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“Very good food, shame about the wait!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of house esmeralda

house esmeralda
Ranked #9 of 63 Restaurants in Playa Samara
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood, Central American, Costa Rican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Reading, United Kingdom
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156 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Very good food, shame about the wait!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013 via mobile

We ate here as people have highly recommended the seafood including lobster. The restaurant was busy and most people appeared to already be eating however for whatever reason it took over an hour to receive our order including 45mins for some garlic bread. By this point we had almost polished off a bottle of wine. When the food did come it was tasty but much of the seafood was on the verge of being overcooked which let the side down slightly. The whole grilled snapper was the best part in our view.

To sum up, the restaurant is definitely worth a visit for the good food but they really need to work on their prep times!!

    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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English first
Menlo Park, California
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Good food and best value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

I cannot find any cheaper place to eat in Samara than here. I loved the grilled fish dish which is 3200 colones (less than $7) which comes with salad, black beans, rice, plantains. I also tried the chicken with cheese which is ok. Too bad it was close on Sunday or I would go back 3 days in a row for dinner!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank PinkBear2
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Paris, France
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43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Best place in Samara”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

This is by far the best restaurant in Samara.
We had the lobster which was excellent as well as the seafood pasta. Even the casados are good.
Prices are reasonable but not cheap.
This is supposed to be the only local restaurant in Samara which makes us want to eat there even more.
Service friendly and genuine.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank pcberlin1
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Richmond, California
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Pretty good”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Easy to find, right in the main area of Samara. Food was pretty good. I had the spaghetti with seafood and was very happy with my meal. The others in my party thought the food was ok so I went with an average rating. Ambiance is nice. Pricing was good also.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank Amber S
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Austin
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16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“The BEST place to eat in Samara!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

We ate at Casa Esmeralda numerous times. Meals (chicken, seafoods, pastas) were always excellent. Service was very good, fast, and friendly. Prices were about the best in Samara. We would eat there again and again.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank musicman107
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