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“Great food”

Gingerbread Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 22 Restaurants in Nuevo Arenal
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $50
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Gingerbread is a fine restaurant and boutique hotel perfectly situated along Lake Arenal in Costa Rica. Operated by a charismatic and talented culinary master, Chef Eyal absolutely works magic with food. We’ll serve you an amazing international cuisine, delicious top shelf drinks, and exceptional overnight accommodations. . Our world class B&B, restaurant, and bar is open Tuesday through Saturdays to travelers and guests. We invite you to stay and experience Costa Rica with us. Come and eat, drink then take a leisurely stroll back to your comfortable room to relax. We start every morning with a delicious hot breakfast and end every evening with an exceptional three-course meal created by the Chef.
Reviewed June 4, 2013

Amazing food, everything was so fresh and perfectly cooked. The Chef Eyal is certainly a character. I can see how some people might find him a bit over the top, but the food he delivered was amazing and he just added to the experience. Make sure to finish everything on your plate! and let Chef Eyal order for you! You will not be disappointed!

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Thank Kristy G
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

Chef Ayel creates incredible and varied dishes which all surprised this less than adventuress 'meat & potatoes' guy. Moroccan Beef, duck quesadillas, succulent San Luis ribs and incredible salads kept me replete and away from the competition 3 days running. No reason to look elsewhere. Terrific staff anticipated needs, often before I recognized them. I recommend highly and would drive from anywhere in Costa Rica for the experience.

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Thank rwgjhwk
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Reviewed April 27, 2013

The Chef Eyal is a world class chef and the epitome of a foodie. His food is amazing and unique. He features 4 items a day on his menu, 3 salads, and 3 desserts. The prices look very expensive until they explain that the courses are large enough to share and they truly are. The tropical salad is to die for and his ribs were fall off the bone fantastic. The hotel is small with only 3 rooms and 2 casitas but the service was worth of a 5 star hotel. All of the staff makes you feel like family and they are forth coming with suggestions for attractions and things to do. Would definitely go back and recommended to everyone we met while in Costa Rica

Thank ellipegg
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

We were lucky enough to find this place, and it was a meal highlight of our 3-week trip to Costa Rica. The owner and chef, Ayel, was incredible, funny, outrageous, and eccentric. And the food was just incredible, every bit of it. The ambiance was wonderful, and although we didn't stay there, the individually-themed bungalows looked amazing! Don't miss it!

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Thank Ken T
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Our family went here on recommendation and also by reviews. We were not disappointed. You need a reservation we were told. It has a cool ambience - good music, lighting, and a warm and casual service. They welcome children openly. The chef/owner is a presence - it matters a lot to him what you think and the quality of the food brought out. He is charismatic and takes breaks to joke around and chat with regulars there - you can hear him passionately discussing and even arguing and singing! The portions are enormous! We had 2 salads (blackened tuna was really good), a mushroom appy (delicious and rich) and a few entrees - everything was more than good. They wrap all the leftovers up - we had food enough to feed everyone the next morning, all very happily!! This place is a experience in itself. It is worth going out of your way to go. Highest recommendation.

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1  Thank Chilling44
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