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“Reliably excellent food” 4 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 #4 of 47 restaurants in Playa Samara
Cuisines: Italian, Costa Rican, Central American
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Berkeley, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Reliably excellent food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

My husband and I enjoyed several meals at Casa Esmeralda. We adored the camarones con salsa de Esmeralda, with its rich garlicky flavor and huge fresh prawns. We also had spaghetti with camarones and avocado sauce: chunks of ripe, flavorful avocado and home made pasta perfectly cooked. The restaurant was always full and had a happy and lively feel.

Visited January 2014
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Rainbow City, Alabama United States
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Nothing fabulous - strictly so-so”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

We couldn't understand all the great reviews. To us, neither the atmosphere nor the food nor the prices were that great. And we found it to be quite hot, too. We gave it a second chance and went there twice, and found it no better the second time around. Don't think we'll be back. There's far better restaurants in Samara.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Rainbow City, Alabama
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Over rated”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

Although I do like this restaurant it is certainly over rated. The dining area is loud, hot, service is slow. The food is not anything out of the ordinary. Though I must admit I LOVE their Gorgonzola sauce served over gnocchi or pasta. They also do a nice whole Sea Bass. Prices are a bit high but still OK for Costa Rica.

Visited January 2014
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Kitchener
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Lives up to the reviews”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

Our favourite meals in Samara. We ate twice and both times were delicious. Just the right combination of spices in each dish. Should definitely eat here at least once if you are in Samara.

Visited December 2013
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Chania Town, Greece
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Excellent Value!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Enjoyed a great meal at this reasonably priced restaurant. We had fish fillet with shrimp and tomato sauce, fish with white sauce and a caprice salad; everything was excellent! Wine was good and priced reasonably, service was prompt and courteous. Nice atmosphere, though not overly formal and no view or anything like that... Would definitely recommend this restaurant.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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