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“Fantastic beach restaurant/bar on the beach” 5 of 5 stars
Review of El Lagarto

El Lagarto
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Ranked #13 of 49 Restaurants in Playa Samara
Cuisines: Barbecue, Costa Rican
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Good for: Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations
Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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“Fantastic beach restaurant/bar on the beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2009

Friendly staff, excellent food and atmosphere. Great view of the pacific with ocean breeze.

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  • Italian first
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  • Turkish first
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English first
Toronto, Canada
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48 reviews 48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Touristy but Great Steak”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2009

We found the atmosphere too upscale american for our tastes, but the BBQ steak and vegetables were excellent. For the quality, the $15 price was good.
It is located north of the main street, up the beach past the language school.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chicago, IL
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Top Notch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2009

I was recently at El Lagarto with my family and were pleasantly surprised. The food was out of this world--we had the jumbo shrimp and and the tenderloin. Our kids ate everything on their plates for the first time since we were in CR. The waitresses were very friendly and attentive. The grill is unlike any grill we had seen--it's like a volcano. We'd go back tonight if it wasn't a 6 hour flight away!

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“Best food in Samara Beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2009

We had a lovely dinner at El Lagarto, the food is amazing! We both had the surf and turf along with grilled mussels and a nice bottle of wine. Service was great, food was fantastic! Highly, highly reccomend! Prices are reasonable and you get alot of value for your $$. The tables and chairs are a very cool, funky carved wood. It's very, very close to the beach and the ambiance is fabulous.

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Denver
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Best food in Costa Rica”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2008

I love the Ticos, however, most prefer their meat cooked REALLY well done. As a girl from Texas, I prefer my meat cooked to order (and usually rare!)

During our three day stay in Samara, we ate at El Lagarto TWICE because it was that good. We enjoyed our meal the first time so much, that the second night we ordered the exact same thing! We started with several appetizers, but our favorite was the grilled portabella mushrooms with cheese. For dinner, my boyfriend ate the Surf & Turf, and I feasted on the Veggie Plate (zucchini, tomatoes, egg plant, mushrooms, and a baked potato.)

Jorge, the owner, is also one of the BBQers (along with his business partner)....they understand and appreciate a good cut of meat! Jorge is also one of the nicest locals we met! Make sure to buy him a glass of red wine when you visit and ask him for other recommendations for things to do/see while in Costa Rica! :)

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