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Ma Ma Gui

Banco National Main Road, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 2347
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Overview
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“pizza” (151 reviews)
“salad” (39 reviews)
Opens in 6 min
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CUISINES
Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
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LOCATION
Banco National Main Road, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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1 - 10 of 389 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Seriously the only restaurant in Samara that you must go to! The food was delicious and authentic. The service was top notch and the owner was a fantastic entertainer. Wish I could eat here everyday!

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

The food was THE BEST and the service was THE BEST. I recommend the gnocchi and the blackberry gin and tonic. I already want to go back tomorrow!

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Raddmad
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here on Christmas Eve and had a wonderful time enjoying the menu and the service. Although the power was out for the beginning of our visit it only added to the ambience of the restaurant. The charcuterie to start off was incredible and...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank fijinigel1989
Gigi0P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Sorry for the power out gage! It did add some ambiance to the evening but in the kitchen was not so charming. We were lucky the the power came back. We happily welcome you kind words. Thank you very much. Best Gigio Palazzo

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ended up there on a whim with a recommendation and we were so glad we found it. We ended up having dinner there twice during our trip and the food can stand up anywhere in the world. Great Italian food, and incredible cocktails. The...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Robert E
Gigi0P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Let us express our gratitude to come to mamagui more than once, A big thank you from my crew! We do have, in all modesty, some international experience which spans for almost 3 decades and within 3 continents. We love to be in Samara, more...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hard to find a better meal in Samara. The Italian and seafood inspired dishes are unique and incredibly tasty. The food is very hot and fresh. The service is fantastic. Only suggestion is to make sure that if you sit outside, you don’t sit at...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank DarrenA_13
Gigi0P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your kind review. Yes our downside is the road side location. Sometimes it can be noisy and dusty. We are working on for a new location with many amenities. Thanks again Gigio Palazzo

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our meal portions were tiny, the steak was charred on the outside, our table was about 3 feet from the road and our bill was $438 American for 7 people!!! Do not go here. It is awful!More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Noah N
Gigi0P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Sir- Please accept my apologies. It is entirely my fault, not my employees or my kitchen crew. Candidly I made a mistake. I have no excuse but to accept your correct remarks. Hard to digest but you are correct for the execution of the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Read all the great reviews and thought it would a great place to eat a NYE meal. Staff was courteous and attentive, service was great. Preset menu food, however, was disappointing. Appetizers (proschutto and jamon) were OK, risotto was OK, swordfish for main course was...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank YYur
Gigi0P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I have to accept your criticism We were overwhelmed that particular night. Accept our apologies Sorry again Gigio Palazzo

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went with two families and had an outstanding Italian meal. As there were 12 of us, we could order both the salume and the dried fish samplers, so we got a strong sense of the proprietor's attention to ingredients. The group had risotto, pasta,...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank phsoffer
Gigi0P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Yes you are correct the road side is not the most desirable position. It is dusty and particularly during the holidays we have a high traffic. We warmly suggest to reserve a table in advance. Thank you very much. Gigio Palazzo

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely food plus really attentive and friendly service. The best risotto that I have had anywhere! Highly recommended if you want a higher end meal in Samara.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank LW64
Gigi0P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for your nice words

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ate here Christmas night. Died and went to heaven. Such a surprise to find this gem in a sleepy seaside village. Italian owner with 25 years experience in NYC. And it shows. From succulent calamari on fava bean purée to de-constructed Tiramisu and homemade Semi-Freddo...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Seez
Gigi0P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

You are such a lovely lady! What can we say we were amazed! Let's talk about you not mamagui for once. My crew and In have enjoyed every second your kind happily explosive presence! We hope to see you in the very near future!!! Thanks...More

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Barbara29526
January 31, 2015|
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Response from knuelp | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, in addition the church is on that road, this might help as you can see it easily and the road also leads towards the Nosara gravel road.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Dinner, Drinks, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Kids, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Monday
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Friday
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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: +506 2656 2347
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