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“A wonderful meal” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Gilded Iguana Restaurant

The Gilded Iguana Restaurant
50 M South of Mini Super Delicias Del Mundo | Playa Guiones, Nosara 5233, Costa Rica
+506 2682 0259
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Ranked #17 of 43 Restaurants in Nosara
Price range: $5 - $17
Cuisines: Hamburgers, Seafood, International, Family Fare
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: The restaurant at the Gilded Iguana will be up and running for Nov 2014. The new management brings the BEST food in the area and finally will get the spotlight they deserve. Look for more info to be released soon.
Toronto, Canada
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“A wonderful meal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 NEW

When you least expect it ,when i first walked in , i thought nah looks pretty simple well was i wrong . All the dishes were very tast . The service was great and there we were having dinner under the stars not hard to take . Wonderful fish dishes a pasta a steak with great apps makes this a must eat in Nosara well worth it .

  • Visited December 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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“wow! But they shouldn't change the name”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

Food and service were great. Went on Christmas Eve and had the most incredible ceviche and tuna tartare. Ceviche had a nice bit of kick at the end, as it was in a light coconut milk sauce with red pepper. The tuna steaks were great, but mine had avocado sauce over it and was too much sauce. My wife had the dorado with lemon and wine and it was terrific!

Hope they decide to not change the name to pacifico Azul like they're planning. Gilded iguana seems so much better, and they'd have to change all the maps ;-)

Visited December 2014
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Newport, Oregon
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“Great food; a bit expensive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Very good food (dinner and desserts). Service is great. There is more english than spanish spoken here. A lot of expats hang out here. You have to get the ice cream and brownie for dessert.

Visited November 2014
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jgross123, Owner at The Gilded Iguana Restaurant, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Thanks for the compliments on the food, we are happy you enjoyed your meal and the ambiance!
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texas
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Fish Tacos were fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I'm almost a year late with this review as I understand there are new owners, but I had a great meal when I dined here. I had the fish tacos, which were tasty, and my buddy had fish and chips both times we ate there.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Annapolis, Maryland
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Disappointed since my last visit”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

The new owners have the wrong crew at the bar. Very disapppointed. They were a surly bunch - a big change from the previous wonderful and friendly staff from the old iguana. Hope the new owners can pull it together.

Visited November 2014
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jgross123, Owner at The Gilded Iguana Restaurant, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Hi Jeffrey G, thanks for your review. This review is super suspicious as you mentioned twice about the "new owners" - I would imagine for a restaurant review there should be something about the food quality, menu, service, etc - perhaps you are a former employee or competitor? would love to hear what you think about the food and sorry that you found the staff to be "surly" - we hope that is not a latent racist euphemism for "Tico" as this is Costa Rica, and the management is proudly entirely staffed by locals, including former bartenders and waiters from the prior years. We would hope you can make your judgement based on the food quality, ambiance, and service, or perhaps be open minded in considering that "Tico" does not equate to "surly". If you have any constructive criticism that would be very helpful. If there was a particular problem with a staff member, or your meal, we would be happy to know and pass the message along to the management in place at the restaurant and make any changes based on actual bad performance or actors. Thanks so much for your sincere concern for the new owners of the Gilded Iguana, we assure you that the management in place is doing a fantastic job and is as friendly and accommodative as has ever been at this fine establishment!
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