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“What a terrific lunch in Puerto Jimenez!”
Review of Il Giardino

Il Giardino
Price range: $7 - $15
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Description: Located on the Ocean drive Beach, we have some tables just on the water, for a scenic sunset dinner with candlelight and Soft Eclectic Music. it is more than 14 years that Il GIardino is rising the bar of the quality of Food, Service and Ambient, establishing the comparative mark for local and not local restaurant. This Year we started serving, first in town ever, GRILLED WHOLE FISH AND ITALIAN STYLE " FIORENTINA " STEAK, obtaining great appreciation from our Guests. We try to use, the most is possible, local products for our plates, and we, as always, produce our homemade Pasta and Bread, being, again, the only one in this. We utilize only Local Farmer Meat, that we season following the Old Italian Tradition from Toscana and Piemonte, and we prepare it on the Grill, just in front of our Guests. Our BANANA-BOMBA dessert is an unique creation of us, and somebody says that "...it is the Tiramisu' of future!!" The Fresh Fruit drinks we prepare and the Cocktails are always made with fresh fruit and no prefabricated mix are involved in them. We are the Culinary experience you are looking for in the OSA!!
Boquete, Panama
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“What a terrific lunch in Puerto Jimenez!”
Reviewed August 24, 2012

Imagine eating sushi followed by homemade pumpkin ravioli! Not only was the sushi perfectly prepared and artistically presented, it was delicious! Since we were in an Italian restaurant, we had to sample one of the many fresh pastas. We couldn't resist the pumpkin-stuffed ravioli which was another big hit. Owner and chef, Julio, and chef, Jimmy, explained how they achieved the flavor and texture of the pumpkin filling. They enthusiastically shared the recipe and, now, we can try it at home. At the end of our lunch, we asked Cecilia, Julio's wife, if they offered any cool coffee beverages. She created and brought us a wonderfully delicious iced coffee with a touch a ice cream that hit the spot! This is a must visit again when we return to Puerto Jimenez.

  • Visited August 2012
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Unique pasta dishes”
Reviewed August 23, 2012

I've eaten here several times and always enjoy the pumpkin ravioli, bow tie pasta with walnuts, and onion and gorganzola pizza. The atmosphere is nice, with a great ocean view.

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank DragonJourney
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New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Most incredible spaghetti”
Reviewed August 6, 2012

I ate here only once, much to my dismay. I had spaghetti and it was fantastic. Got hit by a brief but strong downpour before we got our food but were back on the patio before it arrived. I highly recommend eating here not only for the great food but the cozy atmosphere and friendly staff.

Visited February 2012
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Thank Shawn R
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Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“a excellent restaurant !”
Reviewed July 14, 2012

II Giardino is an excellent restaurant, wit great service, great food and a exceeanlt view of the Golfo Dulce. What more are ask for..?

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank jjpodson
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Kortrijk, Belgium
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“great european taste with a tico flavour”
Reviewed June 10, 2012

a cozy place where you feel welcome in a laid back atmosphere. the food is always fresh and tastes delicious. come here to relax and to enjoy a great meal. ask for the special and have a chat with the owners if you want to know the good stuff down in the osa!

  • Visited January 2012
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