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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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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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    Very good
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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
Best meal in Costa Rica

The best meal we've had for our entire 2 week stay in Costa Rica. Amazing homemade pasta by the chef owner himself. Great homemade raviolis , Everything was just perfect and made with love . If you're craving really great Italian food this is the place. Gerry Quinn

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
Gerry Q
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Scenic view
  • Dining on a budget
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The best meal we've had for our entire 2 week stay in Costa Rica. Amazing homemade pasta by the chef owner himself. Great homemade raviolis , Everything was just perfect and made with love . If you're craving really great Italian food this is the place. Gerry Quinn

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This is a restaurant with rooms to rent in the back. We stayed here for several nights while visiting Corcovado. The rooms are basic and the restaurant is excellent. We sat on the beach and watched the moon rise.

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Santiago
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Great food though a little on the pricey side, it's one of the more romantic places to go to in Puerto Jimenez - good for dates. Italian food and great service. On the waterfront! Highly recommend for a special occasion

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Pompano Beach, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We took fresh snapper to the restaurant and the chef prepared two different dishes. Both were excellent.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Entrees of Parma ham with Rosemary bread, & shrimps with Pesto salsa were delicious. unfortunately our mains not so satisfying. The smoked salmon white sauce pasta I had was terrible. Couldn't eat it. The redeeming point were the margarita cocktails. They were AMAZING. Better than any I have had- including Mexico. The perfect blend.

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IlGiardinoPJ, Owner at Il Giardino, responded to this review

Ok, this a classic example of a totally un-useful review....this person doesn't explain what did she found of " terrible" in the plate she ordered.....are more than 15 years that we prepare and serve, with great success, this plate, with some little change in the composition of the dough, adapting it to the availability of some ingredient, and the smoked... More 

Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Nice to eat a fresh fish straight from the golfe with good wine. Funny thing, the music very lounge is a french web radio... Julio and his staff are checking on your needs. Very good

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

It was a good experience to stay at il giardino. The food is good. The rooms ok, it may get a little noisy at night because of a nightclub that's close. Ask giulio to hook you up with the local fishermen for a little fishing tour. And if you're lucky enough to brink something back, giulio will perfectly cook it... More 

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Knesselare
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 via mobile

We spend 1 week in the Puerto Jiminez area and visited this nice Italian restaurant at least 5 times. It’s simply the place to be for fresh and delicious food & a correct service in Puerto Jiminez. Also a great place for keep hanging around after lunch. Having an iced coffee/beer, watching the bay… wonderful! Our favorite!!!

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Silver City, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at this restaurant. We first enjoyed a cold beer and then a delicious dinner! The view was really nice looking over the water. Yes, there was some traffic on the road but it wasn't a bother. The Scarlett macaws posed for pictures in the trees right next to the restaurant. The town reminds me of... More 

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Kortrijk, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Italian cuisine, great taste, You do not expect such a nice restaurant in this little harbor, where most of the tourist stay just one night and go to corcovado national park

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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: Doing business, Families with children, Scenic view, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic

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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