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Al Manglar Bar & Pizzeria - CLOSED

Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good16%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible7%
18 Feb 2015
“it is now closed. reviews were great but it is no more”
31 May 2014
Restaurant Hours Closed
Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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11 - 20 of 56 reviews

Reviewed 27 December 2013

We heard about this restaurant word-of-mouth as the best Italian food in Samara, and it was. Outstanding pastas cooked perfectly and the sauces were just as ordered. The atmosphere has a great family feel as well. It is easy to find, but is not on...More

Thank Brad O
Reviewed 30 November 2013

There is nothing like a meal cooked from scratch in accordance with recipes passed down through generations. The delicious Italian food is prepared by the original owner who has been serving up great pizza, lasagna, penne, spagetti, etc. for almost twenty years. You know it...More

Thank beachtownsearch
Reviewed 12 August 2013

My husband and I eat here at least once every visit to Samara. I am gluten free but make a rare exception to come here and eat the amazing lasagna...it is the best I have ever had, including in Italy! The owner moved to Samara...More

Thank Erin R
Reviewed 13 February 2013

Gotta try the baked potatoes! Stick your feet in the soft white sand and enjoy a delicious meal here!

Thank DesafioAdventures
Reviewed 23 January 2013

We got a pizza to go one night, it was good! It was just very small and thin, so we should have had a pizza for each of us. It was cooked in a matter of less than 10 min so if you are in...More

Thank Romy4424
Reviewed 10 January 2013

We went to Al Manglar on our first night in Samara, based on a recommendation of another traveller. Had their Gnocci, which they're famous for. We were a bit disappointed in it - it was over-cooked and mushy. The shrimp it came with were small...More

Thank Sharon C
Reviewed 28 December 2012

My girlfriend had 4 cheese gnocchi, the sauce was tasty but the gnocchi was boiled to a mush. I had a salad which was mostly grated carrot, the olive oil was just cheap vegetable oil in an old olive oil bottle. Overpriced tourist rubbish. Playa...More

Thank wallymcdonald
Reviewed 27 November 2012

We were hesitant to go out for italian because we have amazing italian food at our disposal in philadelphia and the tri-state area. WOW! We were blown away. It was the best meal we had during our two week stay in Costa Rica. Everything was...More

Thank tripgal926
Reviewed 20 October 2012

Al Manglar offers the best, authentic italian food in Playa Samara. This has been my favorite place for years. Everything is made to order by the owner of the establishment, a lovely italian woman. She even makes her own pasta! Try the Penne a la...More

Thank MSGdreamer
Reviewed 23 June 2012

great pizzas and a gracious host. it is tucked away on a side street, but worth finding.

Thank valerie721
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Restaurant Details

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Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Playa Samara, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
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