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Gingerbread Restaurant

$$ - $$$, Fusion,
Gingerbread Hotel, Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica
+506 2694 0039
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  • Excellent90%
  • Very good6%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“blackened tuna” (11 reviews)
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Contemporary, Fusion, Costa Rican, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Gingerbread Hotel, Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 2 days ago

My family of 5 had plenty of food and leftovers after splitting a few large dishes. I'd recommend the Thai shrimp (the bread that comes with it is amazing, too), the creamy mushrooms, and the stir-fry shrimp. All the ingredients were fresh and the decor...More

Thank mrsbrooksenglish
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best places I visited in Costa Rica. I love dealing with people who have a passion for what they do, and Eyal is all about passion, he loves what he does. The food was absolutely amazing. The tuna probably the best I've...More

Thank CaptWalt
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Either eat here or die not knowing what good food is. And the food is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this place. The owner/chef Eyal is amazing. I won't go into too much detail, his hospitality is something you need...More

Thank Caitlin S
Reviewed 12 September 2017

OK, this place starts off a little scary. The owner/chef Eyal is a bit of an eccentric (and when I say 'a bit', I really mean astronomically eccentric)'. He is rude, vulgar and off-putting, but somehow simultaneously strangely magnetic as he alternates between hits of...More

Thank 912jmorgan
Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

This restaurant was the best restaurant we have ever been to in our whole costa rican trip we have been to san jose manuel antonio dominical arenal and la fortuna and this was the best place we have ever been!!! The chef is very talented...More

Thank ghoshee
Reviewed 14 August 2017

Full disclosure we did not eat here. But I wanted to find a way to thank them, because as tourist you don't always know where to stop and as a parent you don't always have enough warning from your kids when they need a bathroom...and...More

Thank hlief07
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Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

Eyal is absolutely amazing! This is the best restaurant I have eaten at in Costa Rica. Both the food and staff are completely delicious!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 11 August 2017

You will find no better food any where except in my kitchen. You can't get a better meal anywhere in CR and I've dicsovered the 2 best chefs in the country. Eyal is one of those. If you are open to his personality and humor...More

Thank Kathy Curlee K
Reviewed 26 July 2017

This restaurant is a gem found in the tropical rain forest and compares to the 5-star restaurants of SF, NY and LA. The servings are more like family style plates - easily shared among friends. Don't miss this experience!

Thank Susan S
Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

This place is the best in world. The chef is the man. Food its another level. I can tell that its from far the best food in Costa Rica. Than you Eyal. You are a leyend.

Thank victor e
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Tiana A
6 August 2017|
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Response from WaileaDon | Reviewed this property |
Yes, credit cards are accepted. But they charge a 5% transaction fee for credit card processing, which wasn't told to me until after they had already charged the card and assessed the fee.
Jayson J
19 March 2017|
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Response from Betsey L | Reviewed this property |
No, I really don't think so. It looks close on the map, but isn't really.
Jayson J
19 March 2017|
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Response from Gingerbreadhotel | Property representative |
no you can not
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$50
Dinner, Drinks, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Gingerbread Hotel, Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Nuevo Arenal
  • Phone Number: +506 2694 0039
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Gingerbread is a fine restaurant and boutique hotel perfectly situated along Lake Arenal in Costa Rica. Operated by a charismatic and talented culinary master, Chef Eyal absolutely works magic with food. We’ll serve you an amazing international cuisine, delicious top shelf drinks, and exceptional overnight accommodations. . Our world class B&B, restaurant, and bar is open Tuesday through Saturdays to travelers and guests. We invite you to stay and experience Costa Rica with us. Come and eat, drink then take a leisurely stroll back to your comfortable room to relax. We start every morning with a delicious hot breakfast and end every evening with an exceptional three-course meal created by the Chef.
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