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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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11 - 20 of 651 reviews

Reviewed 10 April 2017

It is all about the meat. Very nice meat. A little bit pricey though. The service was good as well .

Thank Jesús M
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Don't know if it's the open flame...the seasoning...the chicken...or we were just plain hungry or all of the above? But what a chicken we had! Plain grilled chicken breast fillet so good we had to order a second order!

Thank onthegojl
Reviewed 7 April 2017

Over-priced food. We waited until the end of our trip to experience the food, but it was pretty boring and over-priced.

Thank Frank B
Reviewed 2 April 2017

We enjoyed watching how the guy cooked foil wrapped potato in open fire oven. 100+ points to the person created plates! The seafood was amazing! Staffed octopuses, grilled shrimps and fish... oummm... Finger licking tasty!

Thank Serge S
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Having visited El Lagarto three years ago, we had to go twice on this visit. First round: maasdam and mushroom stuffed chicken breast. Second round: ribs. Oh, the ribs. Accompanied by buttery baked potatoes and perfectly grilled fresh vegetables. They are in a new location...More

Thank VinnieCorbett
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

If your feeling like you need to replenish your electrolytes try the ribs. Good but salty. As others have said, grilled veggies are good too. Disclaimer, I only ate here once but I grill "a lot" year round, including smoking chicken, ribs, etc.

Thank Michael D
Reviewed 17 March 2017

The Fetching Mrs. Rat and I walked the beach from the Fenix Hotel and we are glad we did. TFMR had a hankrin' for steak, I wanted seafood. We both were satisfied. TFMR ordered the Mixed Meat Plate consisting of beef tenderloin, pork tenderloin and...More

Thank Johnnyrat1
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

One of my favorite restaurants anywhere. Coolest BBQ setup you will ever see. I had a strip steak, veggies and a baked potato. My friend had a whole red snapper. Excellent wine choices too. Great meal and service. Expensive.

Thank Blugoo7
Reviewed 10 March 2017

We stayed at an "all inclusive" hotel but decided to try a local restaurant. We loved the food. The price was about what we expected. The grilled veggie were delicious.

Thank sweatshop51
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Beautiful atmosphere and superb food! Hubby had the ribs and they were so dang good...not sure what they did to them, but they were amazing. From the baked potato to the grilled vegetables to the delicious seafood, this place is a gem.

Thank Cathlin L
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Playa Samara, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
  • Phone Number: +506 2656 0750
  • E-mail
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