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“Good lunch place with ocean view & breeze”
Review of Marlin Bill's

Marlin Bill's
Ranked #29 of 82 Restaurants in Nosara
Price range: US$5 - US$25
Cuisines: Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: View, Groups
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: In business since 1994, Marlin Bill's offers guests of our open-air dining room panoramic views of Guiones, the ocean, and Costa Rica's world-famous sunsets, along with mouth-watering options from our eclectic menu of choice steaks, chops, fresh seafood, family fare, and dreamy desserts. Daily food and drink specials, and our ability to cater to large parties, make Marlin Bill's beloved by both visitors and locals.
Montreal, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Good lunch place with ocean view & breeze”
Reviewed 20 March 2014

My kids needed a good burger after a week of vegan food at yoga spa! The service was friendly. The breeze was amazing as it was quite hot in March. And the owner's perrot was visiting patrons who were interested. Cute. Good salads for the vegans.

Visited March 2014
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Thank LuckyDanDan
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MarlinBills, Guest Relations Manager at Marlin Bill's, responded to this review, 23 March 2014
Hola!

We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and that we could make your kiddos happy! Our burgers are a favorite with both locals and visitors, and we happily take pride in them! Sometimes, you just need a good burger, and when you do, we're the place to go! We do have those great salads for vegans and non-vegans, though, so we have a little bit of something for everyone! We're also glad you enjoyed the breeze and views our location offers. As you noted, March can be quite warm in Guiones, but the breezes on our deck take the edge off. As for our owner's dog, Birdie, she's a "sometimes" visitor, but definitely a "fan favorite" when she comes to "work." Our bar cats are a beloved part of our ambiance, as well, but as you wrote, we only let them join our guests if they're welcomed and wanted. We look forward to seeing you when our local yoga spas call you back, and we'll definitely have burgers on the menu when your kids are ready for one! Until then, happy and safe travels! Pura vida!
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Torino
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Where Nosara meets”
Reviewed 2 March 2014

A part from the food, which is excellent, apart from the atmosphere, which is great, Marlin Bill's is where you have to go to get the latest news about waves, forest, beach, and life in Nosara! The owners are really great, always working to make you feel at home.

  • Visited April 2013
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MarlinBills, Guest Relations Manager at Marlin Bill's, responded to this review, 15 March 2014
Hola!
Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We love hearing that you feel our food is excellent and our atmosphere is great! We strive to make those aspects a consistent part of the Marlin Bill's experience, and are happy to know we're meeting our goal! We're also happy you feel that Marlin Bill's is the place to go for news, wave reports, and info on local life. We are proud to be a part of the Nosara community, as well as a meeting place where both locals and visitors can gather and share their lives with friends, new and old. We hope you'll come back soon, and we can assure you that you'll find us working just as hard to make our guests feel right at home! Until then, safe and happy travels! Pura vida!
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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14 reviews
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“Sunset view”
Reviewed 24 January 2014

Been here several times for dinner, sunset and this time for a wedding. The food is very good. It feels more like a place at home with the multiple TV's in the bar so sit on the deck with the view for more ambiance.
This place is also VERY cat friendly so if you aren't a fan you might not enjoy it. Cats sitting on the bar. Sitting with us at our table. Doesn't bother me but several in our group were put off by that. For us it's all part of the experience. Cheers!

Visited January 2014
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MarlinBills, Guest Relations Manager at Marlin Bill's, responded to this review, 15 March 2014
Hola, Jen!
We love to hear from people who have visited us more than once, as it lets us know we're doing something right to keep you coming back! Also, you're spot-on in your description of our bar setting as being a little like "back home." We try to give visitors and locals a bit of home, wherever that may be, while offering more of the local feel with our deck area and views of the ocean. You're also right about our cats being part of the Marlin Bill's experience, although we're always happy to move them away if someone prefers dining without a feline companion. We're glad you enjoy them, though, and that you love our food, as well. Come back soon! Until then, safe and happy travels! Pura vida!
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Regina, Canada
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“Great food!”
Reviewed 23 January 2014

My husband and I went, and he had a burger and I had fresh broiled dorado (mahi mahi). The burger seemed to be a tad salty, but that seemed to be the norm here in costa rica! The service was excellent. The view can't be beat either!

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank jesaco1114
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MarlinBills, Guest Relations Manager at Marlin Bill's, responded to this review, 15 March 2014
Hola!
We're glad you enjoyed your visit with us, and that our staff took good care of you! We're sorry you thought the burger was a tad salty, and wish you had told us about it while you were with us. We want our customers happy, so we would have done everything possible to make sure your burger was right. As you noted, though, Costa Rica is a spicy little country, so maybe we just added a little too much local flavor. (ha) We're happy you enjoyed your visit with us, though, as well as the views. Come back to see us, and next time, we'll go light on the spice, but as always, heavy on the hospitality! Safe and happy travels! Pura vida!
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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“Sushi was excellent”
Reviewed 21 January 2014

We ate here twice, and were impressed both times. The fish was great, the service was friendly and the sunset views were priceless. You can see the ocean from the balcony. We loved seeing Marlin Bill walk around and talk to everybody. It seemed like the Cheers restaurant of the area.

Visited January 2014
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MarlinBills, Guest Relations Manager at Marlin Bill's, responded to this review, 15 March 2014
Hola, Fort Collins family!
We're so glad you enjoyed your time with us enough to visit more than once during your stay! We work hard to combine great food with a friendly welcoming atmosphere, and we think your description of us as Nosara's version of Cheers is just perfect! Whether you're a visitor who has just discovered us and dined with us once, or a local who can't count the times spent with us, we always want the food to be great, the visit to be fun, and the memories to be special. We take great pride in our sushi, and are thrilled you liked it so much! We can't take credit for the fantastic views, but we're glad you enjoyed them! We hope to see you, again! Until then, though, safe and happy travels! Pura vida!
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