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Ma Ma Gui

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Banco National Main Road, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 2347
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Ma Ma Gui is away from the beach, but they have air conditioning if it seems to be too hot to eat outside. The location is on a busy road by the church, but the owners have created an oasis inside, and the terrace out front is not bad once the sun goes down and traffic has diminished. The interior... More 

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Seneca, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Mama Gui's was recommended by our hotel and also our real estate agent. It did not disappoint. It is a lovely, small restaurant on the main drag of Samara. My husband had a pasta dish and I had pork medallions. Both were delicious. My husband, a pasta lover, said this was very light, not a heavy as usual pasta dishes,... More 

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Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to this restaurant for the live music after meeting some people in Samara. Rob, the musician plays around town sometimes with two other musicians. He was great. The atmosphere was lively. The food was good. Don't order the Red Snapper Risotto. There might have been two to three ounces of fish if you looked hard. The Baby Back... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Nice friendly service. Unexpected dishes and great wines. With some luck you'll have a one man jazzband entertaining you.

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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My boyfriend and I ate at Mama Gui 3 times during our 5 day visit to Sámara. We're vegans who love Italian food, and this was the perfect place for us. Each time we ordered the pizza arrabiatta, and the chef's made us a special vegan pasta dish with egg-free spaghetti and loads of fresh veggies (not on the menu).... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

They serve organic homemade pasta, truly delicious My partner had fresh tuna -really awesome and the kids had good pizzas. The desserts were eqally good, very refined but a bit expensive The service was perfect : friendly and fast. We had a nice table (booked in advance), outside on the terrace a bit above the sidewalk (better as the road... More 

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Belen, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had never eaten marlin before -- it was incredible. We also had the homemade pasta with tuna -- delicious!

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I heard about Mama Guy a while ago form some friends that were visiting Samara , so I expected already something fine , well I was kind of disappointed with my fiends , this is way above fine . At first you don't expect in this part of the world a restaurant that has that allure Simple but still with... More 

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Hagerstown, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We travel to Samara every year and this will be at least the third year in a row that we have eaten at Ma Ma Gui. This year we went twice during our week long stay. We went for New Year's Eve and had the fixed menu. The food is outstanding. Nice selection with a wonderful paired prosecco. Fresh Italian... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Another great Italian restaurant in Samara. Service was excellent and the food delicious. The pizza is amazing and the grilled veggie plate is so tasty. Do not hesitate to try the deconstructed tiramisu. They have live music at least once a week.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Large groups, Kids, Families with children, 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: +506 2656 2347

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