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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Seafood, Barbecue, Central American
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront
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Reviewed April 28, 2022 via mobile

Two solo-travelers joining a plate of mixed seafood for 2: excellent wood-oven baked shrimps, scallops, fish and whole squids, with tasty vegetables. The cocktails could have been a bit stronger.

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed April 24, 2022

We came here for dinner. A crazy rain storm came in with high winds and shut the restaurant down for about 20 minutes, but then they resumed and we ordered grilled seafood. That was delicious. Good drinks. Friendly staff.

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed April 12, 2022

We went back to El Lagarto tonight - not having been here for a few years - and it didn't disappoint. The new location on the beach is absolutely beautiful and the food is excellent. We nearly didn't go because of a poor review recently...posted - but am I ever glad we ignored that! The staff are lovely, the food was excellent (we had a shrimp appy, surg & turf, and the chocolate brownie with cappucinos for dessert) - and the view, combined with the beautiful sound of the surf - well it just can't be beat.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed April 3, 2022 via mobile

The pina colada was terrific. The meal was a huge disappointment. Neither the steak or vegetables had any flavor. It is not worth the price.

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed March 9, 2022 via mobile

One of the very best restaurants on Samara playa. Right on the beach you can see your food being grilled wether it is beef fish or camarones. Food is served with grilled vegetables all of this is based on simple and fresh products. Do not...expect any comfort as you may find in a traditional restaurant but it is fun and service is cool !More

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed March 6, 2022

This restaurant does an amazing job with grilled foods. Had their Mahi Mahi one night and their pizza on another which was plenty for two people. Being right on the beach with a cocktail in hand during sunset is the best!

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed February 25, 2022 via mobile

Save yourself the visit. This place is slow in service and overpriced. As there are so many great restaurants in Samara it's a waste of time and money in my opinion.

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed January 28, 2022

I'd read a lot about the great food and the fantastic location. Both of these I can't fault, but it came as a real surprise how unfriendly and uninterested the servers were, especially as everyone else in Samara is so open and friendly.

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed January 1, 2022 via mobile

Just OK. We made reservations for NYE, having been here in years past. The new location is lovely on the beach. I found this to be overpriced for what it was - the salad was limp and the only dressing option was oil and vinegar....The sides served were a whole roasted tomato, zucchini, and potato. The NY strip was tough, but the tenderloin was good. The wait staff was having a hard time with the number of tables, and towards the end of our meal we were being stared down by a group waiting for a table, although there were plenty of available tables.More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed December 17, 2021

Great service, great atmosphere and the best food we found in Samara (if you are American, hah). Fire roasted vegetables and meat and wondeful desserts!

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed December 2, 2021 via mobile

Fabulous dinner! After reading good reviews we were a little hesitant when we walked in as it was eerily quiet with no music on for atmosphere. We sat anyway & ordered. Food was simple but amazing. Tenderloin, pork, mahi all great as was the service....A must stop in Samara.More

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed November 21, 2021 via mobile

Delicious steaks! The surf & turf with grilled vegetables and a baked potato (about $30) was a treat but worth it :) Very friendly staff, my kids loved being able to run around on the beach right next to our table.

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed November 15, 2021 via mobile

We actually ate there twice. This is our 4th visit to Samara but this is the first trip we actually ate here. It was so good we went back. It’s now located on the beach which is fantastic. Super special place. Great food a little...pricey but cheaper than what we would pay in the states. We will return next time we’re back to SamaraMore

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed November 14, 2021

Everything is cooked on the grill at El Lagarto and the steak is very good--it reminded us of a good filet back home. Service is good and the view of the bay is very nice. I recommend this restaurant to anyone craving a great steak....I have the stuffed calamari which was tasty but a tad chewy.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed September 4, 2021

Tucked on a side street this place can be hard to find- but it is well worth the effort for the potatoes alone. If you like steak- please try this place- you won't be disappointed.

Date of visit: August 2021
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yes they accept credit. there are only a few that do.
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Yes it s now at manglar place, same (high) prices but no beach front anymore...
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5