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Seafood, Barbecue, Central American
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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All reviews baked potato steak surf and turf shrimp ribs wood fired grill costa rica the rib eye cooked to perfection last night food was fantastic great dinner located right bbq coals meat zucchini
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Reviewed March 28, 2020

The ribs, the steak, the chicken, the veggies; all mouthwatering to look at, to smell and especially to eat! Don't miss El Lagarto; this was our 5th trip to CR and 4th to Samara and we always look forward to eating here.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 11, 2020

We heard and read great things about this restaurant. The ribs were highly recommended. The first visit to El Legarto we were very disappointed with the quality of the food, the ribs were mediocre at best. We tried a second visit and were disappointed again....We found the food mediocre and overpriced. The service was friendly. We will not return.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed March 1, 2020 via mobile

3 New York Strips and grilled pork all cooked to perfection. Perfect margaritas and passion fruit mojitos. Sunset over the Pacific from corner table with perfect view. Couldn't ask for anything better. Thanks to all the staff that made it happen.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 27, 2020 via mobile

Authentic restaurant, pleasant staff. The most expensive meal we have had on our 2 week holiday. My partner and I both had ribs and were a little disappointed to find that they mainly consisted of fat and bone. Maybe just a bad night as the...restaurant was highly recommended.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 27, 2020 via mobile

We ate dinner here on Valentine’s Day. The food was delicious and the servings were generous. Very good mixed drinks and friendly staff.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 19, 2020

Excellent service & Amazing seafood! If you want fresh seafood you must eat here! Family friendly! Great drinks too!

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 17, 2020 via mobile

Dinner was cooked over a wood fire, great quality, great service, although expensive we highly recommend el lagarto.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed February 12, 2020 via mobile

Tucked away slightly from the beach, this place is a real gem. Flame grilled meats and fish - the jumbo prawns were especially well seasoned. Perfectly cooked potatoes are a simple yet great side dish with oozes of garlic butter. Prices are on the high...side but the meal will be overall enjoyable.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 10, 2020 via mobile

Decided to try El Lagarto on one of our last nights in town. Well worth the stop. The grilled jumbo shrimp were well seasoned and nicely grilled. The plate held 8 large shrimp and sides of grilled tomato and baked potatoe. The baby back ribs...had a nice dry rub and smokey flavor from the grill. Sides were the same as with the shrimp. Food was very good overall. One disappointment with the evening, especially at a higher priced place, was interruptions from street vendors.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 9, 2020

Delicious. Generous portions, kids menu, decent wine. Loved the baked tomatoes. Was a nice surprise.

Date of visit: February 2020
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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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