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Restaurante Casa Esmeralda

££ - £££
Italian, Seafood, Central American, Costa Rican
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Samara Beach | 300 Mts. Oeste Correo Postal, Playa Samara 50205, Costa Rica
+506 2656 0489
07:00 - 22:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were a table of 10 with two small kids on a weekday night. Our waitress put on cartoons for the kids which was a great help. We had the avacado speggetti and the shrimp and we're completely overwhelmed and the unique quality of the local food. If your near here you should go even if your not hungry.

Thank richard y
Marietta, GA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent food and good service. We enjoy the 'typical' meal and it is excellent. Had dinner here several times and each meal was great. Give it a try; you'll be glad you did.

Thank JohnC44
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Had another wonderful meal here. I had the garlic fish. Excellent. My husband ordered the shrimps with rice. Yummy. Friends got the fish with avocado sauce and the special -whole red snapper and really enjoyed it.

Thank jjjsfish
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This gem of a restaurant is quiet, spacious, unpretentious, simply but attractively decorated with a menu that is first rate from top to bottom. Over the past three winters we've spent nine weeks in Samara and have returned to Cafe Esmeralda again and again. The staff are the best. Their service is prompt and attentive and they are great people... More 

Thank James S
Uxbridge, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Last evening before returning to snowy Ontario, we wanted a meal to remember. We had enough of deep fried fish and we were not disappointed at Casa Esmeralda.I had a refreshing mint and lemonade sans alcohol beverage while my husband had a Margarita. We shared a ceviche which was fresh and not over marinated, allowing the taste of the seafood... More 

Thank epicureanLeila
Belen, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You have to try the house special -- Shrimp and Rice with vegetables!! Excellent. Wait staff is very friendly. One of the few restaurants that accept credit cards. We will return!!

Thank vrkarosel
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed an outstanding meal at this restaurant. Our server Carlos was knowledgeable and friendly and spoke English very well. We will go back tomorrow. Most of the establishments in this town only accept cash. We were delighted to find a restaurant that was delicious as well as able to accept credit cards. My husband had a simple fish dinner... More 

Thank pandahaus
Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ordered two Tico traditional plates with fish and chicken. It was nice spicy with good rice. The service was great. We sat upstairs nice breeze two blocks away from the best beach on the Pacific in Costa Rica.

Thank Kevork P
Ottawa, Canada
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I've stayed two nights and it's been very nice. The rooms are clean and refreshed daily. The best part aside from perhaps the best fish dinner I've had in Costa Rica. The staff, particularly the brother and sister who have made me feel so welcome. Carlos, and his sister who's name I will spell wrong Alehandra, are warm friendly and... More 

Thank Darcy K
Westminster, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This restaurant was recommended to us by a local years ago! We have been returning ever since. The seafood is fabulous and the chef never ceases to amaze us! I will confess that the Gorgonzola chicken dish is still my favorite!I Great desserts too!

Thank beccapedigo

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Seafood, Central American, Costa Rican
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Takeout, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Samara Beach | 300 Mts. Oeste Correo Postal, Playa Samara 50205, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
  • Phone Number: +506 2656 0489

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