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Reviewed March 5, 2022 via mobile

The restaurant is located of the beach but the dining room is attractive with lots of wood which bring a warm atmosphere. Disappointed by the food. The plate was attractive see photo but the fish seemed to be a frozen fish not fully defrosted..,vegetables very...good it’s a pity that the center piece failed in my view. Good cocktails. Personnel is friendly. I suspect It was bad luck for me because other guests -not too many - seemed happy with their selection.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed February 25, 2022 via mobile

Terrible place The worse customer service in my life They were rude to me They put wrong price in the check I don’t recommend you to visit this place

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed January 6, 2020

Super high quality of food, all products are nicely prepared and presented. When there with my host family (locals) and they were super happy of their choice! The ceviche is just delicious and super fresh. Recommended by tourist and Ticos !

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed November 23, 2019 via mobile

This place has gone under new management and is even better than before. They’ve changed the menu offering unique sauces and accompaniments to their dishes. They are locally sourcing the food and the flavors are incredible!! Wont disappoint..... Highly recommend!! My new favorite restaurant in...Samara!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 12, 2019 via mobile

I usually am of the if-you-can’t-say-something-nice persuasion but in this case, I felt compelled to criticize because there is still good potential here to correct issues. I came here just about a year ago and the food, ambience, and service were top notch. In fact,...as I was touring all of Costa Rica at the time, Sámara was at the top of the list to return for an extended stay and my visit at this restaurant last year clinched it. The menu has changed and with it the prices jumped. Okay, prices do that. I ordered the Mahi Mahi, what I thought was a safe bet with a side salad and sautéed potatoes (they were out of rice - how can that be?). The fish portion was small, tough and tasteless. I ordered it in a white wine sauce, but it seemed that the sauce served was completely different. There was no salad dressing either, on the salad or on the side, though the salad presentation was nice. Bread was served with olive oil but normally (maybe just what I’m used to) it is served with a plate to dip it. When I asked the waitress, she said you should pour the olive oil on each bread slice. But she kindly relented and brought me a plate anyway. The waitress/service was still very nice as well as the ambience, but come on - the food is still the most important thing. With all the other good restaurants in Sámara, I have a hard time justifying a return here especially at the higher prices.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 4, 2019 via mobile

We arrived in the off season so not too many choices for dinner. Stopped at Oh Lala as it seemed busier than other places, was actually one big group who seemed to know the owner well. I had the chicken quesadilla and my boyfriend had...the spaghetti bolognese, both were ok, I had a margarita and my bf had a beer, was around $50 Canadian for all, a tad over priced for what we had. Service was good, location not bad.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Rome M, Propriétaire at Oh Lala, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2019

Good evening your bill is 38.47 Canadian dolard exactly, 20% less than advertised. I do not find that expensive. there is much more expensive on samara. good end of stay in costa rica

Reviewed May 17, 2019

We were so happy that we stopped at this restaurant to eat, even though it was very quiet the lovely Argentinean waiter was so friendly and welcoming and gave us great recommendations on what to order. We both had different meals that were delicious and...the portions very big. The price was very reasonable for what we had and the excellent customer service is not something you get all the time.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed May 15, 2019 via mobile

May I suggest you to take cooking class before opening a restaurant... your food is so bad, better in any soda around. It’s a real job to cook not a hobbie specially when you charge 7000crc for a burger. I’m pretty sure in a couple...of month you won’t be there any more... or I hope. Dear trip advisor users please RUNAWAY!More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed April 17, 2019

A group of 5 of us had a really good meal here on a Monday night. We liked the location off the main street, facing a green. The passion fruit daiquiris we had to start were excellent. Some of us had pizzas but I had...6 jumbo prawns with ginger sauce, rice and salad, which was delicious. The Argentinian waiter was helpful and attentive and we all had a good meal and a good time.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed April 1, 2019

We ate here on our final night in Samara and the food was great. I had the pizza and my boyfriend had the special that night - the pizza was really good, but the special was average. The service was fantastic and our server was...really interesting to speak to. We had a lovely night but the restaurant is a little overpriced for what you get. Nice option off the main strip of Samara.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed March 24, 2019

This used to be one of our "go to" places in Samara. Not any more. Our last 2 meals here were very sub-par. My carnivore crepe was very bland and filled mostly with potatoes, and my other meal was almost inedible, including the yucca fries...which would have required a saw to cut. Portion sizes have also shrunk. I ate most of it because I was so hungry, but I did complain. They agreed it was bad and offered me a "free" brownee, which was also bad. They just don't seem to care about quality any more. And to top it off, they seem to have friends who regularly like to stop right in front of the restaurant to socialize and smoke. We won't be back.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed February 9, 2019 via mobile

We were corralled by Christian the friendly waiter to come in for a drink while we were walking by. So glad we did. They had amazing live entertainment, great street-side ambience, good sangria and margaritas. Pizza’s were on special for 4000 colones so we gave...it a go. Good portion for 2 to split or leftovers for 1. Amazing thin crust and flavour. We went back again for more. Christian made our night and greatly added to our overall Samara experience.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Rome M, Propriétaire at Oh Lala, responded to this reviewResponded February 22, 2019

hello happy to have participated in your stay in playa samara. I send your message to Chritian

Reviewed January 19, 2019 via mobile

I picked a different restaurant for every meal during my 5 days in Samara. I ordered pasta with seafood and was greatly disappointed when I noticed that in my pasta were many pieces of imitation crab meat. I pointed this out to the person who...asked how the meal was and he acted like he knew nothing and blamed the chef. In a coastal town you should be able to get quality seafood in your pasta dish but not at this restaurant.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Rome M, Propriétaire at Oh Lala, responded to this reviewResponded January 20, 2019

thank you for comment. Samara is actually place on the Pacific coast. it is difficult for us to find crustaceans. we are therefore dependent on our suppliers for this merchandise. we will therefore pay more attention during our next orders.

Reviewed January 19, 2019

Six of us went for dinner knowing this is more expensive than most restaurants in Samara Beach. Since most restaurants in town serve pretty great food and generous portions, we figured this would be at least that good. While the server was friendly and attentive,...the food was below average. Nothing was "bad" but servings were small and the food was disappointing. My husband had the special chili con carne (about $11 USD) and received a grapefruit sized serving of steamed white rice surrounded by a small moat of average tasting chili. I had a shrimp and avocado salad for the same price and it was lackluster compared to similar salads around town for $7. Our daughter had ricotta ravioli for $13 and the portion was small and it was smothered in a white sauce that made the dish really heavy. Our friend ordered a pizza ($13) and the kitchen forgot her order. Her pizza came out about a half hour after the rest of the food. When she asked the owner to comp her food, he said he couldn't but took off about half price. He seemed angry we asked instead of apologetic for their mistake. The other two at our table had the veggie lasagna, which they said was good. But with all the great food in Samara, there is absolutely no reason for us to visit here again.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Rome M, Propriétaire at Oh Lala, responded to this reviewResponded January 20, 2019

thank you for your commissary, but let's put things in their place. when preparing the order of the table, the pizza was indeed forgotten. we can only apologize for it. no one was angry as you say (we made a mistake), but my amazement at...More

Reviewed December 31, 2018

1 - this french family wants your business and they will work hard to make sure that you have a good time. 2- The food is good and a pretty diverse menu. I think the pizza crust is too thin. My Father in Law had...the fish and said it was cooked perfectly. 3- The family is so nice. It was fun to see them all working together to make it work.More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Rome M, Propriétaire at Oh Lala, responded to this reviewResponded January 20, 2019

Thanks for the comment. delighted that we are made the pleasant moment

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