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“Best Restaurant on the Lake”

Gingerbread Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 22 Restaurants in Nuevo Arenal
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$50
Cuisines: Central American, Costa Rican, International
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Good for: Bar Scene, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Cash Only, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Onoway, Canada
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“Best Restaurant on the Lake”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

The Gingerbread Restaurant is definitely the best place on Lake Arenal for a special evening. The ambiance is great, nice lighting, very tastefully furnished. The food is pricy but very good and the portions are huge. Considering that you would normally take some of it home and have a nice lunch the next day, it's actually good value for money.

  • Visited March 2014
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Boca Raton, Florida
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“Best food experience in the world!”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

We have been lucky enough to visit this amazing bed and breakfast for years.The chef, Eyal ,is beyond talented in his dishes and presentation . Start with the blackened tuna salad, jump into the duck quesadilla, linger over the tri-tips, and if your are smart save room for the bread pudding. After you wake up from your food coma, prepare for one of the finest breakfasts you experience. Request the wine room or garden of Eden. Both have outdoor showers!

  • Visited June 2014
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3 reviews
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“The best gourmet meal I have had anywhere! ”
Reviewed 28 June 2014 via mobile

Came here with my family while traveling in the Arenal volcano area of Costa Rica. Very laid back and certainly "interesting" environment and locals that hang out there (interesting in a very surprising and good way :-)). The ceviche was by far the best I have ever experienced, the Chicken Panang was incredible and completely different than I expected (I make it all the time). It was actually more like an Italian style rather than traditional Thai, surprisingly different but completely awesome! Every single dish was superb..

I would actually come back to this part of Costa Rica just to experience this amazing restaurant again :-)

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Thank Derek C
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Tuna salad, best one in the world!”
Reviewed 26 June 2014

Order the black'nd tuna salad. it is amazing and also i would recommend tot sit at the bar and talk with the owner Eyal. He's a great guy with a no-nonsense kind of vibe.

A lot beautiful wines on the menu and SHARE every dish. It is so much!!! Did you order to much? He has doggy bags :)

  • Visited June 2014
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Incredible food!”
Reviewed 5 June 2014

This was one of the best dining experiences I have ever had! The food was outstanding, the portions were huge, and the atmosphere was interesting. Chef Eyal is a unique individual! He has personality that could fill an entire restaurant, language that could be offensive to some and a talent with food that is amazing. The restaurant itself is beautiful. We ordered 2 appetizers, 1 salad (HUGE), and 2 half portions of main courses, plus 3 glasses of wine. This fed a family of 4 with leftovers. The bill was about $115. If this restaurant was in my hometown, I'd eat here at least once a week. We LOVED it!

  • Visited April 2014
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