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“A jewel in the jungle” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Lemon Zest Restaurant

Lemon Zest Restaurant
Ranked #8 of 142 Restaurants in Jaco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $38
Cuisines: Seafood, Central American, International
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Located in the heart of Main street in Jaco, Costa Rica.
Cankton, La
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“A jewel in the jungle”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2013

Lemon Zest is a wonderful restaurant in a surfer town. The food is excellent and although a little pricey for its surroundings, its prices are average for the US. The appetizers, main courses, and desserts are wonderful. The bar is well stocked as well.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank John R
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San Francisco, California
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great meal and muy romantico!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2013

This was an upstairs restaurant and the food was chef-quality. Very delicious. The dining area was simple and elegant. It was a really lovely and romantic meal. We loved it!

Visited March 2013
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Orlando, Florida, United States
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Heard such great things...complete let down and very expensive”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2013

We showed up the first day, and they said they were closed to the public because they were putting on a celebration for their 5 years of being open..so they closed!! WOW! Then we came back the next night. We ordered the lobster bites which were ok, but nothing to brag about. We ordered a bowl of potato soup...very watery and had no flavor at all!!! For the entree we ordered the Filet. It was so chewy, and had no flavor to it. It was awful. We told our server, and another guy that walked by that it wasn't good. They said sorry, you ordered the worst thing on the menu. We asked our server before dinner what he suggested, and he said the steak. It was gross. They then said, "oh well come back another day and try something better"...are you serious...why would we spend another 50.00/person for something we didn't already like. They should have offered a voucher to come back at least. Not impressed at all, and I would go to anywhere else in Jaco then to go to this restaurant. Defiantly lacking a lot!!!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Littleton, Colorado, United States
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Awesome!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

Incredible food. Staff was really great. We had a small wedding reception there with folks with lots of food allergies and gluten restrictions. They accomodated everyone and even made us a gluten free wedding cake. I can't say enough about these wonderful folks. Definitely will return there again!

Visited July 2013
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Miami, Florida, United States
1 review
“Best Food Experience in Jaco”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013

One night, some friends and I decided to take the advice from a taxi driver about places to eat. He enthusiastically recommended Lemon Zest; we weren't disappointed! Yes the food was great, (the majority of us had the mahi mahi dish) but what stood out the most was the SERVICE!! After experiencing extremely slow and non-existent customer service in Costa Rica and Panama, our server Ivan was a breath of fresh air. He had us drooling over the menu options as he explained each special to us in great detail and our drinks/appetizers were on the table in a matter of minutes. We had a large group (6+) and many of us decided to split our main courses. Ivan took the liberty to have the dishes split in the kitchen before it got to us, meaning no extra plates and no division of the meal ourselves. This may not seem like a big deal but considering what we had experienced elsewhere in Costa Rica, the attention to detail was a plus. When we tasted the dishes my normally chatty group became quiet as we cleaned our plates and sent them back to the kitchen spotless. Delicious. What an overall pleasant experience, so much so that in the two days we were in Jaco we seriously considered dining at Lemon Zest for a second time.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Chelsea G
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