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El Ancla

) #28 of 52 Restaurants in Playa Samara $$ - $$$ Seafood, South American,
Meters East Of the Main Beach Entrance 175, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 0716
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good39%
  • Average16%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
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Seafood, South American, Costa Rican
$$ - $$$
Meters East Of the Main Beach Entrance 175, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We spend several months in Sámara every winter. Even though we have a well-equipped kitchen in the apartment that we rent, we come here at least once a week. The food is of high quality and the staff is friendly. They remember us from year...More

Thank Happywintertraveller
Reviewed 16 June 2017

Owned and operated by locals, this place is the spot for beautiful fresh seafood and cocktails. I loved the Camarones, and we ate there 4 or 5 times in just two weeks!

Thank Samara R
Reviewed 29 April 2017

have the pargo entero, whole fried red snapper, yum!! The service was good here and the drinks affordable. The view, amazing!

Thank Nicole M
Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

The seafood chowder with cream was delicious and worth the visit - it contained prawns, squid and a white fish. Don't come for the service though, the waitresses look as though they can't be bothered and it's almost impossible to get their attention even when...More

Thank elizw86
Reviewed 23 March 2017

This little beach restaurant is wonderful! I had their specialty, for 5000 colones, which was "sopa de mariscos", seafood chowder. It was THE best bowl of chowder I have ever had, bar none. Ask for the cream based one. It was huge, and chock full...More

Thank Joanne D
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Had a very good lunch. The portion was huge. I had the fish and chips. My sister had the seafood chowder. She says it was one of her best meals during our 15 day Costa Rica trip.

Thank Louise D
Reviewed 17 March 2017

A fabulous Tico owned restaurant with delicious steaks and a friendly cat. You can see the hermit crabs walking toward the sea when you dine at night.

Thank Lauren R
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Right on the beach. Great staff. Takes credit cards. The meals are all made fresh and delicious. Always love the fish fingers!

Thank Jesus S
Reviewed 8 March 2017

I love the food here. The only draw back is the sound system. There is sometimes really loud music. I prefer the quieter dining night.

Thank ahop13
Reviewed 19 February 2017

Ate ther twice, and I had pretty good food and my wife's was not. I had grilled whole red snapper that was great, and the fish "burger" which was a fried fish sandwich, also great. My wife had pesto pasta, not so good, and a...More

Thank Sweeniesdad
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Seafood, South American, Costa Rican
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Full Bar
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Child-friendly, View
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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