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“Really good food made by chef owner” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lemon Zest Restaurant

Lemon Zest Restaurant
El Jardin Plaza, Jaco 4023, Costa Rica
506 26432591
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Ranked #10 of 106 Restaurants in Jaco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $24
Cuisines: International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Located in the heart of Main street in Jaco, Costa Rica.
New York City, New York
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4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“Really good food made by chef owner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

This was the second place we ate dinner during our stay in Jaco and was suggested to us by our Jaco VIP concierge/host Maria. We had eaten at Graffiti restaurant two nights before and really enjoyed it.
The menu at Lemon Zest offered a really diverse variety of some pretty delicious sounding appetizers and entree's. A waiter greeted and seated us right away and read off a long list of specials from memory. Pretty impressive. Shortly after placing our order, the owner and head chef Richard came out form the kitchen and introduced himself. He explained some of the fresh ingredients he uses and where he gets them in Costa Rica. What a really nice guy that really knows his food.

There were 8 of us and we all ordered something different from appetizers to main courses, each of us sampling a little from each plate. My goodness was the food here exceptional to say the least. We had several appetizers and they were all delicious. ahi tuna, panko shrimp, and the korean bbq beef kabobs were my favorite appetizers. My favorite main dish was between the spicy yellowfin tuna togerachi(spelling?), jerk pork chops, and filet mignon that had blue cheese on it. These three stand out in my taste bud memories the most. We ordered 8 different entrees and each of us took a taste off each plate. Everything was really good. I would recommend Lemon Zest to everyone. Really high quality food, great service, great atmosphere and really talented chef owner. Prices are not cheap but are what you would expect to pay in a good restaurant back in the USA for a first class quality meal and well worth the price given the high quality of the food and service at Lemon Zest.

Visited May 2013
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English first
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Get the crab cake appetizer!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013 via mobile

All of our food was delicious and the service was exemplary! We ordered the crab cake appetizer special, 3 cocktails (passion fruit martini, margarita, caipirinha), the dorado with pineapple risotto, and the blue cheese filet mignon and bottled water for about $80. Well worth the money! A must go in Jaco!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Costa Rica, MS
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“AMAZING, INCREDIBLE, FABULOUS”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

I do not like to write reviews but Lemon Zest deserves a review. I was in Ft. Lauderdale at an exclusive cooking school and the master chef recommended Lemon Zest. The owners are the cooks and are on top of everything with the restaurant. The wait staff speak perfect English and Spanish and make you feel like "Norm" on Cheers by calling you by name when you arrive. It is my favorite restaurant in Jaco and so glad they are there and love to cook, take care of clients, and really want you to return. Do yourself a favor and go to Lemon Zest.............you will NOT regret it. Smile~~~~

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dfw
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“Little pricy”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013 via mobile

Well I had the dorado it was tasty
My husband had some type of meat that was drowned in teriyaki sauce a friend had the pork chops also very salty. Will we go back sure but will order something different

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“What great food from such a small restaurant!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

Lemon Zest was one of our top two favorite restaurants in Jaco. We would have gone back twice if we had another night. The food was absolutely delicious and the service was awesome. The atomosphere was not anything special but your focus will be on your meal once it arrives. Highly recommend this gourmet restaurant!

Visited June 2013
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