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El Ancla

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Seafood, South American, Costa Rican
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Meters East Of the Main Beach Entrance 175, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 0716
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Charleston, South Carolina
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Wonderful location!! Right on the beach with great views and outdoor seating. Good drink prices and appetizers. Great place to hang out and relax.

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Fredericton, Canada
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153 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great supper. A nice table on the beach, good music but you didn't have to shout to be heard. The beer was cold and food was wonderful. The house sauce on my fish fillet was a tantalizing curry sauce with chunks of pineapple papaya and banana. Sounds a little bit over the top but it was amazing.

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San Leandro, California
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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Though not as nicely decorated as it's neighbor, this restaurant served us decent seafood at moderate prices right on the beach.

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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Cheapest Imperial beers we've found in Samara so far, and the super nachos are really good. The atmosphere is laid back beachfront , if you're expecting something fancy go somewhere else. If you want something a bit divey with good food and cheap beers this is your place.

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Thank Tracey L
Kahl am Main, Germany
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Recommended. Traditional and local. Specialised in seafood. No hustle or posh setting, right on the beach. Thks, Ted (Tener) for warm welcome.

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San Antonio, Texas
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The staff wasn't very friendly. The food was OK, not great. The servers didn't look to be in a good mood.

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Thank Josemeritus
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We do not spend a lot for hotels but good food and wine is very important for us. After three weeks in Costa Rica this was the best restaurant we enjoyed. Fish or meet both where perfect and the wine had the perfect temperature and very good quality. The meet was even better than in the famous grill restaurant in... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Caipirinha were great an karaoke was super fun. Waitstaff worked very hard making sure everyone had what they needed.

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Nürnberg
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

Great place, great food and an awesome view! Been there twice since we liked it so much. Try the "filet de pollo al caribe" - loved it. We paid 13500₡ for two drinks and to "filets"....totally worth it

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minneapolis
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

After weeks off the grid on rice and beans, I chose El Ancla for my celebratory cheeseburger and beer. Apparently being solo was annoying to my server. Also asking and not completely understanding the wifi password appeared annoying. My burger was horrible, and tasted a bit of fish. I was unable to get another beer, or my check. So i... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Seafood, South American, Costa Rican
Meals
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Meters East Of the Main Beach Entrance 175, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
  • Phone Number: +506 2656 0716

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