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The Gilded Iguana Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
Bar, Central American, Costa Rican, Latin, Seafood, International, Spanish, South American
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50 M South of Mini Super Delicias Del Mundo | Playa Guiones, Nosara 5233, Costa Rica
+506 2682 0259
09:00 - 10:00
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Lexington, Kentucky
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2016

No trip to Nosara is complete without a meal at the Gilded Iguana. I have enjoyed both lunches and dinners at the GIR. Really good food and a great spot for a beer after a long hot day of surfing.

Thank Jonathan W
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

This place mainly has fish for dinner. They do have a tempura dish which isn't anything special and a rib eye that is ok. Don't get fooled by the bar atmosphere. I would only go here if you are looking for fish.

Thank Stefanie E
Indianapolis, Indiana
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 June 2016

our party of 20 ate here the night before our wedding. The food is really very good and the seafood is always fresh as the owners are closely connected with the local fisherman. Service was always very good and attentive, also the drinks were good too. The prices on the menu already include VAT and Tip, I think this was... More 

Thank dogsandme65
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2016 via mobile

I went there last night and the service was pretty bad. We sat at the bar and the bartender was cold and inattentive. We sat for 10 minutes waiting to be asked for a a drink or given a menu. That didn't happen so my husband and I grabbed a table and ordered the tuna and mahi mahi. My husbands... More 

Thank Priscila F
Sugar Hill, Georgia
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2016

We had the Tuna and Mahi Mahi. Awesome. We have eaten here several times before and they never disappoint. We have caught fish and brought it here for them to cook and they do an amazing job.

1 Thank JMenjoylife
Missouri City, Texas
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2016

This place is by far the cleanest restaurant in Nosara. The food was a 10!!! We visited this place in June 2014 and LOVE IT! I believe we ate here twice because i loved the food so much!!!

2 Thank TAILORED37
Munich, Germany
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40 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2016

This rating is only for the restaurant. You find my (1-star) rating for the hotel in another review. The best restaurant we tried in town. Great choice and delicious fresh food for breakfast and dinner. Service mentality depends on the waiter. Some of them only smile after you gave tip at the end.

Thank Gabelflieger
Aliso Viejo, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 20 April 2016

Service was good. Drinks were good. Food was average. This place struck us as very touristy, a place to eat if you are staying there, or aren't familiar with the area and just want to go eat in a nice atmosphere that's easy to find. Perfectly fine...

Thank rperri
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3 reviews
Reviewed 16 April 2016

Live music in a courtyard style setting with soft lights around the property. Sets a good vibe for an even better dinner. Portions are robust and food was fantastic!

Thank Leslie4315
New York City, New York
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2016

Although is was very hot and we ate outside, with some pesky flies, the food and service here was warm and accommodating. The mahi mahi was memorable.

Thank Curi0usVisit0r

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 17
Bar, Central American, Costa Rican, Latin, Seafood, International, Spanish, South American
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
09:00 - 10:00
09:00 - 10:00
09:00 - 10:00
09:00 - 10:00
09:00 - 10:00
09:00 - 10:00
09:00 - 10:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 50 M South of Mini Super Delicias Del Mundo | Playa Guiones, Nosara 5233, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Nosara
  • Phone Number: +506 2682 0259
The restaurant at the Gilded Iguana will be up and running for Nov 2014. The new management brings the BEST food in the area and finally will get the spotlight they deserve. Look for more info to be released soon.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?