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El Lagarto

Certificate of Excellence
Seafood, Barbecue, South American, Central American, Costa Rican
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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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81 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are looking for great steak at great price this is the place. We love coming here. Although not on the beach the atmosphere is good because your nestled off the main road. It's amazing to watch their cooking process at the grill. ..you'll go back again and again....one of my favorite things is the wooden plates!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I ate at El Lagarto to celebrate my husband's birthday and were joined by 2 friends. We all agreed it was one of the best dining experiences we've ever had, not just in Samara! The place itself has a great ambiance and the food is fantastic. We had seafood and steak and loved it all. My husband, a critical steak... More 

Thank Maria W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was expecting this place to be good from the reviews and it exceeded my expectations! My husband and I ordered 3 meals (we were ravinous) and had 8 drinks (they have amazing 2 for 1 specials) and our bill was only $86! We each had a ribeye steak and shared a plate of ribs and the potions were very... More 

Thank Ashley S
Brussels, Belgium
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you want to get away from the daily 'arroz con pollo', this is the place to go. We went with a large group; good service and drinks, and absolutely great BBQ, both fish or meat. Well seasoned, nice smoky taste. Bit higher than average priced, but worth it (did not ask for lobster though :). Side note: unique charcoal... More 

Thank Bob C
Brussels, Belgium
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124 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Some of our friends went on sea the afternoon for a fishing trip. They catched tuna, red snappers and other stuff. The chief cook prepared some great dishes with the fresh sea food. Lovely. Interior is very basic as well as the service.

Thank Rodriek
London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we've been going to El Lagarto for special nights out in Samara for 10 years now and, while it has expanded a bit and gained some welcome big fans and extra staff, it remains one of the must-see restaurants with beautiful food and impressive open grills. Instagrams of the steaks and ribs do not do justice to the quality and... More 

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Oakville, Ontario
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The restaurant has great ambience in addition to very good food. The stuffed chicken dish was amazing.

Thank garkar
Fleet, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Flaming wood grill, excellent squid starter made at request since was on the mains menu, top notch steaks. Kids rib portions a little on the teeny side, so if they're hungry go for adult - it's not much more. Good wine selection, and wine is looked after too.

Thank JamesCarter1970
Eugene, OR, USA
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was off the beaten path a bit, but when we found it we liked it. Dark streets, with puddles. Seemed sketchy until we got there. The food was excellent. I really enjoyed the steak and the barbecued baked potato was as excellent as well. This was one of the few places we found in Samara that takes credit cards,... More 

Thank OregonTraveller71
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

Best food in Samara!!! Discovered this wonderful restaurant at the tail end of our trip! We ate at El Largarto our last two nights! Great food! Worth the price!

Thank Maria V

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Seafood, Barbecue, South American, Central American, Costa Rican
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Playa Samara, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?