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El Lagarto

$$ - $$$Seafood, Barbecue,
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 0750
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good25%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“baked potato” (69 reviews)
“steak” (154 reviews)
“surf and turf” (33 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Seafood, Barbecue, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Great atmosphere with a unique wood grill. The steaks were cooked perfectly as ordered and the potatoes were awesome. The service was really good as well. Would highly recommend this for an upscale dining experience without a ridiculous price. Great food!

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank knsnkru
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Best steak I’ve ever had it was 25oz and cooked to perfection medium rare. The potatoes were amazing as well. The set up they had for cooking was very unique with a charcoal collecting contraption and a swinging grill to cook the food over. Definitely...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Colin B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant has an amazing outdoor wood grill to cook the various types of meat. The food is great and plentiful. The atmosphere is wonderful and the service is very good. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank DarrenA_13
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came here for Christmas dinner. The bacon wrapped scallops appetizer was amazing & the rib eye was delicious. The wine was quite good as well. The wait staff was very friendly and there was live music which was nice. If you want a good...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Nomad605769
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The best steak in town and some pretty good seafood. What else is there to say! Great service and seems popular with couples and families alike.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank LW64
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Best restaurant in Samara. They have an amazing selection on their menu. The surf and turf 3 is my favourite, amazing! The way they cook their meals is really cool!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Rejym2018
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food was good- between the 5 of us we tried a variety. The steak was probably our favorite, but the fish and shrimp were really good also and my husband really liked the chicken. Tasty and cooked perfectly. In comparison to other area restaurants, this...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank BeachLoverinNH
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

OMG - meat meat meat. Argentine BBQ joint with a Freddie Kruger type incinerator contraption feeding hot charcoal to dual grills to cook great ingredients perfectly. The BBQed garlic is a surprise- it’s off the scale DIY garlic bread essentially but very nicely done. Surf...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 847jeanmarch
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

To say that we enjoyed the food here is a huge understatement. They have quite an unusual wood barbecue, which is like nothing I have ever seen Two of us are vegetarians and we ordered the vegetable plate. Another had the fish and another the...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 954suzies
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Overall we loved our dinner here - The food was great, very cool atmosphere and the service in general was better than most places in Samara. However, as other reviews mentioned (and I didn't initially really believe) they told us their credit card machine was...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Kristen009
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Janet C
March 14, 2017|
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Response from green4eva | Reviewed this property |
It is on a side street off of the hwy to Nosara. Go past the Pali grocery store, turn left after Mama Gui. There is a sign at the corner for it and the camping, it is right near the camp ground. We probably would have never... More
January 27, 2017|
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Response from Pete R | Reviewed this property |
yes they accept credit. there are only a few that do.
Maureen S
January 17, 2015|
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Response from maluyna | Reviewed this property |
Yes it s now at manglar place, same (high) prices but no beach front anymore...
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Seafood, Barbecue, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Kids, Bar scene, Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Playa Samara, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
  • Phone Number: +506 2656 0750
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