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El Lagarto

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Seafood, Barbecue, Central American, Costa Rican, Gluten Free Options
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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Victoria,
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Amazing bar b que everything. Steaks were perfect, shrimp excellent, kids plate was good too. The grilled garlic was the best I have ever had. Drinks could have been a bit stronger

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seattle
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86 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This year we returned here twice for dinner. The 2nd visit we came so my husband could have his own steak. The BBQ set up has you salivating while they prepare your food. We tried, as mentioned, the squid and also the beef tenderloin. The seasonings were really nice on both dishes and the accompanying sides. Besides the great food... More 

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Cortland
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75 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This outdoor restaurant in Samara says they get their grass-fed beef from inland Costa Rica. My grown daughter & I split a 22 oz sirloin that was tender and seasoned so perfectly, that I exclaimed, "This is one of the best steaks I've had in my life!" To which my daughter replied, "We'll, you're 30 years older than me, this... More 

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Rosetown, Canada
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93 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Even though we wanted to try different restaurants during our stay, we voted to go back here for our last night at Samara. We had both kind of ribs, the rib eye steak, fish and mussels, stuffed chicken, pork tenderloin wrapped with bacon and provolone cheese, shrimp and shrimp stuffed squid between 2 meals. They were all served with huge... More 

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Lenexa, KS
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213 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had first and only steak in Costa Rica here and was not disappointed. Hard to beat wood-fired grilling. Steak quality was very good; better than what I expected, and the shrimp salad was also very good.

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Windsor, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our hotel recommended we try here and we are glad we did. The restaurant was very busy when we arrived (7pm) so perhaps consider booking. We were lucky and grabbed the last table. Both meals were delicious, we had the grilled chicken and sirloin steak. All meals appear to be served with a jacket potato, a whole roasted tomato and... More 

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Thank DJGR
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went here twice for diner. My husband had the sirloin and spareribs, all perfect BBQ taste and juicy. Great side dish. I ordered the stuffed chicken, o my, very good. If you love grilled meat, you HAVE to go here, Fingerlicking good food! It costs a bit more but the menu has something for every budget.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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97 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This meal was probably the best I have had here in Samara...and I have not had a bad meal yet. They cook the meats and fish over open grills, and the flavors are to die for! My friend had a steak which he said was delicious and I had the stuffed chicken, one of their "house specialties"...WOW! Lots of great... More 

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Thank Carol33364
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a freshly caught Red Snapper grilled and added the grilled vegatables. Open kitchen and grill, you can watch your food being cooked. Best baked potato I've had since a Yukon Gold in Idaho.

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Brentwood
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

do not miss this restaurant. Best food we had the whole 2 weeks we stayed in Samara. I ordered the lobster and prawns and it was so good and fresh. We had six people in our party and every single plate was so delicious. Worth every penny.

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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, Central American, Costa Rican, Gluten Free Options
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, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
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?