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“Simple food at good price” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Jardin marino

Jardin marino
Main street, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
2656-0934
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Ranked #25 of 50 Restaurants in Playa Samara
Cuisines: Costa Rican
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Madison, Wisconsin
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Simple food at good price”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

The restaurant facility is very basic -- old sign, cafeteria-like tables -- but the food is very tasty and the prices were a dollar or so cheaper than other restaurants on the main street in Samara. We went twice for lunch. Have the casado -- good with chicken or fish.

Visited July 2012
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Flagstaff, Arizona
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
“Reasonable casados”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

This is the cheapest place to eat in the center of Sámara. And the food is pretty good. A typical casado runs about $6-7, which is more expensive than much of Costa Rica, but a good price for a beach town. The guanabana refrescos are awesome, be sure to ask if they have any.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Denver, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Good, simple, and cheap food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2012

We got the casado con pescado. It was very simply prepared but excellent and very cheap. Very nice service. Would definitely return for a typical Costa Rican meal.

Visited February 2012
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Seattle, Washington
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“good food, authentic atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

My husband and I stayed in Playa Samara in late December, early January. Looking for a simple and affordable place to eat, we stumbled upon this open-air restaurant (on the main road coming into the town) on New Year's Eve after being declined by several beach restaurants for lack of reservations. We found the food to be excellent (fresh seafood) and the staff friendly. (I especially recommend the fish casado, the arroz con camarones, and the seafood pasta.) I would even venture to say that the food here was the best, most authentic food we had during our stay in Costa Rica. Not surprisingly, within a short period of time, the soda-style restaurant was packed with everyone from Tico families to other couples on vacation to groups of friends ready to go out to celebrate the New Year. We visited this restaurant several other times on our stay and were never disappointed. The best part was the price. I don't think we ever paid more than $20 US for 2 people, including drinks. Highly recommended.

  • Visited January 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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Boulder, Colorado
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Authentic simple lunch in Samara”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2011

Not a flashy place, but we had a good lunch at this open air restaurant on the main street, a couple blocks up from the beach. Get the casado (roughly means "plate of the house") for the best deal and the most typical food. Good service, clean, convenient. Had a mix of tourists and locals. Not much on atmosphere, but it has a feel of being an authentic Costa Rican experience. Even took a credit card. Located just across from the soccer field.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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