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Lemon Zest Restaurant

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$$$
Seafood, Central American, International
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El Jardin Plaza, Jaco 4023, Costa Rica
506 26432591
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Park City, Utah
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went to lemon zest with our family of four. We ate and drank very well and had great service from Ivan. The specials were very good and the appetizers excellent--- the lobster bites and crab cakes were the best. If I was in Jaco and had the time and the $ I would go back for sure.

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Jaco, Costa Rica
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Dear John, Thank you for providing us with such happiness and delicious food. Your descriptions of said food was unlike anything I've ever experienced in my life. I found love in a hopeless place. The lobster bites and brie for appetizers were AMAZING. The balsamic dressing on the portobello/eggplant salad was the best I've ever had! And the lobster was... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While in Costa Rica we were visiting friends who have lived here for almost 10 years so they definitely know what they are talking about when it comes to food and Lemon Zest is one of their go-tos! The specials were all amazing and the group favorites were the taquito appetizer, the duck and the steak. The chocolate espresso martini... More 

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New Jersey
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Recommended by men we met at our hotel pool bar so stopped in while visiting Jaco. You may miss it as its upstairs in a little plaza. Ate dinner at 5PM when they opened; staff was very friendly and welcoming. OUr waiter Ryan was awesome - from the US - helped us with menu and drinks, as well as local... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Service was very good and friendly. Waiter was very knowledgeable of the menu items. Majority of wait staff were from North America which we thought was unusual for Costa Rica. Ordered duck but was told it would be cooked medium (little pinkish) so fearing eating under-cooked poultry might be risky, I asked that they cook it a bit more. However... More 

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Thank Shirley D
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14 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Richard and Nellie, the owners are as delightful as the food. Always make us feel right at home and the food is delicious, desserts are incredible and all made in house. They source quality ingredients and assemble them in ways I've never imagined, yum!

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Huntington Beach, California
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family of four with two teenagers recently had dinner at Lemon Zest while in Jaco, Costa Rica and we really enjoyed our meal. The food was great and the staff were fun and outgoing and made our meal all the better. Would definitely recommend Lemon Zest when in Jaco.

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Thank SEL1006
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I don't like fish in general but sear yellow tuna with garlic mash potatoes was something else. We ordered duck as well and it was really good too. Kiwi martini had more vodka than juice. Really good stuff. Will definitely come back in the future

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Charleston, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our group of six arrived after 8 PM and were greeted by the restaurant manager and wait staff. For the middle of the week, I think we saw that they were suppose to close at 9 PM, however, everyone was happy to see us and was helpful and attentive. Their lobster pasta was on the specials, as well as the... More 

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Clifton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is a gem but if you want quiet ,not going to happen. I always have great food and service. The buffalo lobster is signature dish. The duck is to die for and the ahi tuna is always fresh and tasty. There salads are creative and I love their spicy pasta dish which they will custom make. Nelly and... 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
Average prices
$38
Cuisine
Seafood, Central American, International
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: El Jardin Plaza, Jaco 4023, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Jaco
  • Phone Number: 506 26432591
Description
Located in the heart of Main street in Jaco, Costa Rica.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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