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“Good local place.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of El Ancla

El Ancla
Ranked #36 of 63 Restaurants in Playa Samara
Cuisines: Costa Rican, Seafood, South American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
cape cod, MA/naples, FL
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93 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Good local place.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Fish dinners for $10.were reasonably priced. Service great and as many locals as tourists. Beach location can not be beat.

Visited November 2012
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Playa Samara
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Super Food On The Beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Great food, service and atmosphere - what else can you ask for? We live in Samara and enjoy having so many places to go to, and Ancla is one of our favorites!

Visited November 2012
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Seattle, Washington
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Beachfront Dining”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Delicious food, incredible value, with the ocean just steps away. We loved our dinner here! Very romantic with the outdoor lighting and candlelit tables.

Visited October 2012
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Brentwood, TN
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Pretty good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

Nothing show stopping, but I was very pleased with my meal. Moderately priced. I had the chicken cordon bleu with fries and grilled veggies. This place is on the beach and there were A LOT of dogs that would come up and sit at your feet with sad puppy dog eyes waiting for a scrap of food. These dogs looked very well fed but it's hard not to toss them a little something. If you do the same, be sure to do it at the end of your meal so they're not bugging you the whole time. :)

Visited September 2012
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Farmville, Virginia
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228 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Good and consistent”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

We ate here four different times, four different meals, and each time we were not disappointed. I think El Ancla is slightly over-priced because of its location right on the beach, but they have a varied menu, and the food is good. Not gourmet, and not excellent, but consistently good. Service and atmosphere are good, too.

Visited July 2012
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