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Ma Ma Gui

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Banco National Main Road, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Surprised to find this upscale Italian restaurant in Samara. The owner/chef makes his bread from scratch and it is among the best I have ever eaten! Appetizers were very tasty, creative and artistically presented. In lieu of ordering dessert, he comped us a shot of very good rum. Nice touch.

Thank deltawave
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the third time over several visits that we have been to Ma Ma Gui's. It's a big wow. It's a little simple yet chic place with exquisite food. The salads are delicious especially with tiny little bits of pork. The entrees are amazing. We had dorado over spinach with a side of humus & grilled calamari with was... More 

Thank Michele C
Orange County, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Authentic Italian food. I've tried many dishes here and nothing disappoints. Tears of joy have been shed over the desserts. Potato chips and zucca pizza are amazing. The staff is so friendly and generous. I've been here for two months and come at least once a week to get my pizza fix! Love this place!!

Thank kenziejo11
Offenbach, Germany
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016 via mobile

One of the best places for dinner in samara Two real Italian guys , very friendly , serve you a in very nice atmosphere, real Italian and very delicious food. Home made pasta , fresh fish, salad and best pizza in town. And the best , for really less money . I was there a several times and it was... More 

Thank Frank R
London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

My boyfriend and I went travelling for a month and this was the best food of the entire trip- sadly we only stumbled across it on our last night! Mateo was our waiter and he was attentive about my dietry requirements and very informative about the menu. Being a vegetarian he advised me on what to order and I'm so... More 

Thank littlegally
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016

Excellent, authentic, delicious gourmet italian food with a super-friendly waiter Mateo. I highly recommend. TripAdvisor won't let me submit my review unless it's at least 200 characters long which it now is.

Thank jason9943
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

Pizza pizza yummy yummy in my tummy tummy tummy. But actually the food was very good. We went twice in our five nights in Samara! The service was wonderful, the staff members were extremely friendly and gave us some good ideas of things to do. Our favorite dish was the Chicken and pear salad. One thing to note is that... More 

Thank mcginley323
Modiin, Israel
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

Managed by Italian owner, so you can image ........... wonderful food. Open only for dinner..........just reminder.

Thank lubapol
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2016

The food was top-notch, the service fantastic, and the vibe was still very Samara but also global, for lack of better description -- as in, you could have stumbled upon this place in Lisbon or Brooklyn or New Orleans. We fell in love with the wine selection and... the wallpaper. The pasta and pizza items on the innovative menu make... More 

Thank Tatyana M
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016

We went every evening, during our stay in Samara. As we are vegetarians, they worked out dishes for us, the chef even came one night to our table to ask if we wanted vegan cheese on our pasta. We felt like at home. The food is tasty, the setting is neat and the service amazing. Highly recommended.

Thank NowTheJourneyBegins

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza
Dinner, Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Special occasions
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Banco National Main Road, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
  • Phone Number: 26562347

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?