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“inexcusable”
Review of Rancho de La Playa

Rancho de La Playa
Ranked #54 of 73 Restaurants in Playa Samara
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
California
Level Contributor
43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“inexcusable”
Reviewed 15 March 2013

Prior to our trip we chose this restaurant to dine on our first night in Playa Samara
because of good reviews and because of live music on Wednesday/Saturday nights.
We did learn that ownership changed hands about one year ago which may explain
my scathing review.

We attended on a Wednesday night. Good live music was available. With only
one other table of patrons (3) present, it took 30 minutes before any food was brought
to the table. We both had the 'macho' dorado fish which is a shrimp sauce on top
of the grilled fish. The fish was prepared decently. The french fried potatoes were
dried out and the salad was very wilted. The only positive thing I will say is that there
is a posted sign on entry indicating that smoking is not permitted in the eating area.
I do not recommend this restaurant nor comprehend how they attained such high
recent reviews.

  • Visited March 2013
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Gatineau
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great service and food”
Reviewed 12 March 2013

We had many meals at the Rancho and always good. We enjoyed especially the pasta with smoked tuna. What a treat that was. They should add more finger food on their menu for the days where you do not want a full meal.

Visited December 2012
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Clemson, SC
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103 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Great for Live Music and Mexican food!”
Reviewed 7 January 2013

Come here on Wednesdays for Live Music or Saturdays for Open Mike Night.

The burritos are delicious, and they regularly have decent drink specials.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank grsteven89
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Toronto, Canada
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116 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Great food, fun time!”
Reviewed 5 January 2013

Had dinner there last night; great vibe. A small and not great but ernest local band was playing which livened the mood. The crowd of mostly Cdn & American ex-pats was in the mood to party. Our food was delicious and reasonably priced. The waitress was lovely, and didn't even bat an eye when we returned a bottle of wine that, in our opinion, had turned. Would definately go back. Try the Camarone del Rancho - deelish!

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank Sharon C
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Playa Carrillo, Costa Rica
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great food and live music”
Reviewed 20 December 2012

Rancho de la Playa has it all going on! We love it! It is located walking distance from all the hotels in Samara. Not only they have very tasty food but it is also affordable and a great value! The music is great also!

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank jackiemora01
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