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Banco National Main Road, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 2347
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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95 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed March 2, 2017

Ma Ma Gui was the best dining experience, I had in Playa Samara. The restaurant is a short walk from the mainstreet/downtown of Samara, and it's definitely worth a visit. Both the pizzas and pastas were so delicious, and the service was perfect. I liked the entire deco of the restaurant too, and I heard that they also have very... More 

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Gigio P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this review

Mamagui crew is delighted for your review. Live music is on Tuesday and Sunday Thank you very much indeed! Gigio Palazzo More 

Los Angeles, California
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57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed March 2, 2017 via mobile

We had a lovely meal at decent prices. The grilled veggie salad was fantastic. The four of us each at a different pizza. Two people could share a pizza with an appetizer if you aren't big eaters. Three out of the four of us brought home leftovers! Very good service. Andry was very helpful and informative.

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Gigio P, Floor attendant at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this review

It is very encouraging we try our best to perform always well and give a good ratio between price and portion! Thank you very much for visiting Mamagui. Andrey More 

Calgary, Canada
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4 reviews
Reviewed February 26, 2017 via mobile

Great Italian food, we had the pasta and pizza both were excellent. Cute little place we sat outside on the patio. Maybe only negative it is on a busy fast road so had some traffic noise.

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Thank Danielle B
Gigio P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. You are correct the road is pretty much busy but traffic and nice diminishes for dinner time. Thanks again for your patronage. Gigio Palazzo More 

2 reviews
Reviewed February 25, 2017

Can't believe you can find such good food in Samara!! You can't go to Samara and not visit Samara and its cook Gigio!!

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Penonome, Panama
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed February 25, 2017

What else would you expect from a chef who's owned restaurants in NYC, London and Greece? We dined here twice during our week in Samara. The tuna was perfect and the pizza unique - to say the least. Bar-meister Chad's erudite rapport made our evenings so exceptional. Efharisto para poli Gigio kai Matteo!

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Gigio P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this review

What else can we say! You guys are such a wonderful couple, we enjoyed your company! I could not believe my eyes to entertain a brief conversation with you in greek! Great surprise! Thank you for swinging by! It has been our pleasure to entertain you! Gigio Matteo and Chad!!! More 

Kensington, Maryland
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed February 23, 2017

Ma ma Gui was recommended by the bartender at our hotel. I can't thank her enough! This place is a gem. After finding such a limited selection of red wines in Costa Rica, I was super happy to see "Italian Wines" advertised on their sign!! And the Italian wine list was very good. We had the White Marlin prosciutto as... More 

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Gigio P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this review

As a owner and chef we express our gratitude! We try every day to do our best and keep the food and service as high as possible. Our most genuine thanks! Gigio Palazzo More 

2 reviews
Reviewed February 23, 2017

I haven't been to Italy, but from now on, I'm avoiding all Italian restaurants because they'll never top this place. The food was amazing. Try their in-house cured Marlin Prosciutto.

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Gigio P, General Manager at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this review

We are blushing!!! Thank you More 

Union, Missouri
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43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed February 20, 2017

Our apartment in Samara is directly across the street from MaMaGui so of course we had to bring in their pizza. Really excellent.

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Gigio P, Manager at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this review

we were very lucky to have you across the street! Thank you More 

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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed February 18, 2017

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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Gigio P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this review

You made our day! We find the Hemingway parallel amazing! Reviews of this caliber give us the spark to get better and better! Thank you again for wording so nicely our restaurant! Respectfully Gigio Palazzo Matteo Caretti More 

Seneca, South Carolina
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56 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed February 16, 2017

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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Gigio P, General Manager at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this review

Pasta on the light side! It is also merit of the organic ingredients we use! Thank you! Matteo More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Families with children, Kids
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?