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“A delightful surprise”
Review of Los Tamarindos

Los Tamarindos
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $22
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Mexican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Organic Farm & Restaurant with a daily produce market and cooking classes, organic tours and much more!
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95 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“A delightful surprise”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

We had tried going last March without success. It was closed when we finally found it. This year we found it easier thanks to the signage from Farmer's Market. A lovely meal with terrific service. The vegetable market is expensive and not as attractive as Flora's. An oddity was that they didn't seem to get the need for bread with the carb free meals (Vegetable Extravaganza and Mahi Mahi) we ordered.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank Newfie-Traveller07
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English first
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71 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Everything Involved in Dining”
Reviewed December 28, 2012

Los Tamarindos describes itself as "Daily Market, Organic Farm, Cooking School & Restaurant" and they excel in almost every area. Owner/operator Enrique Silva embraces organic food and designs his menus to utilize his own current crops and those of his neighbors. The cooking school starts with a tour of the farm, featuring the importance of organic farming and moves to an outdoor kitchen area. Cooks tips abound as the participants enjoy hands-on for preparation and finishes by enjoying the plentiful lunch that they prepared. The lunch and dinner menus are the same, so lunch is recommend for the views and ease of travel.

Visited December 2012
Thank Stuart S
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604 reviews
305 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 211 helpful votes
“What a great afternoon we had here”
Reviewed December 18, 2012

We did the discussion on organic farming, went down to the farm itself, then came back up to the guest area/kitchen/restaurant and did our cooking class. We had a group of 7 + others who were there and everyone had a great time. Plus, the food was delicious. My kid was 13 and really enjoyed himself because he could participate. Smaller kids who couldn't participate probably would get very antsy during the organic farming discussions and the cooking.

We will go back next time we are in San Jose or Cabo. It's easily worth the drive over from Cabo.

  • Visited March 2012
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Thank MileHighJacket
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“We would not recommend Ever!”
Reviewed December 2, 2012

We went to this place because of all the great reviews and boy, were we disappointed. We made the mistake of bringing our children, and this is NOT a child friendly Place! The experience left us speechless, and wondering who is writing all of the great reviews, Friends? Our kids were in danger, there are power lines and drop offs everywhere, they refused to make ANYTHING that the kids could eat, and even the goat stew we had was inedible. I would not recommend to families!

  • Visited December 2012
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1 Thank Donna K
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Lourdes K, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Los Tamarindos, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
Dear Donna,
Thanks for coming to Los Tamarindos. We are so sorry about you experience in our restaurant. We had have many children at the place without problem. The food is for both, adults and children. The only thing is that we don't have another food out of the menu in the place. That is our concept. The reviews are written by people who enjoy to live a new experience, rounded of nature and freedom.
We'd like you to come again fot getting out the bad taste of our restaurant.
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Vista, California
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“Can't wait to go again”
Reviewed November 30, 2012

I had seen the reviews on this place and thought there was no way it could be that good. Well it was and more. We decided to try our luck at finding our way out there (it was actually pretty easy because of the signs) and when we arrived we just knew it was going to be a special lunch. Don't go there if you are in a hurry... not to say the sevice was slow because it wasn't, it is that they cook everything fresh to order (except for the obvious like the daily soup) and some things may take a bit of time. Be patient, it's worth it.

The chef came out to introduce himself and chat with us for a bit. He had also brought us the house welcome margarita made with tamarind (yum) and a bite of some veggie thing that was incredible.

We decided to splurge and share a nice bottle of wine and take our time to just enjoy looking at the gardens and appreciating the very relaxing ambiance. We started by sharing the roasted vegetable extravaganza and we were thrilled. They were perfectly prepared and gently seasoned with herbs from the garden. Then my husband ordered the cornish game hen (or chicken as they call it) and it was outstanding! If I wasn't loving my 2 different soups and the tamarindo salad so much I would have wished I ordered that hen.

After our delicious and relaxing lunch the chef told us to enjoy and walk the gardens if we liked and we did. The grounds are something special that you wouldn't expect on a regular Mexican vacation stop. We can't wait to return maybe even on this stay and possibly for the cooking classes. I have a feeling it would be an awesome experience.

Thank you Chef Enrique and staff for making our lunch one of the best ever :)

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank collinger
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