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Marlin Bill's

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Seafood, Continental, Contemporary, Family Fare
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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
Reservations
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 38
    Excellent
  • 34
    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
Most recent review
Pretty bad food and service

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.

2 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
Eileen M
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Anaheim Hills, California, United States
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Scenic view
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Anaheim Hills, California, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

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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San Jose, Costa Rica
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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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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Denver, Colorado
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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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Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 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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Beaufort, SC
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42 reviews 42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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Pô, Sanguie, Burkina Faso
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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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Tallahassee, Florida, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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 

Milwaukee WI
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We had an excellent meal at Marlin Bill's! The pork chop and mashed potatoes was incredible. They have a TAP, not many places in C.R. have tap beer so this was quite refreshing. Pet the cats too but careful, they'll let you know when they've had enough.

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

Hola! We're so glad you enjoyed your pork chop and mashed potatoes! We've been told the potatoes are addictive, but you'll have to come back to decide that for yourself. (ha) We're also glad you were happy with the beer on tap! It is somewhat unique, so it's fun for us to have that to offer to our guests. As... 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, Continental, Contemporary, Family Fare

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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?