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Ma Ma Gui

Banco National Main Road, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 2347
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good26%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“pizza” (128 reviews)
“salad” (31 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Banco National Main Road, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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1 - 10 of 286 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a small Italian restaurant just a few hundred metres from the beach. The house wine in carafes is excellent. This was the best food we had in two weeks in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. The tuna carpaccio was the best we had ever...More

Thank William P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found this fantastic restaurant via TA comments and feedback and were not disappointed! we had such a good night, that we planned our last meal in CR there too! we were a party of 4 and all the meals were amazing. the waitress was...More

2  Thank Deb A
Reviewed 19 September 2017

Based on the recommendations on TripAdvisor as well as people we met in Samara, we were excited to eat at Ma Ma Gui. While the food was very good, I think we were a bit disappointed as it wasn't spectacular. The server was good and...More

Thank Nancy E
Reviewed 10 September 2017

went out trying to find something different, ended up here. It wasn't my favorite but the salad I got from there was totally amazing. My friends though it was totally awesome

Thank Adam H
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

First visit to Samara with some friends who live in Costa Rica. Most restaurants are closed in Sept/Oct in this hot and humid but beautiful part of the country. We were glad to find such a high quality restaurant in such a tiny beach town....More

Thank castorita
Reviewed 8 August 2017

We ate as a group of four on a Sunday evening and at 8pm it was very busy. The waitress kindly found us table outside and was extremely helpful throughout the evening, especially when it started to rain and she moved us inside. Food was...More

Thank DanC82
Reviewed 6 August 2017

We were pleasantly surprised by the recommendation our hotel gave us. Ma Ma Gui was so good, we ate here 3 times! Our hotel owner is friends with the owner, and we could not have been happier with the food, the service and the atmosphere....More

1  Thank Amy S
Reviewed 1 August 2017

I would go here just to see the rico sauve beautiful man who greeted and took care of us. I believe he is the owner, but not sure. He is GORGEOUS. But moving onto the food...it is traditional Italian food, close to what you find...More

Thank dmorrison27
Gigio P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2017

Thank you thank you thank you!!!! Surprise surprise, yes we are italian but we spent more than 25 years in NYC!!! Matteo gives a bespoke service to all clients!!! We partner at the unison Matteo on the floor and Gigio in the kitchen! Thank you...More

Reviewed 31 July 2017

Should be number one restaurant in town. We choose pizza and pasta - really what I expected after last vacation Sicily. Also they have italien beer.

Thank Robert K
Reviewed 29 July 2017

The food here was very good and the atmosphere was really pretty! The menu had a good amount of options and the service was good as well.

Thank Erica S
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1 February 2015|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from knuelp | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, in addition the church is on that road, this might help as you can see it easily and the road also leads towards the Nosara gravel road.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Drinks, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Banco National Main Road, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
  • Phone Number: +506 2656 2347
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