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Banco National Main Road, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 2347
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North Bay, Canada
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were here Sunday night. Small place with friendly helpful service. We shared a salad and a hummus, marlin prosciutto pizza on thin crust. Both were Amazing! There was even a young man, Martin from San Ramon, playing guitar and singing. He was also Amazing! Prices are a little on the high side, but we felt we got our money's... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I spent a week in Samara last december 2016 and ate at Ma Ma Gui 4 times!!! It was that good!!! The food is absolutely delicious, fresh, inventive and pasta the best I have ever tasted ( and I live in a large city with many excellent restaurants). The food was beautifully presented and plentiful. The marlin prosciutto with other... More 

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1 Thank mfrower
Gigio P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this review

Thank you Very Much! You review reinforce our desire to explore new dishes to be proposed to our clientele! We are delighted to hear that you dined 4 times at Mamagui within a week! Such a record! Wa can't wait you to come back! Yes we have few new items on the menu! Low season is approaching therefore we shall... More 

Canada
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

While the ambiance was great, cozy and intimate, with live music outside and cool air conditioning inside, I was disappointed in the food. I had shrimp in a sauce, on homemade fettuccine. The portion was quite small, and not really remarkable in any way. My sister's pizza was really pathetic - basically tomato sauce, and a bit of cheese on... More 

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Thank Joanne D
Gigio P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this review

Dear Madame We are sorry you were displeased about Mamagui food. As a experienced professional in this business i do my home work. I have scrolled down 13 months of trip advisor reviews. With all the due respect I notices only unanimous accolades, praising our food, our service and our warm and welcoming atmosphere. We are famous to comp after... More 

New Brunswick
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38 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a meal here for supper. Small portions for the price. The pizza had hardly nothing on it, No bread served with the pasta. I hate to complain but I wouldn't return or recommend. Sorry. This is my opinion,

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Thank Louise D
Gigio P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this review

Dear Madame As a clever restaurant owner I appreciate constructive criticism, I am afraid your it is not. We are sorry you were displeased about our portions, However allow me to highlight that our pizza dough only weights 200 grams and it topped with a generous quantity of red sauce, 100 grams of mozzarella and other toppings you may have... More 

Playa Potrero, Costa Rica
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47 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I live in Potrero and traveled to Samara for a short trip. We have been a couple of times to Samara, so this time, we kinda closed our eyes and pointed to a restaurant based on a few trip advisor reviews. Well, we lucked out because Ma Ma Gui was way above our expectations. Let's start with... More 

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Gigio P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this review

WOW! We have nothing to add to advertise Mamagui! You did it! You've managed in few lines to highlight all our qualities! It looked like you are our publisher or a hired pr company!!! We are delighted you did enjoy mamagui experience We hope very much to see you both in the very near future Thank you a zillion thank... More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Two of the best meals we ate during our trip were from Mama Gui. I would've gone there every night and wish they had a location in the city where we live. Amazing food, great service.

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1 Thank ivers276
Gigio P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this review

Thank you Thank you a zillion for your kind words! We humbly try to deliver every day our best! Although kitchen works at the unison is supported by a great floor staff. Thank you! I hope to see you in the near future!!! Gigio More 

Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We've eaten there twice in the past few days and will again before we leave. The friendly staff provide top notch service and the kitchen is very good. A wide range of creative pizzas, fresh salads, pasta, fish and meat dishes all excellently prepared mean you really can't go wrong at Mama Gui.

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1 Thank Patrick M
Gigio P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this review

Thank you to define MAMAGUI your top pick! Very day we strive to purchase first quality food and transform it accordingly!!! Yes our service is very good and more over very warm and welcoming! Thanks again Gigio More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great service and great food. The decor is very interesting and the ambiance very friendly. All waiters are helpful and the bartender have very creative cocktails. I really enjoyed the food made by the chef and owner Gigio!

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Gigio P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this review

Caroline Thank you for your kind review More 

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5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant serves some very good Italian dishes. Some taste better than others but thats personal taste. There is no question regarding the quality though which is very high. What really stands out us the staff. They are polite, know their menu through and through and really pay attention to etiquette. It's one of very few places you can have... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent!! The food is amazing the atmosphere is perfect and the drinks are superb! Super creative and tasty! The owners and bartender are extremely friendly and kind. Always coming around to make sure you're satisfied and all your needs are met. This restaurant is a must!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?