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Ma Ma Gui

Banco National Main Road, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 2347
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“salad” (36 reviews)
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Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Banco National Main Road, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Reviewed yesterday

I always stop and I eat there. The wine is really tasteful. The people are really nice and the prices a normal for Costa Rica.

Thank Claus-Bernhardt J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went for dinner once there, we sat, order, ate and when we were going to pay our food told us: only in cash. I'm from Costa Rica, my friends and my husband aren't so I ask to the waiter it would have been nice...More

Thank Ben P
Gigio P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Ben I really love to answer to your review. First of all allow us to thank you for coming to MAMAGUI. My floor crew is extremely polite, otherwise they would not collect so many accolades from our customers. My guys speak multiple languages so...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ended up going here twice while in town. The food always delivered great taste. As good as anything you would find in a big city.

Thank Bruce B
Gigio P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

HI Bruce Thank you so much for the compliment. Yes indeed we come from a big city. NYC. We try hard every day to give a big city restaurant flair and food to Samara. 99% of the time we succeed Thank you Gigio

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I walked past this sweet place many times and decided to eat there on our last night in Playa Samara. John Carlos was our waiter and was such a pleasure to meet! We had their gnocchi and a lovely salad. Absolutely delicious....More

Thank Holly S
Gigio P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Holly We try humbly every day to deliver great service, excellent food and if we may a superb experience!!! Thank you from all of us!!! Gigio Palazzo

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wow, this place was packed every night understandably, lovely flavors, great salads, great variety wonderful service, the classiest place in Samara and not over price, good valueMore

Thank ninthtoe
Gigio P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. Independently for being classy or not, we enjoy what we do! We care for the food we cook and the ingredient we purchase! We hope next year we shall be 100% organic, grass fed meat and super fresh catch fish....More

Reviewed 19 April 2018

We were a family looking for a great place to eat. Each of us enjoyed our meal, and the live music that started while we were eating. Very comfortable for both children and adults. Many thanks to Walter our waiter, he was great, very good...More

Thank marty185
Gigio P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

A huge thanks from our kitchen and floor staff!!! Thanks Best Regards Gigio Palazzo

Reviewed 9 April 2018

We were a party of 7 and only one person opted to finish their meal. Some of the stuff we ordered appeared in pizza form but tasted like it should be part of something else. The bill contained an item we didn't order. On top...More

Thank Kevin B
Gigio P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2018

Dear Kevin We are sorry that oddly your experience at mamagui was not completely pleasant I would highlight that Samara is a vacation place and we welcome all age, sometimes kids are noisy. The extra beer charged on your bill was corrected and it was...More

Reviewed 8 April 2018

Ma Ma Gui is small but very quaint. We sat at the bar (beer, wine, liquor) and were so comfortable ended up eating dinner there. I had short ribs with gluten free pasta - outstanding dish with rich flavor. Husband had pizza and said it...More

Thank MT5700
Gigio P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2018

Thank you for defining Mamagui quaint!!! We love that word!!! We try everyday with great effort to deliver great products. Gigio Palazzo

Reviewed 7 April 2018

My Husband and I visited Costa Rica for the first time (March 25th to April 1). We were staying at an all inclusive just a 20 minute walk down the beach from Samara. I looked up restaurants in the town of Samara that had great...More

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Gigio P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2018

Thank you a zillion for your wonderful review!!!! We are working to diminish the road noise. Our Samara traffic committee is working with the local and transit police to enforce the law. Thank you again we hope to see you again Gigio Palazzo

Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We went twice during a weeks stay. Food is great, wine list is short but good, love music was excellent. If you sit outside you have to deal with a bit of road noise and exhaust, but you get to hear the chirping geckos overhead....More

Thank Mark N
Gigio P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2018

Thank you Mark to honor Mamagui with your presence more than once. Gigio

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1 February 2015|
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Response from knuelp | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, in addition the church is on that road, this might help as you can see it easily and the road also leads towards the Nosara gravel road.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Drinks, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Banco National Main Road, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
  • Phone Number: +506 2656 2347
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