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El Lagarto

) #4 of 52 Restaurants in Playa Samara ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ Seafood, Barbecue,
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 0750
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good25%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“baked potato” (45 reviews)
“steak” (120 reviews)
“surf and turf” (27 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Seafood, Barbecue, Central American, Costa Rican, Gluten Free Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 3 February 2015

Very good meat prepared over a unique BBQ system. The restaurant is set up with undercover and outdoor seating. The meal is served on big thick solid wood slabs and well presented, while the meat is prepared over hot coals which slide down inclined ramps...More

Thank jandm9002
Reviewed 31 January 2015

The best meat from the charcoal grill across Samara or even Costa Rica. Nice and attentive service , good wines . During our 3 weeks in Samara we went several times to thie very nice, and outstanding restaurant. Mägi + Rolf

Thank Bischi_R
Reviewed 29 January 2015

This place is a bit spendy but worth it! The grilled vegetables and proteins were very flavorful. The roasted garlic app is a must! We have been here twice in a week!

Thank StPaulMnBeachbum32
Reviewed 25 January 2015

this restaurant is a tipical grill restaurant. They think that seving large amounts of food makes the quality of a meal. Indeed the peces of meat and calamars where for two instead of for one person. The seasoning of the food was very poor. The...More

Thank BrusselsGlobetrotter
Reviewed 19 January 2015

We ate at Lagarto again after not having been there in 5 years. The location has changed, and it is no longer a beachrestaurant. But still equally good and we thoroughly loved eating there again and eating the best tuna possible....

1  Thank Kikker G
Reviewed 18 January 2015

The food was just as wonderful as we remembered it from last year. Not only are the tenderloins great, but the roasted whole potato, roasted whole tomato and grilled zuccini slice are also incredibly delicious. I had the 11 oz beef tenderloin (filet mignon) for...More

1  Thank Maureen S
Reviewed 15 January 2015

worth looking for. Great ambiance, great food, great staff. It's a little pricey for the area which is why i gave it a 4. Six of us had starters, steak & sea food meals, one bottle of wine, 6 mixed drinks and 5 special coffees...More

1  Thank Brian G
Reviewed 14 January 2015

Great food, good variety, attentive staff. Excellent wine. Definitely worth your effort to get there.

1  Thank Staci S
Reviewed 13 January 2015

What a dinner! This place is definitely off the beaten path and was an adventure to get there. It is also the priciest of the restaurants in the area which to us being from Boston was really not expensive at all. The food is cooked...More

1  Thank Edward J
Reviewed 6 January 2015

My husband and I read reviews of this restaurant before we went- it was highly received. It did not disappoint! The open BBQ pit with the roasting potatoes smelled great when we walked in. Our server stopped by often and always kept our drinks full....More

1  Thank MelissaShoff
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Janet C
15 March 2017|
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Response from green4eva | Reviewed this property |
It is on a side street off of the hwy to Nosara. Go past the Pali grocery store, turn left after Mama Gui. There is a sign at the corner for it and the camping, it is right near the camp ground. We probably would have never... More
27 January 2017|
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Response from Pete R | Reviewed this property |
yes they accept credit. there are only a few that do.
Maureen S
18 January 2015|
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Response from maluyna | Reviewed this property |
Yes it s now at manglar place, same (high) prices but no beach front anymore...
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Seafood, Barbecue, Central American, Costa Rican, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Kids, Romantic, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Playa Samara, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
  • Phone Number: +506 2656 0750
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