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Beachfront, 100 mt East from Pubblic Pier, Puerto Jimenez 60702, Costa Rica
506 2 735 51 29
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Wow! This restaurant is wonderful! First of all, the location is beautiful, right next to the sea. The food is delicious and made with so much love and attention (by an Italian chef!). On top of that, the hostess Cecilia and her husband are the most loving and warm people we've met. They also have rooms for rent (recommended!), and... More 

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Thank Jorien91
Warwick, New York
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016

I LOVE this restaurant! I've eaten at Il Giardino before but this was the first time at their newer waterfront location. If it's possible, the food is even better than its always been! We had the past with pesto, pasta with bolognese sauce and pizza. We also had one of the most delicious heart of palm salad that I've ever... More 

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Thank keymarina
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5 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2016 via mobile

We was there before one week. Pizza and Milanese was very weak and pasta was average/good. Value for money very poor.

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Thank Tomas D
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2016 via mobile

After reading positive reviews we chose to have dinner here. I had filet of fish with vegetables which turned out to be an overcooked tuna steak ( no asking how I wanted it cooked) and oily onion and peppers. The " included" Rosemary bread had to be requested and was stale bread briefly fried in oil and rosemary. This dish... More 

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Thank Anne M
IlGiardinoPJ, Manager at Il Giardino, responded to this review

Overcooked is a relative concept. If I want something cooked in a certain way or grade, I always specify it to the waiter.....if not, the chef will prepare it as the the standard way, and our Standard way is "medium"....just for to try to fit with the most of the Guests Taste..... sorry if you wanted it red or rare....you... More 

Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2016

My husband and I sat at the table in the picture! It was at night, though, but sitting right next to the ocean by candle light was great. The food and drinks were very good. Nice spot. Definitely recommend.

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Thank lvorkink
Sebastopol, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015 via mobile

One meal here - seafood plus a gin and tonic - was good, with pleasant atmosphere and service from the owners' daughter. Didn't find prices to be any higher than other places on the waterfront, and this place is a bit more tranquil than most.

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Thank Don L
Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015 via mobile

This is a good place indeed. Food that tastes great. Unfortunately it is sooo expensive!! Keep that in mind. I am not sure if prices and quality go together here. Up to you!

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Thank Canyoneering
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015 via mobile

The best meal we've had for our entire 2 week stay in Costa Rica. Amazing homemade pasta by the chef owner himself. Great homemade raviolis , Everything was just perfect and made with love . If you're craving really great Italian food this is the place. Gerry Quinn

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Thank Gerry Q
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This is a restaurant with rooms to rent in the back. We stayed here for several nights while visiting Corcovado. The rooms are basic and the restaurant is excellent. We sat on the beach and watched the moon rise.

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Thank tcty45
Santiago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Great food though a little on the pricey side, it's one of the more romantic places to go to in Puerto Jimenez - good for dates. Italian food and great service. On the waterfront! Highly recommend for a special occasion

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Thank Harriette R

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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
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $15
Cuisine
Italian, Pizza, Seafood, International, Mediterranean
Meals
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children, Large groups, Romantic, Dining on a budget
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Beachfront, 100 mt East from Pubblic Pier, Puerto Jimenez 60702, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Osa Peninsula  >  Puerto Jimenez
  • Phone Number: 506 2 735 51 29
Description
Located on the Ocean drive Beach, we have some tables just on the water, for a scenic sunset dinner with candlelight and Soft Eclectic Music.
it is more than 14 years that Il GIardino is rising the bar of the quality of Food, Service and Ambient, establishing the comparative mark for local and not local restaurant.
This Year we started serving, first in town ever, GRILLED WHOLE FISH AND ITALIAN STYLE " FIORENTINA " STEAK, obtaining great appreciation from our Guests.
We try to use, the most is possible, local products for our plates, and we, as always, produce our homemade Pasta and Bread, being, again, the only one in this.
We utilize only Local Farmer Meat, that we season following the Old Italian Tradition from Toscana and Piemonte, and we prepare it on the Grill, just in front of our Guests.
Our BANANA-BOMBA dessert is an unique creation of us, and somebody says that "...it is the Tiramisu' of future!!"
The Fresh Fruit drinks we prepare and the Cocktails are always made with fresh fruit and no prefabricated mix are involved in them.
We are the Culinary experience you are looking for in the OSA!!

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