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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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1 - 10 of 509 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I came here about 4 years ago, had some incredible fish & sat on the beach which was such a lovely experience! Unfortunately they've now moved away from the beach and the restaurant is now on a side road with not much personality. Don't get...More

Thank EDGE-09
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to El Lagarto to celebrate my husband's birthday. The food and atmosphere did not disappoint. We ordered a wide variety of food and it was all delicious. Our favorite items were the tenderloin steaks filled with cheese and wrapped in bacon. Heavenly!

Thank Jimmi C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While on a Monkey Tour, we stopped in Samara. The hotel that we were staying at (as part of the tour) had less than edible food in the restaurant. We asked a local and they suggested this place. What an AMAZING meal. We were in...More

Thank birkieRochester
Reviewed 21 May 2017

We went here with a group - most items on the menu were ordered. I had the tilapia fillet. It was cooked to perfection, and the grilled vegetables were great. Husband had the rib eye - also good. The grill is huge. Everyone was happy...More

Thank ORCon
Reviewed 3 May 2017

I recently moved to Playa Samara and discovered this restaurant, although it s a steak house it does serve a vegetarian plate. The prices are shown in dollars...but because I have lived in Costa Rica going on 2 years, I am used to paying in...More

Thank dharmadance
Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

My wife and I had dinner last night at El Lagarto as a farewell celebration with our neighbors after spending six months in Samara. The hostess and waitress were very friendly and attentive but it is excruciatingly hot inside as they are lacking fans to...More

Thank Bob C
Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

Very unique, off the beaten path. They cook everything over an open grill so everything has a nice smoke flavor. Even the grilled tomato that came with my perfectly cooked medium rare ribeye was fantastic. This place should have a higher rating for Samara. Also,...More

Thank Aspenleaves
Reviewed 25 April 2017

The best steak dinner I have had in years. Beautiful restauraunt BEST GRILL I HAVE SEEN. How do I get one of those? Great Staff. Great Surprise. Hate to admit it ,but i asked my wife were we should eat before we leave town, we...More

Thank Fergus6060
Reviewed 22 April 2017

The food was amazing: we had a juicy steak and king prawns grilled to perfection, tender vegetables and the best melt-in-your-mouth baked potato. And I still dream about the grilled pineapple and ice-cream dessert. Portions were large. The atmosphere is fun and lively (and HOT...More

Thank Victoria W
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Amazing food and staff! The steak was cooked to perfection and the vegetables were delicious. The drinks are great too! Cant wait to return and try the Manuel Antonio location

Thank Christine S
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Janet C
What is location?
14 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?
27 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
17 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
Romantic, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
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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