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“Delicious food, fun atmosphere”
Review of El Lagarto

El Lagarto
Ranked #4 of 73 Restaurants in Playa Samara
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood, Barbecue, Central American, Costa Rican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Romantic, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Palm Desert, California
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Delicious food, fun atmosphere”
Reviewed 8 August 2014

Everyone in our group of 16 loved their dishes - the garlic was an especially big hit. The potatoes are incredible. Skip the Cactus "surprise" drink. The margarita was quite small and had no ice.

Visited August 2014
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Miami, Florida
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225 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Excellent wood fired cuisine”
Reviewed 25 July 2014

We visited Playa Samara on July 21 and 22, 2014 and were extremely disappointed to find that El Lagarto was closed (we think that was because it is the wet season when tourism is down). We have eaten at El Lagarto on three prior visits to Samara and love the steak and seafood cooked on the wood fired grill. Lagarto is very casual and can be accessed by car or by taking a walk on the beach. If you are in Samara - don't miss El Lagarto (if it is open).

Visited July 2014
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chicago, il
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94 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Best meal in Samara”
Reviewed 16 June 2014

This is an excellent restaurant right on the beach. We had surf and turf, and it was sooo good! Our waitress was a cute little girl from Australia. She was very friendly and welcoming. There is a fascinating wood fired oven where the coals come down a chute. We would recommend this as a restaurant not to be missed.

Visited June 2014
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Houston, Texas
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37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Wear Bug Spray!!”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

Food was delicious and entertaining to watch food being cooked on this massive grill. We sat near the beach and got annihilated by mosquito - my husband and I each had at least 15 bites just on our legs after eating at this place. We moved seats and luckily we had beach towels that we wrapped around our legs for the remaining time, but then our feet got destroyed by bugs. The atmosphere is really unique, under a huge tree - but we couldn't enjoy the food with all the bites!

  • Visited April 2014
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Yonkers, New York
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“MUST go to!”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

Amazing diner. Cool atmosphere. Got the filet and the lobster tails and it was absolutely delicious! Definitely recommend this restaurant to everyone going to Samara!

  • Visited May 2014
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