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El Ancla

$$ - $$$Seafood,
Meters East Of the Main Beach Entrance 175, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 0716
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good37%
  • Average16%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible5%
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Seafood, Costa Rican
$$ - $$$
Meters East Of the Main Beach Entrance 175, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Reviewed April 16, 2018

Great location, right on the beach. The shrimp and garlic sauce was very good, as is their fresh fish. Fresh vegetables were nice and crunchy.Service can be a little slow.

Thank CrosCrek
Reviewed March 27, 2018

This Italian run restaurant seems to have lost its way over the years. The venue is outstanding (you can dig your toes into the sand while sitting at a table in the shade) but the food is decidedly so-so and quite pricey... only two seafood...More

Thank Buck S
Reviewed March 21, 2018

I love sauteed vegetables; in most Costa Rican restaurants if you ask for vegetables they are steamed. Here they were very tasty, sauteed with a touch of butter, and the portions were enormous. I was happy as a clam. Their coffee, however, was terrible and...More

Thank katherinesN7893OL
Reviewed February 13, 2018

Nice small restaurant at the beach. Sitting on small tables in the sand with some music background. Fish was delicious. Pay cash only.

Thank katmat1997
Reviewed January 22, 2018

El Ancla ia a bit on rhe pricey side but in my book 11,000 colones ( wrh tip and beer about $20) for the best jumbo shrimp in garlic sauce I've evdr eaten was worfh it. Clientele is mostly Costa Rican. Great location outdoors on...More

Thank Playaman47
Reviewed January 7, 2018

We found that the food and service here to be really lacklustre. We had ceviche all over Samara, and this was average at best. The service was really slow, it took 20 minutes to have our drinks served and it wasn't overly busy. Would not...More

Thank Wubbelina
Reviewed January 3, 2018

Delish lobster for a great price. Also this restaurant is right on the beach. Its a great place to people watch and eat,

Thank Jessica G
Reviewed December 28, 2017

Unlike other establishments on Playa Samara, El Ancla is locally owned and operated. In my books, that is already a win! My husband and I had lunch here and both order their signature dish: fish in house sauce. It was phenomenal! The sauce is a...More

Thank Magdalena S
Reviewed December 18, 2017 via mobile

This is an excellent restaurant with a great view (see picture). We ordered three items. The ceviche (3,000 Colones) was good but not excellent, but the seafood chowder (6,000) and the fried fish (7,000) were both outstanding. Service was polite. The fact that waiters are...More

Thank AbuKalabsha
Reviewed July 28, 2017 via mobile

I gave this place a generous three stars based on the fact that it has a great beachfront location. It also has a few beach chairs which we have been utilizing the last couple of days while we hang out on samara beach. This place...More

Thank Hawaiifirefighter
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Seafood, Costa Rican
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
View, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Meters East Of the Main Beach Entrance 175, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
  • Phone Number: +506 2656 0716
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