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El Lagarto

) #4 of 52 Restaurants in Playa Samara $$ - $$$ Seafood, Barbecue,
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 0750
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good25%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“baked potato” (45 reviews)
“steak” (120 reviews)
“surf and turf” (27 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Seafood, Barbecue, Central American, Costa Rican, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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211 - 220 of 509 reviews

Reviewed 7 January 2015

My husband and I read reviews of this restaurant before we went- it was highly received. It did not disappoint! The open BBQ pit with the roasting potatoes smelled great when we walked in. Our server stopped by often and always kept our drinks full....More

1  Thank MelissaShoff
Reviewed 5 January 2015

Ate at the old location last year, now not as scenic, but the food is still very good. Generous portions and the grilled veggie sides are tasty. Nice staff. Pretty extensive wine list, but they seemed to be out of the lower end of the...More

Thank jrzygrl1954
Reviewed 2 January 2015

Wow we had steak and seafood platters, they were amazing. The wine list was great too not to mention their desert of the day. Not cheap but worth every penny.

Thank mec456
Reviewed 1 January 2015 via mobile

Our party tried to find this place on New Years Eve. Perhaps it is a Tico thing, but their multi-location website doesn't provide an address or directions. We walked the entire beach and couldn't find it. Ended up at Ma Ma Gui's instead and enjoyed...More

1  Thank OU812Foodie
Reviewed 17 December 2014

And it was worth the visit. We came in from the road rather than the beach and walked through the grill area, where the coals were dragged down under the grill by the chefs before cooking your steaks. Just the setup made it part of...More

Thank Malachi70
Reviewed 3 December 2014

It was our last night in Costa Rica and I was craving steak so we headed to El Lagarto. The waitress was very nice and made sure we were taken care of. The food and the prices were a bit disappointing. Be prepared to pay...More

Thank egchora
Reviewed 1 December 2014

This restaurant specializes in BBQ meat and fish. We did not try the meat, but the fish and seafood we ordered had been grilled on the same grill as the meat and tasted awful. The check came to 70$ for 2 main courses and 2...More

Thank guylounet
Reviewed 26 November 2014

An unusual restaurant with delicious food. El Lagarto has a special grill invented by them to burn wood and cook over the coals. We had Steak Lobster and Prawns and they were so good. I had the best virgin Pina Colada along with my meal....More

Thank klwallace2014
Reviewed 24 November 2014

Food is fantastic; brought our fresh caught fish here to be cooked after catching a dorado while deep sea fishing. They cooked it beautifully; some of the best I've ever had. That being said, they charged us the same as the price of the fish...More

Thank abby l
Reviewed 20 November 2014

We liked this restaurant so much we went there 2 nights running. We never do that! Super friendly helpful staff, amazing food! My mouth waters just remembering the amazing mixed grill we had there. It was so good I think I'll have to go back...More

Thank Alisoniponi
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Janet C
What is location?
15 March 2017|
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Response from green4eva | Reviewed this property |
It is on a side street off of the hwy to Nosara. Go past the Pali grocery store, turn left after Mama Gui. There is a sign at the corner for it and the camping, it is right near the camp ground. We probably would have never... More
Do you accept credit cards?
28 January 2017|
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Response from Pete R | Reviewed this property |
yes they accept credit. there are only a few that do.
Maureen S
where the heck is it? One reviewer said location changed since last year
18 January 2015|
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Response from maluyna | Reviewed this property |
Yes it s now at manglar place, same (high) prices but no beach front anymore...
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Seafood, Barbecue, Central American, Costa Rican, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Playa Samara, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
  • Phone Number: +506 2656 0750
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