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Il Giardino

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Italian, Pizza, Seafood, International
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Beachfront, 100 mt East from Pubblic Pier, Puerto Jimenez 60702, Costa Rica
506 2 735 51 29
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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...
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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Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Scenic view
Entertaining clients
Dining on a budget

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 93
    Excellent
  • 33
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Excellent Cuisine, View, and Service

My wife and I sat at a waterside table and feasted upon a dinner of homemade pumpkin-rosemary infused ravioli, spaghetti, and more. This is authentic Italian soul food crafted by the touch of a master chef. The food was extremely flavorful and well prepared, the view was serene and expansive, and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
elcamara
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Asheville, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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146 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Asheville, North Carolina
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

My wife and I sat at a waterside table and feasted upon a dinner of homemade pumpkin-rosemary infused ravioli, spaghetti, and more. This is authentic Italian soul food crafted by the touch of a master chef. The food was extremely flavorful and well prepared, the view was serene and expansive, and the waiter was an attentive, very intelligent young man... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We had been eating here many times...best fish and seafood in Puerto Jimenez! The meat is also amazing...and the menu is so wide that will satisfy any taste!!!

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

The food is fresh and prepared well for being in the jungle. They have brick ovens and make good pizza. Some times they get crowded and the service is slow. So if you go early it`s better.

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Merrimac, WI
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

I, with the help of this establishment, have uncovered a flaw in the TA evaluation process. There are no negatives on the rating scale. Therefore, in order to provide a review, I have to give a rating of 1 and this overstates the quality of our experience. It is a long story but necessary to convey the frustration our group... More 

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IlGiardinoPJ, Manager at Il Giardino, responded to this review

Yes, the customer is right, I have to answer to this review, and it is the second time I have to deal with somebody that is complaining for the same plate that , at this time, at least thousands of other guests found “ great”....it is weird that this year we have this “ wave” of self proclaiming gourmands with... More 

Lausanne, Switzerland
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

This is a nice restaurant, not the least expensive, but food quality is excellent and the nice table right next to the see are very nice !

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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

The best pizza in Costa Rica. If you will be in Puerto Jimenez OSA peninsula on your way to Corcovado you must visit this restaurant!!delicious pizza, generous owner, beautiful , wonderful view of Golfo Dulche.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We had an average diner at this place. The menu is almost a book, so many different meals. In my opinion a restaurant cannot serve 50 dishes perfectly. We had a lasagna which was quite tasteless and a pizza which was okay but not very nice. The seating outside is attractively and feels welcome. The service is okay. Not the... More 

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Franschhoek, South Africa
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

My pork chop was well-cooked but utterly tasteless and they'd cut off the fat for some reason. Then they ran out of cold wine and when we ordered crepe suzette they said they hadn't had time to prepare the mixture!! I almost offered to make it myself. Even an infant could do that in a few minutes. By far the... More 

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IlGiardinoPJ, Manager at Il Giardino, responded to this review

We don’t add any artificial season or colour, we use the most natural meats and ingredients, we don’t cut corners during the preparation of our plates, we don’t trick with the times needed for to prepare our plates. Here again the demonstration that it is impossible to fit the taste of everybody....I am sorry if this Guest found the Chop... More 

Belize Cayes, Belize
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

I stayed twice one week in 2013 and 2014 and was always well received in Giulio house inside the restaurant where the rooms are , onthe mangrove. Rooms are simple, Clean and have all the necessities(bathroom , a/c , internet ). Food at the restaurant is excellent especially lomito and fish. the view is nice, on the beach and the... More 

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Sandnes, Norway
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

As we stayed with Giulio's, we had the opportunity to enjoy our dinner at Il Giardino for two different days as well as our breakfasts. We appreciated different pastas, preferably the seafood ones. We enjoyed fish directly from the grill, served with vegetables. Our impression was that they presented a beautiful mixture of Italian - Costa Rican "cuisine"!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Beachfront, 100 mt East from Pubblic Pier, Puerto Jimenez 60702, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Osa Peninsula  >  Puerto Jimenez
  • Phone Number: 506 2 735 51 29

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 15
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Seafood, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget

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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