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El Ancla

) #28 of 52 Restaurants in Playa Samara $$ - $$$ Seafood, South American,
Meters East Of the Main Beach Entrance 175, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 0716
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good39%
  • Average16%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
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Seafood, South American, Costa Rican
$$ - $$$
Meters East Of the Main Beach Entrance 175, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Reviewed March 7, 2014

We came for dinner with our two young children; we were quick to order. Luckily, our younger one fell asleep in the stroller which meant an easier dinner to manage. Unfortunately, our order was forgotten and it took us asking our waiter 4 times where...More

Thank Marion S
Reviewed March 6, 2014

Good food and service, right on the beach. Where else can you go for a nice dinner meal at around $50 per couple. A must to try!!

Thank Les S
Reviewed March 3, 2014

Our tour group decided to have dinner @ El Ancla on the beach one evening. We had 2 tables with about 14 people. Drinks were 2 for 1 - woohoo! Mixed drinks all around! The cerviche was really good! We ordered two for our table....More

Thank WinL2011
Reviewed February 25, 2014

Very good food with an open air restaurant and tables out on the beach. If you are a seafood lover, their seafood soup is not to be missed.

Thank Edward D
Reviewed February 18, 2014

Our server was very rude to my husband when he asked questions on the menu and seemed to ignore some of the requests we had that he did not want to do apparently. The food was good, but not a great value in my opinion....More

Thank earthgirlDenver
Reviewed February 6, 2014

Prices similar to most other beach restaurants. A shared club sandwich, guacamole with nachos and a couple of beers while sitting in the shade on the beach ... around $20 or so ... nice!

Thank Shorty B
Reviewed January 18, 2014 via mobile

We went twice and had local fish dishes which were delicious. Our little boy had fish fingers that were fresh mahi mahi and the best I've tasted. Very chilled . Don't go if you are in a rush .

Thank JDought
Reviewed January 8, 2014

Drinks were average, meals were average, service stunk. The waiter didn't have a smile in his soul and I had to go out of my way to get him to interact with us.

1  Thank John R
Reviewed January 5, 2014

Food was good, not outstanding for me, but ambiance was excellent with the waves crashing on the shoreline.

Thank Samantha B
Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

Waiter was rude, service was slow, things were forgotten, food was average and overpriced. Basically not worth it, there are better places to eat.

Thank Fewswk
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Seafood, South American, Costa Rican
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Scenic view, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Meters East Of the Main Beach Entrance 175, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
  • Phone Number: +506 2656 0716
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