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Lemon Zest Restaurant

#10 of 114 Restaurants in Jaco
Certificate of Excellence
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El Jardin Plaza, Jaco 4023, Costa Rica
+506 2643 2591
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Melbourne, Florida
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41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Brought our fresh caught grouper to Lemon Zest to be prepared on a recommendation from our captain. The chef prepared it three different ways. First were the lightly breaded grouper fingers which were fabulous. the remaining fish was prepared in a fracaise lemon butter caper sauce and blackened in a tomatilla sauce. Both were equally tantalizing. Best meal in Costa... More 

Thank FLPappy
Tampa, Florida
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57 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a great meal. Dinner drinks and dessert came to a $100. Pricey for CR I gather but I thought the food was flavorful, service and drinks were great. I also had a mango margarita and thought it was very good.

Thank NickySixx
San Francisco, California
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Quality was for sure not bad, but this place does not thrill you with Costa Rican charme at all. It tries to be an American upscale restaurant/place, but doesn't culturally fit Jaco - nor would the food.

Thank 510roland
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The place is overrated. True, the food was very good, but we had better at Graffiti for a comparable money (expensive!). The waiter wasn't paying much attention to us. Not rude, but not friendly either. Mango margarita was awful (how can you screw up that?!), and the "Hawaiian" drink was so so. ($20 for both).

Thank Andrzej C
San Diego, CA
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Our server Bryan was wonderful. It was a pleasant surprise to be in a nice restaurant in which the service matched the food. Being a chef myself, I am always very critical of my food experiences. I had nothing to say but good things. The food was outstanding. We were there for Valentine's without a reservation. They got us in... More 

Thank JadeBeetle
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

During our stay in Jaco, four of us ate at Lemon Zest. We went with the chef's specialty, duck. It was absolutely excellent!

Thank Mike S
Newtown, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Ask for the Duck! The best meal in town. Staff is excellent, and best blackberry mojito ever. It was so good, we went back for another night.

Thank X8521GAdonnad
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The food was great and service was amazing! Ryan our server was perfect! We had tried graffiti and we were not as happy as lemon zest!

Thank Ashley M
Grande Prairie, Canada
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent 150 usd for the wife and I . Would give it a five but with price gave it a four. Server was not too friendly in our opinion if that was better it would have made our experience better.

Thank Donald W
Alexandria, Virginia
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140 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were a group of 8, here for a fine dining Valentines Day dinner, based on Trip Advisor & other reviews....upstairs in bustling downtown Jaco, more of a casual atmosphere than we expected. Very, very loud, service was abysmally slow, food was mediocre, at best, pricey & overrated

Thank mariava51

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Seafood, Central American, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: El Jardin Plaza, Jaco 4023, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Jaco
  • Phone Number: +506 2643 2591
Located in the heart of Main street in Jaco, Costa Rica.

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