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“amazing” 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 #11 of 108 Restaurants in Jaco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $24
Cuisines: International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Doing business, Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
Description: Located in the heart of Main street in Jaco, Costa Rica.
Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
“amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2011

We spent 2 weeks in Costa Rica. Best meal we had in the whole country.

  • Visited January 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
1 review
“WOW.......food and service was off the chart”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2011

Being a restaurant owner of a Sushi Bar and 5 star restaurant myself, it's very hard to impress me anywhere, let alone in Costa Rica, However last night i was very much impressed. We started with Caesar Salad and eggplant for appetizers, had Shrimp Diablo, Pasta Penni, 4 cheese lasagna for dinner, and finished off with three deserts, and the only reason i give them 5 stars is because you don't have a 6th, the food and service was off the chart, my hat's off tho Chef Richard, his wife, and the whole staff.................if i needed to sum it up in one word it would be WOW

  • Visited January 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Orlando, Florida
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“In Jaco for 3 nights, we ate here twice!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2011

Truly the best place to eat in Costa Rica. We traveled to 4 resorts in 12 days. We ate at many so called 4 and 5 star restaurants. This place is incredible. The buffalo lobster bites, the lobster francaise, the tuna, EVERYTHING was amazing! Family run, dad Richard is the head chef, Richard Jr took care of our every need, and mom is a fantastic hostess. We can not wait to go back to beautiful Costa Rica, and Lemon Zest is one of the top draws for us.

  • Visited December 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great food. Great atmosphere. Good setting.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2011

Although not typical Costa Rican cuisine, food at Lemon Zest is creative and delicious - with enough variety on the menu to keep everyone happy. Add to that the warm atmosphere and friendly staff and you're all set for for a fun dinner. It's bang in the middle of Jaco, so you can skip off for more fun or grab a taxi home as your prefer.

  • Visited December 2010
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Madeira Beach
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“Lemon Zest Rocks Jaco Beach !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2011

We spent a week in Playa Jaco. We had a chance to eat at most all the restaurants along the strip. One evening we were looking for something different and stumbled upon the Zest. Being that it was not on street level, we might have passed it by but I remembered reading reviews from TripAdvisor and told the rest of our crew it was supposed to be good. The result ? Another great find because of the reviews on TripAdvisor.
We ended up dining there 4 times and Chef Richard even cooked our fresh Tuna catch as incredible appetizers for our family. Both Richard and his wife Nellie made sure everything was perfect and when they got a break they would always come over and talk. Every entree and appetizer we had was great. Servers were friendly and attentive and quick to offer tips for exploring Jaco. Trust the reviews that the prices are reasonable for Jaco and just plain incredible compared to the states and especially Europe. I Recommend fresh fish (tuna was huge), tenderloin filet (huge!) and special Italian night on Sundays. You might even catch a rockin' Celebrity there - We did!

  • Visited December 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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