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“a gem in the middle of nowhere” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurant Laguna Mar

Restaurant Laguna Mar
Hotel Laguna Mar | Javilla, Playa San Miguel, Costa Rica
2655-8181
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Price range: $20 - $50
Cuisines: International, Central American, Bar, Bistro
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Full Service Restaurant Y Lounge 7 Days a week Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner - Bocas - Deserts and Snacks. Full Bar
Marinette, Wisconsin
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“a gem in the middle of nowhere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

On Sunday Jan 6, 2013 we visited the restaurant for dinner- everything was 1/2 price-- it should not have been. it was one of the best meals any of our group of 6, including 4 from the USA and two ticos have ever had.

The owner Drew was our waiter and the Chef Pablo visited us to describe each course, make suggestions and get critique.

This was a delight that was very well worth the 30 minute drive from Punta Islita.

This experience was 5 star in every respect

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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El Porvenir, Costa Rica
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“A delightful surprise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

I live in the area and was told about this new restaurant with a chef trained in Denmark. We went with family from the U.S. and we were pleasantly surprised at how good the food was at reasonable prices. The chef came to speak with us at our table and thanked us for coming. Everyone was very accommodating and the service was excellent. The restaurant and service is definitely a cut above the usual fare in the area and closer to what international travelers expect. A excellent choice for dinner!

Visited December 2012
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Kensington, Maryland
2 reviews
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“A culinary delight in pristine Costa Rica”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

In early December I spent a week at the Hotel Laguna Mar with three other friends and we were thrilled by the meals, which I would easily rate as five star. Trained in Denmark and Italy, Chef Pablo prepared the most delicious dishes enhancing the freshest ingredients (think sea bass caught that morning) with creative touches reflecting a combination of his Costa Rican background and high end culinary training. (See photos below). Like many of his fellow countrymen, Chef Pablo is charming. He greeted diners in the evening, inquiring about their tastes and describing his specials of the day, which he was willing to modify based on individual preferences or food allergies. While the food is high end, the atmosphere is casual and relaxed with many guests stopping by each other's tables to chat. Expats in the area fill up the bar seating as well, and dinner is a long, relaxing affair punctuated by laughter. Even if you're not staying at the hotel, I'd highly recommend making time for dinner here. You won't be disappointed! And you might even make some new friends.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Worcester, Massachusetts
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“Laguna Mar Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

My friends and I spent a week at Hotel Laguna Mar in December. We experienced many wonderful things especially the FANTASTIC food prepared by Chef Pablo. The food was the BEST I have ever had! It is a long winter here in New England and even longer now missing the warm weather, beautiful beaches and scrumptious food.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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North Providence, Rhode Island
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“Can't get Chef Pablo's food anywhere else in the world!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

The food at Restaurant Laguna Mar is by far the best food I've had anywhere. If I could have taken the chef, Pablo, home, I would have. He was able to extract flavors that you could not have imagined. I don't really like to eat fish, mainly because most fish I've tried taste, well, fishy. However, Pablo's fish actually tasted very good! The whole staff was attentive and friendly. Chef Pablo makes you feel like you are the most important guest there.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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