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El Lagarto

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Seafood, Barbecue, South American, Central American, Costa Rican
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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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91 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

If you are looking for great steak at great price this is the place. We love coming here. Although not on the beach the atmosphere is good because your nestled off the main road. It's amazing to watch their cooking process at the grill. ..you'll go back again and again....one of my favorite things is the wooden plates!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

I ate at El Lagarto to celebrate my husband's birthday and were joined by 2 friends. We all agreed it was one of the best dining experiences we've ever had, not just in Samara! The place itself has a great ambiance and the food is fantastic. We had seafood and steak and loved it all. My husband, a critical steak... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

I was expecting this place to be good from the reviews and it exceeded my expectations! My husband and I ordered 3 meals (we were ravinous) and had 8 drinks (they have amazing 2 for 1 specials) and our bill was only $86! We each had a ribeye steak and shared a plate of ribs and the potions were very... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

If you want to get away from the daily 'arroz con pollo', this is the place to go. We went with a large group; good service and drinks, and absolutely great BBQ, both fish or meat. Well seasoned, nice smoky taste. Bit higher than average priced, but worth it (did not ask for lobster though :). Side note: unique charcoal... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

Some of our friends went on sea the afternoon for a fishing trip. They catched tuna, red snappers and other stuff. The chief cook prepared some great dishes with the fresh sea food. Lovely. Interior is very basic as well as the service.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

we've been going to El Lagarto for special nights out in Samara for 10 years now and, while it has expanded a bit and gained some welcome big fans and extra staff, it remains one of the must-see restaurants with beautiful food and impressive open grills. Instagrams of the steaks and ribs do not do justice to the quality and... More 

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Oakville, Ontario
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

The restaurant has great ambience in addition to very good food. The stuffed chicken dish was amazing.

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Fleet, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

Flaming wood grill, excellent squid starter made at request since was on the mains menu, top notch steaks. Kids rib portions a little on the teeny side, so if they're hungry go for adult - it's not much more. Good wine selection, and wine is looked after too.

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Eugene, OR, USA
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

This was off the beaten path a bit, but when we found it we liked it. Dark streets, with puddles. Seemed sketchy until we got there. The food was excellent. I really enjoyed the steak and the barbecued baked potato was as excellent as well. This was one of the few places we found in Samara that takes credit cards,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

Best food in Samara!!! Discovered this wonderful restaurant at the tail end of our trip! We ate at El Largarto our last two nights! Great food! Worth the price!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Seafood, Barbecue, South American, Central American, Costa Rican
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Romantic, Bar Scene, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Playa Samara, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?