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El Lagarto

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$$ - $$$
Seafood, Barbecue, Central American, Costa Rican, Gluten Free Options
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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 0750
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Port of Spain, Trinidad
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8 reviews
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Reviewed March 26, 2014

I had read about El Lagarto prior to my trip and made a note of it but it was also highly recommended by my hotel.I loved dining on the beach in open air under a tree. The food was tasty and well prepared and served on visually interesting wooden trays. The service was excellent. The prices are probably a little... More 

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West Virginia
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed March 25, 2014

I visited Costa Rica a few weeks ago and I was told to visit El Lagarto. I LOVED it! It was a little pricey but to be honest, I was on vacation and didn't mind spending the extra money to enjoy eating on the beach. The staff was very nice and my order was taken and received promptly. If you... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 24, 2014

I ate here 10 years ago and again this year. It was fantastic. Simple BBQ meals - I have shrimp and spouse had surf / turf. With 2 glasses of wine, it was $68 American for the meal. Very good value for what you got. I loved the dinner and the atmosphere right on the beach. the chairs were comfy,... More 

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Oxnard, CA
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85 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed March 24, 2014

This is an experience. A little off the beaten path and and right on the beach. Definitely one of the best meals we had in Costa Rica. This is grilled food and delicious jacket roasted potatoes. I had the grilled mushroom combo, hubby had a lobster and our friend had a mixed veggie grill. It was hard to chose. Don't... More 

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Strathmore
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed March 21, 2014

Best Squid ever. Great Coco Coladas. Slightly better food and atmosphere than it's sister restaurant in Manuel Antonio. Along with Barba Negra in Uvita as the ABSOLUTE top of Costa Rican cuisine!

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed March 20, 2014

Great menu, I love the tomato, zucchini and potato sides for the main course. Delicious! great view and location.

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Chassahowitzka
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40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed March 19, 2014

Amazing beach front place and concept. My shrimp was a bit overcooked but we were in a large party and others who went as couples had better results. The coffee dessert drink was phenomenal, best drink I ever had anywhere, anytime! I had two, it was soooo good! I would definitely go back. Bring your camera!

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Tewksbury, Massachusetts
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed March 15, 2014

You can't beat the location! Right on the beach..great views..cool chairs and decor! The food was really good and there spice mixture is gluten free. They say BBQ but is is not BBQ like the US thinks..there is no sauce. My husband and I ordered the ribeye and the ribs and split our meals. The portions are great and the... More 

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VA
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38 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed March 15, 2014

The stuffed chicken is the best I've ever had. My husband has the fish and it was fabulous - our server was a sweet tica who made our dinner a memorable one and made great recommendations on food!

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Thank TravelingNovelty
Salt Lake City, Utah
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 14, 2014

We held our wedding in front of El Lagarto this past week. It was amazing! I couldn't have asked for a better day. Jacquie the manager was amazing. She helped me with ideas for decorations and made sure everything was right. She even stored our cake in their fridge. The food and drinks were amazing, all my guests were happy.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Seafood, Barbecue, Central American, Costa Rican, Gluten Free Options
Meals
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
Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Kids, Special occasions
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?