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El Lagarto

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Seafood, Barbecue, South American, Central American, Costa Rican
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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was absolutely delicious!! We enjoyed everything we ordered! The mixed seafood was so yummy and I highly recommend it! During our week in Costa Rica this restaurant was our favorite!

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Thank Tara Z
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing reasturante! A must visit when in Samara! Sergio and staff are fun! The food is nothing you will ever taste! I cant put onto words how amazing it is! The way they cook is awsome as well! Nothing you will ever experience!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While in Costa Rica we have been having a lot of beans and rice and Casado plates, we were ready for something a bit more substantial. I ordered the pork loin which was amazing (three pieces wrapped in bacon with cheese). My husband got the ribeye and was still talking about it today. The teen girls got the tilapia, which... More 

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Thank dakkinni
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

During the two weeks at Samara El Lagarto was our favorite restaurant. We ate there three times! The chicken, steak, and vegetables were delicious. The grill masters were excellent as they worked at the pit. The waitresses were fantastic, too. While we won't return to Costa Rica, we will always remember El Lagarto's.

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Thank LarryBrenda F
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The service is very good and my selection of fish was excellent. It was a nice clean heart piece of fish seasoned with oil and garlic, served with potato, tomatoes, and veggies. I was able to sub out potato and tomato and get extra veggies. Grilled zucchini cooked to perfection.

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Thank marleejnassar
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing food and the best grill in Costa Rica ! The owners are friendly and they have the best stuff on board ! Great place thank you for feed me in my vacation!

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Thank Surfjames
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8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Another great food experience. Mahi Mahi filet and whole Red Snapper dishes were cooked to perfection on an awesome fired up grill. Even the baked potatoes were especially tasty with some orange colored butter. Nice open atmosphere on a less busy Samara side street. This was our 2nd time here as well as once at their Manuel Antonio location. Never... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I think this was the best restaurant we ate in our month stay. Not cheap by any means but hey tell me what steak restaurant in the states is cheap. The meat is organic and raised locally. Check it out.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing food and very reasonable price. Great service and staff. We had a large group and they were very quick to get food out on the table. Did I mention the food was delicious?! Loved the options and smokey flavor of being cooked over wood coals.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Seafood, Barbecue, South American, Central American, Costa Rican
Meals
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?