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Sabanero Steakhouse

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JW Marriott Gunacaste Resort & Spa | Hacienda Pinilla, Santa Cruz 50301, Costa Rica
506-2681-2000
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Worlds Oceans
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

So, my family and I spent our evening at Sabanero. My daughters were able to order off the kid's meal...but may as well have ordered off the main menu their food was so nicely done. Our meals (the wife and I) were perfect and seasoned appropriately. The service was stellar. The wine top notch. There were so many small things... More 

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Thank Thor H
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58 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

We ate here for dinner one night (you need reservations) while staying at the resort. The steaks, and sides were very good and the service was excellent. I highly recommend the apple crochet which we had for dessert.

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Thank Creston K
Atlanta, Georgia
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2016

We were a little disappointed in the filet (8 ounce). We were craving beef after a week of seafood. The cut was not what we were expecting - mine looked like skirt steak and not prepared med rare as requested. My husband returned his for the med rare he requested (received well done). I had finished my dinner by the... More 

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Thank Paulette G
GM_JWGuanacaste, Manager at Sabanero Steakhouse, responded to this review

Dear Paulette G; I regret to know that our Sabanero Steak House did not meet your expectations. However I am glad that you have enjoyed our Beef Carpaccio and we truly appreciate your feedback since is what we need to improve. Your comments have been share with all our team so hopefully you will see the change during your next... More 

new york
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40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2016

Sabanero is delicious and fresh from start to finish, and the wait staff will do anything to make sure you are having a wonderful dining experience. My family has diverse eaters--from young child, steak eater, to two vegetarians, and Sabanero had menus and delicious food for all of us. We have been out of the hotel many nights, but have... More 

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Thank rainbug
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2016

This was our last dinner meal before we pack up and leave. I have to say all the restaurants in the resort has been excellent and we saved the best for last. We had a magnitude of servers. We had a special called Carne Fiesta. I was a huge steak platter with four different cuts. My wife and I shared.... More 

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Thank Ron B
Erie, Colorado
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2016

My husband and I booked a last minute dinner here. The meal was absolutely incredible, (and I can't believe they even had openings)! The waiter, David, was amazing. He was personable, knowledgeable, and you could tell he had a lot of pride in what he was doing as well as the chef he was representing. We started the meal by... More 

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Thank AandAKlein
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015 via mobile

Here for a conference and ate here TWICE. First night, followed a bad steak at the other hotel restaurant, so was a bit leery, but the filet was SO tender. Crab stuffed mashed potatoes were an interesting twist. Would've liked a bigger portion but... Lobster was incredibly tender. The signature after dinner drink was tasty (reminiscent of a cinnamon schnapps).... More 

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Thank David B
Redlands, California
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38 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

The service was excellent. Not only were they able to provide gluten free food but served gluten free bread and prepared my dinner with care. Often I have to be thankful that I am receiving GF food, however they made my food interesting and appetizing.

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Thank Intrepid M
Monclova, Ohio
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

We sat at the bar and we were waited on by the bartender who was very knowledgeable about the menu and drinks. We arrived at 7:30pm and there were only two tables of patrons. We were the last guests to arrive. The Marriott has a crazy policy that you cannot book a time between 7-8 pm.. yet with an occupancy... More 

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Thank David S
Katy
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

The atmosphere was acceptable and the overall service was good. No real complaints with the food other than the steaks were tougher than expected for a filet.

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Thank Ppcdslp
GM_JWGuanacaste, Manager at Sabanero Steakhouse, responded to this review

Dear Ppcdslp, I am glad to know that liked our service and I hope you have enjoyed the resort. On the other hand I regret to hear that your experience at Sabanero was not what you expected. Sabanero is one of the best restaurants in the area and is also one of the favorite for our guests. We hope to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Steakhouse
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: JW Marriott Gunacaste Resort & Spa | Hacienda Pinilla, Santa Cruz 50301, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: 506-2681-2000

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