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“Delicious Food!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Casa Esmeralda

Casa Esmeralda
Samara Beach | 300 Mts. Oeste Correo Postal, Playa Samara 50205, Costa Rica
506 2656-0489
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Ranked #7 of 47 Restaurants in Playa Samara
Cuisines: Italian, Costa Rican, Central American
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dallas, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Delicious Food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

We absolutely loved the food here. It was one of the best meals in town and we also had really good service. We had the muscles appetizer served with a spicy yet very delicious sauce, shrimp pasta with avocado sauce and the fried whole snapper. The atmosphere could be a little more festive, but the excellent food and service made up for it.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Arlington, Virginia, United States
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“The Best of Playa Samara”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Recently we had the good fortune to spend nearly a week in Playa Samara, eating at many different restaurants in the town of Samara. Cafe Esmeralda was the best of them. The food was good, with more variety that at many of the other eateries in town. Those in our party of eight who tried seafood were all delighted with their dishes. The service was friendly. (In fact, we had caught a blackfin tuna earlier in the day while fishing--unfortunately, the only thing we caught--and the restaurant agreed to clean, filet and cook it for us for practically nothing.) And the atmosphere was quite pleasant.

This restaurant is not on the main drag in Samara, but just a couple blocks away, so make the effort to find it!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto
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77 reviews 77 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
“Great seefood”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

We had the octopus and the whole fish and they were excellent. So much so that we went back for the same meal the following week.

Visited December 2013
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London
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Bravo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Delicious casado con pescado, without a doubt the best in Samara. Absolutely outstanding sea food and Casa Esmeralda remains our favourite restaurant in Samara.

Visited December 2013
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6 restaurant reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Authentic seafood at a reasonable price”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Great place for a variety of food at a reasonable price. We ordered the seafood pasta and shrimp with rice and enjoyed the authentic spices used in the dishes. Very good service here too!

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