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El Lagarto

Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 0750
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good25%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“baked potato” (68 reviews)
“steak” (144 reviews)
“surf and turf” (31 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Seafood, Barbecue, European, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Reviewed March 1, 2016

Had a wonderful meal here, much enjoyment watching the open wood grill. Perfectly prepared, good service also. A little spends and out of the way, but worth the trip!

Thank Marty F
Reviewed March 1, 2016 via mobile

We walked to El lagarto via the beach for dinner. It has a cool vibe, and very good grilled dishes. We had the mixed seafood and meat entres. They come with a Delicious baked potato and veggie. Total with two beers came to $60usd...not cheap...More

Thank Cole B
Reviewed February 29, 2016 via mobile

The service was okay, the services could've been a little more friendly with a smile on their face. BUT, the food was so good and very reasonably priced. I wish we had more time in Samara because the food was excellent!

Thank Costarica2016
Reviewed February 27, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I went here on the last night of our stay and we really enjoyed it. It's a little out of the way, as it's not right in the beach, but follow the signs and you should be able to find it. The...More

Thank Kylie R
Reviewed February 26, 2016

My husband and I had a blast here watching the cook grill our steak and seafood entrees to order on a wood fire grill, we each had shrimp, steak, a baked potato, grilled zucchini and grilled tomato and everything was very delicious! This place is...More

Thank FlagstaffGal
Reviewed February 25, 2016

We stopped in for an early dinner and had a great experience! Tried seafood, beef and veggies as well as mixed drinks! My husband said the squid was just amazing! I loved the beef and the vegetables were great!

Thank BallardBornJoanne
Reviewed February 24, 2016 via mobile

Tried this restaurant as it was recommended by our B&B and surprisingly highly rated on trip advisor. We were the first table in, I ordered baby back ribs, my wife, the chicken. Chicken was completely raw on the inside, the ribs, were grilled high heat...More

Thank crohrig
Reviewed February 21, 2016

Giant bbq which they rake the coals down - everything seems to be cooked off of this. It's amazing! I loved watching them grilling everything. The decor is really neat- wooden tables of unique shapes- although not always the most comfortable- very cool looking. Service...More

Thank Karen B
Reviewed February 20, 2016 via mobile

Beauty spot off the beaten path. The aroma of open fire cooking is wicked Do not miss this place if u go to Samara as the food and service were great

Thank sledheadbc
Reviewed February 19, 2016

we are so happy we found this place! Amazing!! all six of us loved our meals. The atmosphere is very cool, we ate inside and my boys loved watching the charcoal grill go, it was the biggest thing we have ever seen. The steaks were...More

Thank kevkrishark
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Janet C
March 14, 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
January 27, 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
January 17, 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, European, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
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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