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“A one of a kind experience - best meal you can get” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mario's Cuisine

Mario's Cuisine
Playa Hermosa Guanacaste, First Entrance to the Beach | 300 Mts From the Main Road Towards the Beach, Playa Hermosa 1000, Costa Rica
+506 5705 1645
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Seafood, Fusion, Healthy, Costa Rican
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Private Dining, Reservations
Description: We are a Costarrican family, who love to receive people from around the world for a unique dining experience in Costa Rica. My husband Mario, a Chef for 18 years now, learned his cuisine from Old School International Chef's and from there he created his own Fusion style cuisine, who he really felt identify with. This type of Cuisine its only possible with fresh ingredients of the day, from the salad to the seafood, everything its carefully chosen on a daily basis and from scratch prepare with passion into explosive delicious flavors to the palate. Everyday we create and serve a 4 course dinner in our terrace, where you can also enjoy the breeze, the stars and the beautiful magic of Guanacaste in an intimate ambiance. We required reservations in advance.
Springboro, Ohio
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“A one of a kind experience - best meal you can get”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

This is a true delight! You meet a wonderful couple and eat the best meal of your life. Mario makes a fabulous dinner using the freshest ingredients. We ate fish caught earlier that day, had a ginger soup that i will never forget and could have lived on his fish cake forever. We were so stuffed but still managed to find room for his specially prepared birthday dessert! My only recommendation, don't eat all day befor you go. If you are near playa hermosa this is a must. Our kids loved making new friends with their kids. A night I won't soon forget

  • Visited August 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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“Best night we had in Costa Rica!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Erika found us on the beach our first morning there and had a reservation open that night and it set the whole tone for our vacation! They have a lovely home and we're so sweet, not to mention the food was AMAZING! If you are in the area it is a MUST!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Palm Harbor, Florida
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“The best dining experience in Costa Rica”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

We just returned from our visit with Erika and Mario and not only was it the best food you could imagine but the company was fantastic, Everything was fresh, fresh, fresh and the technique Mario exhibits should rank him as one of the top chefs in the country. The food was perfectly seasoned the the sauces were fantastic.

The atmosphere is unique as you are really not eating at a restaurant but being invited into their home and being made part of the family. I can truly say that we made some friends and will be returning as often as possible for additional doses of both friendship and the best food in Costa Rica.

  • Visited August 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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New Westminster, Canada
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“Once again a fabulous meal!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

I love Costa Rica so much that I went back there again last week and just had to visit Mario's Cuisine in Playa Hermosa and once again was not disappointed! Mario is such a fantastic chef. He prepared fish for dinner that he personally caught that day. Can you imagine how fresh that is?! And everything with it was so delicious! Mario, Ericka and their kids are lovely people and so welcoming and friendly. I feel like part of the family now! I hope to see them again real soon.

  • Visited August 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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Princeton, New Jersey
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“If you are in Costa Rica - make it a point to dine with Mario and Erika”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

Mario and Erika, without a doubt, have the best dining experience in Costa Rica. However, they bring so much more to the table than amazing food: they bring friendship and warmth.

As a former chef, I can say with confidence that you won't eat a more interesting meal in all of Guanacaste - and perhaps the entire country. Mario's technique is cutting edge, yet his flavors are soulful and draw from a variety of traditional Costa Rican flavors (with a twist). Moreover, Mario's cooking is very healthy - something very hard to accomplish. Cooking with a lot of fat and sugar/salt is easy... anything can become tasty. Mario, on the other hand, makes magic out of diverse and nutritive ingredients.

Beyond the food, Mario and Erika shared with my friends and I the best conversation we have had in a long time... and that is REALLY amazing considering we just met each other. While I cannot say when the next time we will all be in CR is.... I can say we left CR with two great new friends: Mario and Erika.

I hope they make it to the US some day so we can return the favor :)

- Justin/Erin/Andrew

p.s. seriously- don't miss the place.... you've made a bad decision if you pass up this opportunity.

  • Visited July 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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