We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

El Lagarto

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Seafood, Barbecue, South American, Central American, Costa Rican
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

569 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 445: English reviews
Level Contributor
13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was excellent. We have been coming here for ten years. The last time was six year ago and the taste and flavor is just like I remember. The only complaint on this trip was quirky service. The server was nice but had a hard time understanding my daughters order. Pork ribs for kids. She brought our full order then... More 

Thank RBrydenthal
Elizabethton, Tennessee
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My family went to this restaurant for a birthday celebration while vacating in Samara CR. Absolutely the best steak I have ever had in 55 years!! My only disappointment was that we didn't get to go back before we left. The roasted tomato was a nice surprise and delicious by the way. The baked potato was awesome. It could seem... More 

Thank Teresa R
Milton, Ontario, Canada
Level Contributor
46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I went to El Lagarto for her Birthday. The food was incredible. My wife had the Red Snapper and I ordered the Shrimp platter. The fish and shrimp were grilled perfectly. Our Waitress checked on us regularly and was very helpful. The Grill at El Lagarto is an amazing piece of work. It looks like part of... More 

Thank Amilcar M
Covington, Kentucky
Level Contributor
18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Two years later. Great food great service. Worth the visit. When they say spicy they mean it. Little pricey but mmmmmmm

Thank Pete R
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing pork chop medallions wrapped in bacon! When I return I will definitely order it again! 4 of us had an appetizer and 4 entrees, an extra side of veggies (which we didn't need) and 3 two for one drinks for $120. It was very good! I will be back!

Thank Jessica S
Atenas, Costa Rica
Level Contributor
258 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have traveled all over the world and eaten at some of the best restaurants in the world. El Lagarto's cooking techniques of cooking tender aged beef with a special garlic sauce over hot coals generated a spectacular meal. We were so expressed with the quality of the food that we came back for a second visit during our short... More 

Thank rrodriguez2016
Level Contributor
32 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

We had dinner under the open air restaurant with a tropical rain storm around us! Our steak dinner was cooked over a wood fire and was excellent!!

Thank luv4outdoors
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Level Contributor
11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

The restaurant was recommended by our hotel "The Hideaway" and while the food was good it was a bit expensive. Two of our party opted to just have appetizers rather the expense of an entree. Also at the time we visited in the "Green Season" we were virtually the only customers so the place lacked atmosphere. Having said that the... More 

Thank TMSEgypt
Level Contributor
24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

So first of all you need to note that whatever you choose from the menu, your choice will come with: a baked potato, tomato and courgette. No other options were available. The prawns, beef and fish-steaks our group had were all good, flavoursome and cooked decently. The view of everything going on the grill at the fire-side was pleasant, but... More 

Thank Dooty45
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

Had the whole grilled fish and the meat platter. Everything was cooked perfectly! The local dog was very sweet too. Highly recommend this restaurant. Was a great stop on a rainy night.

Thank Katie R

Travellers who viewed El Lagarto also viewed

Playa Samara, Province of Guanacaste
Playa Samara, Province of Guanacaste
Playa Samara, Province of Guanacaste
Playa Samara, Province of Guanacaste
Playa Samara, Province of Guanacaste
Playa Samara, Province of Guanacaste

Been to El Lagarto? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, Barbecue, South American, Central American, Costa Rican
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, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Playa Samara, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of El Lagarto and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Rainbow City, Alabama United States

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from El Lagarto staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?