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house esmeralda

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Italian, Seafood, Central American, Costa Rican
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Samara Beach | 300 Mts. Oeste Correo Postal, Playa Samara 50205, Costa Rica
506 2656-0489
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Asheville, North Carolina
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were on a family trip to Costa Rica in July/Aug 2016, and we spend three days in Playa Samara. There were 18 people in our group, ages 8-74. The proprietor of our hotel, Hotel Villas Kalimba, recommended Casa Esmerelda. It was a short five minute walk from our hotel. The restaurant decor and atmosphere wasn't much to speak of,... More 

Thank Ann S
Heredia, Costa Rica
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

All our dishes were delicious, best rice with shrimps I've tried in many years traveling in Costa Rica. The waiter was super friendly and professional, made us feel really welcomed. Visited this place a couple of years ago and liked it a lot, so we returned and they keep kitchen and dishes quality on top.

Thank ronny_sanchez
Acton, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

We ate here 4 times when staying in Samara. It was clean and the service great. For the money you get fresh local food without any fanfare. Try the grilled Mahi Mahi with avacado or the shrimp and rice.

Thank gabrielle1971
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

The food was delicious!!! And the lemonade , I try to always order natural waters , was to die for!! The only bad thing was the wait. It took an hour for our food to be brought. There were only two other families there. One of which already had their food.

Thank Stephanie R
Los Alamos, New Mexico
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

Four of us had dinner here. After a couple of dinners on the beach, we were ready to get away from the sand. This place is bright and clean, well decorated and comfortable, and the high-speed ceiling fans really keep you cool and the bugs away! Our waiter provided good service. Our dinners were very tasty - my husband's tuna... More 

Mifflinville, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

Not a soul in the place eating...but I read good reviews so I decide this is the place we go. They specialize in seafood we heard. Two of the things we ordered they didn't have...one being lobster...our most important. On the menu....Dos Eqis.....yeah...they didn't have that either. Very disappointed wished we would have gone somewhere better.

Thank tracy t
south florida
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100 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

We went here on the advice of our hotel manager - and it did not disappoint. The atmosphere is nothing too special, but the food was. We had arroz con pollo, a whole fried snapper and an app of grilled octopus. It was all really delicious. We had arroz con pollo 3 times in Samara - and this was my... More 

Thank tortugas2x
Ashland, OR
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016 via mobile

Based on trip advisor we decided to try this place. Very good and satisfying food. I had sea bass cooked in garlic and my partner shrimp is some sort of sauce. Both excellent. Good service. Clean. Ambiance is like a tipico restaurant, nothing special. We sat upstairs outside on the patio overlooking the street and telephone wires. I was greatly... More 

Thank Estevao
Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

House Esmarelda is a little off the beaten path in Samara. Tourists walking on mainstreet or near the beach will miss a treat unless they seek this restaurant out. We were the only patrons while we were there, but the food was excellent and prices a little lower than beachside establishments. I had the chicken in gorgonzola sauce. Others tried... More 

Thank Gary D
Janesville, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016

These people know how to cook! The TVs are good. The wine list is very good. The Ticos eat here. The prices won't bite into your wallet. All is well in this joint. Our #1 in this town.

Thank KyotoJane

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Italian, Seafood, Central American, Costa Rican
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Television, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Romantic, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Samara Beach | 300 Mts. Oeste Correo Postal, Playa Samara 50205, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
  • Phone Number: 506 2656-0489

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