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El Lagarto

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Seafood, Barbecue, Central American, Costa Rican
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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Randolph, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was a very good place. Steak was awesome and portions were good. Service was good! Prices were also reasonable. We took the taxi from our resort because we wanted a break from our resort food.

Thank jean5212
Sherwood Park, Canada
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had the mixed grill which is cooked over an open fire. So delicious! One of the few places that accepts credit cards.

Thank Cathy S
Sawyer, Michigan, United States
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

What a great place to eat. 3 couples eating steak and grilled red snapper. The grill master was a magician!

Thank Karl P
Randolph, Wisconsin
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Came here for dinner one night because we didn't enjoy our food at the resort we stayed at. The atmosphere is really cool and the majority of the staff spoke English so it was easy to communicate what you wanted. One thing I would say is of you want your steak more than medium rare, just vet it well done.

Thank Steve H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had our rehearsal dinner for our wedding here! They were extremely accommodating and the atmosphere was great! The food was so amazing, we had one more dinner there on our last night in Samara! I highly recommend El Lagarto!

Thank Sarah U
Chicago's North Shore, Illinois
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food and awesome oven. Stuck with all the seafood dishes even though most seemed to be ordering steak. Had the grilled red snapper, roasted garlic, jalapeño shrimp, mixed garlic seafood.... it was all good and the best food we found in Samara!

Thank GeoBoz
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5 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

El Lagarto is a nice, cozy place. The food is excellent but the service was practically nonexistent; Waited more than one hour to get our dinner. Recommend the whole grilled fish, it's a red snapper that comes with baked potato and grilled zucchini. Also, worth getting the grilled veggies.

Thank mariabella777
Green Bay, Wisconsin
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139 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had dinner here as I decided to treat myself. Had the lobster, potato, zucchini and tomato. Cactus was my beverage of choice. The food was excellent, ambience incredible, and service superb. I would highly recommend this restaurant. You may have to deal with a few ashes but it's well worth it!

Thank Babete
Madison, Wisconsin
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We like high quality food prepared simply but well. El Lagarto nails it. The menu describes the local sourcing of the food. The grill adds a flavor that makes everything delicious. We had steak, fish and vegetables and the transformation of say, a tomato, was just remarkable. I may be on a bit of a pura vida high, but I'd... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely delicious! Best drink so far in Samara- El Lagarto Especial - rum, oj, grenadine and cahuita (coconut liqueur).

Thank cactuswendy

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, Barbecue, Central American, Costa Rican
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Romantic
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?