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Marlin Bill's

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Seafood, Contemporary, Family Fare, Continental
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Next to Coconut Harry's Surf Shop | Diagonally across from Cafe de Paris, Nosara, Costa Rica
2682 0458
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: In business since 1994, Marlin Bill's offers guests of our open-air dining...
In business since 1994, Marlin Bill's offers guests of our open-air dining room panoramic views of Guiones, the ocean, and Costa Rica's world-famous sunsets, along with mouth-watering options from our eclectic menu of choice steaks, chops, fresh seafood, family fare, and dreamy desserts. Daily food and drink specials, and our ability to cater to large parties, make Marlin Bill's beloved by both visitors and locals.
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Good for:
Large groups
Scenic view

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Visitor rating
  • 38
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good Lunch

We stopped in at Marlin Bill's upon arrival in Nosara. Staff was fantastic, service was terrific, and food was very good, and very large portions. Sadly, there were so many other places to choose from, we didn't make it back this time, but we'll see you again next time we're in Nosara.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
Sharon C
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Sherwood Park, Canada
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Scenic view
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Sherwood Park, Canada
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We stopped in at Marlin Bill's upon arrival in Nosara. Staff was fantastic, service was terrific, and food was very good, and very large portions. Sadly, there were so many other places to choose from, we didn't make it back this time, but we'll see you again next time we're in Nosara.

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Orange County, California
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Just on the main road, I'm sure they get a lot of people stopping in due to location. I've been here three times and have not had a good experience. From the food to the service . . . nothing good to say.

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MarlinBills, Guest Relations Manager at Marlin Bill's, responded to this review

Hola, Eileen, I'm so sorry your experience with us wasn't positive. We pride ourselves on our food and service, and to hear that we were less than successful distresses us! If you had brought your problems to our attention while you were here, we would have done everything possible to make things right! As it is, if you'll come back... More 

San Jose, Costa Rica
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

We went with friends who live near the restaurant. They raved about the food and suggested my wife order the tuna and I the chicken parmesan. My wife liked the tuna though she said she has often had better. The chicken parmesan was not even average yet my friend continued to rave about it. Perhaps I had a cold or... More 

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MarlinBills, Guest Relations Manager at Marlin Bill's, responded to this review

Hola, James! We're so sorry your experience with us wasn't the exceptional one we want for every visitor. We never like to learn we had an "off" night. I wish you had let us know about your experience while you were there so we could have done everything possible to make it right, because we certainly would have tried! We... More 

Toronto
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015 via mobile

After walking up and down the Main Street of Guiones, to our surprise everything was closed and dark at 6:30! (Tuesday night but still) then at the top of the hill, desperately needing a beer, lights lead us up another hill and stairs to Marlin Bill's. Our server was super friendly and polite, made a few recommendations and within minutes... More 

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MarlinBills, Guest Relations Manager at Marlin Bill's, responded to this review

Hola, Ruthy! We're so glad we could be your oasis in the "desert" of Guiones! We're also happy to know you were pleased with our food, our service, AND our value! We try to give our guests a satisfying experience, and it's always great to learn that we're meeting our own (high) standards. Come on back when you can! As... More 

Denver, Colorado
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We had a great time at Marlin Bills. Solid fish dish. Simple with veggies and rice hit the spot. Our waitress, Angie, is the bomb. She gets 5 stars. Thanks guys.

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MarlinBills, Guest Relations Manager at Marlin Bill's, responded to this review

Hola, Colorado Crew! We're glad you had such a good time with us, and especially with Angie! We agree, she's the bomb, but we'll make sure she knows you reminded us. We're also glad you enjoyed your food, and that it, "...hit the spot." We love happy guests, and we hope you'll visit us, again, when you can! Until then,... More 

Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

nice place at the top of the hill, very good service and good food. We liked the seared tuna and the burgers were good.

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MarlinBills, Guest Relations Manager at Marlin Bill's, responded to this review

Hola! We're glad you enjoyed our visit with us! We pride ourselves on our service, as well as our food, so it's nice to learn we lived up to the expectations we have for ourselves! We're also glad you enjoyed the seared tuna and our burgers. Our burgers are a favorite among locals, as well as visitors, and the seared... More 

Beaufort, SC
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Took our catch of the day in, they cooked it anyway we chose. Fish fingers and dipping sauce were awesome. Great service. Good food. The plus to our visit was the personality and friendliness of our server, I think she was Australian. Wish we would have explored further, learned later they had a dart room in the bar. The only... More 

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MarlinBills, Guest Relations Manager at Marlin Bill's, responded to this review

Hola! We're glad you enjoyed your visit with us, and that we could help you enjoy your fresh catch! We love to enhance our visitors' experience in Playa Guiones, and cooking your fresh catch just the way you want it is something we love to do! We're also glad you had a good time with your server. We love our... More 

Pô, Sanguie, Burkina Faso
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

I've rated this as "one of the best meals I've ever had in a restaurant," which isn't quite true. But I will say that the Dorado fish sandwich is one of the best fish sandwiches that I've ever had at a beach resort in any country . . . and I've been to a lot of beach restaurants. Top it... More 

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MarlinBills, Guest Relations Manager at Marlin Bill's, responded to this review

Hola, Kathy! We are thrilled that you had such a good experience with us! We're also pretty humbled to find out that you enjoyed your time with us so much, you drove from Samara TWICE during the rainy season! We're flattered by that, and EXTREMELY appreciative! We pride ourselves on all our food, but our fish sandwich and our burgers... More 

Tallahassee, Florida, United States
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This place is at the top of the hill, literally. Same as everything in Nosara, it isn't the cheapest but the food was pretty good. The selection of specials and menu items is very broad so I am sure there will be something for everyone. We had fresh Tuna, chicken parmesan, and a pork chop. All were above average with... More 

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MarlinBills, Guest Relations Manager at Marlin Bill's, responded to this review

Hola! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit with us, as well as the variety of food options we offer! We like to think we have something for everyone, and it's nice to hear that you agree. We're also thrilled that you describe your tuna as "excellent." Our fresh tuna is a specialty on which we pride ourselves, so it's... More 

Daytona Beach, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

By far the best seared Tuna I've ever had! Ate there several times while in the area and all the food was outstanding as well as the service. Lots of friendly people who frequent the restaurant too.

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MarlinBills, Guest Relations Manager at Marlin Bill's, responded to this review

Hola, Lori! We're so glad you enjoyed your seared tuna! That has become one of our signature dishes, so we're always happy to hear that we continue to do it well! We're also happy you enjoyed our food and service enough to visit us more than once during your stay! That's one of the best compliments you can give the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Next to Coconut Harry's Surf Shop | Diagonally across from Cafe de Paris, Nosara, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Nosara
  • Phone Number: 2682 0458

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 25
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary, Family Fare, Continental

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Scenic view

Description

In business since 1994, Marlin Bill's offers guests of our open-air dining room panoramic views of Guiones, the ocean, and Costa Rica's world-famous sunsets, along with mouth-watering options from our eclectic menu of choice steaks, chops, fresh seafood, family fare, and dreamy desserts. Daily food and drink specials, and our ability to cater to large parties, make Marlin Bill's beloved by both visitors and locals.
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?