it on the Grill, just in front of our Guests. Our BANANA-BOMBA dessert is an unique creation of us, and somebody says that "...it is the Tiramisu' of future!!" The Fresh Fruit drinks we prepare and the Cocktails are always made with fresh fruit and no prefabricated mix are involved in them. We are the Culinary experience you are looking for in the OSA!!
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89% Recommend
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Calgary, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

The food, service and ambiance in this place is not bad. The bread, as many reviewers mention, is great. And the music is cool too. The heart of palm salad is very fresh and tasty. However, the shrimp starter is too small and a bit boring. I would have rated this place higher if they didn't charge an extra fee... More

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IlGiardinoPJ, Manager at Il Giardino, responded to this review

Yes, we agree, we have something to improve....it is more than 14 years that we are improving all the possible we can, but a lot is still to do.....because we will never be satisfied of what we do, despite hundred of positive to enthusiast reviews and comments everywhere in the web and traditional guides. One thing that we have to... More

Cleveland, Ohio
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We stayed at Giulio's B&B for 8 nights and could not bring ourselves to have evening meals anywhere but Il Giardino's. Giulio is truly an outstanding chef & his tasty, creative dishes delight your palate without fail! You would expect to find someone with his culinary skills somewhere in the heart of Italy or at a 5-star resort, not in... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

wow what a place. first location is wonderful. overlooking the golfito. open air restaurant with herbs and what have u growing all around u with wonderful scents. you want real Italian food u got and good food takes time to cook so don't be in a hurry. We had the lasagna one night never had anything like it. u taste... More

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Boquete, Panama
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Wow! We just enjoyed a scrumptious meal at Il Giardino and give it our highest recommendation! The atmosphere is relaxed and very comfortable and clean, and the staff was very friendly and attentive. We thoroughly enjoyed spaghetti and homemade pumpkin ravioli - unique and scrumptious! Also the homemade rosemary bread melts in your mouth as did the marvelous dessert we... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Il Giardino is a wonderful place to stay... Puerto Jiménez is a great little place in nature, a little paradise in Costa Rica ! Two steps from the water where you can swim and kayaking everyday with a lot of fish, birds and dolphins. Giulio and his family are very nice, helpful, welcoming and warm ! You are at two... More

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Nederland, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

We booked a room in the back of Il Giardino and ate at the restaurant several nights in addition to having continental breakfast included with the room. It is an interesting place with a wonderful location near the public pier and view of the water with all the activity that provides. There are several tables across the road at the... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

I stayed at the B & B attached to the restaurant for four days/three nights. It was a great experience due to the restaurant being connected. This meant that the included breakfasts were with fresh home-made bread, local jams and a large assortment of fruit. Due to the location of being able to dine next to the sea, I eat... More

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San Jose, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

I stayed at Il Giardino (they have 4 rooms in the back and I booked through AirBnB) and ate there for the two nights I stayed in Puerto Jimenez. The room was clean and had everything you need to be comfortable. Especially after doing that hike out of Corcovado, Air Conditioning was such a treat to have. I would definitely... More

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Tucson, Arizona
20 reviews 20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

We found the food to be wonderful. The heart of palm salads are delicious and fresh, the seafood dishes are excellent, and the ravioli were perfect. The prices may be higher than other restaurants in the area, but you get what you pay for! We ate here on two different evenings and would go back again.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Ate there a few times,really good food and atmosphere,specially the tables that are outside next to the beach.Great view!!

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