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Ma Ma Gui

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Banco National Main Road, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 2347
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12 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great Italian food. A little spendy but good. Brought pizza home for the kids and was delicious. House made pasta and house cured meats. The salad with pears and arugula was yummy. It was a little warm inside. The tables outside are right on the paved road.

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Calgary, Canada
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Three of us ate here expecting little more than ordinary Italian dishes. We loved the unique starters, mains and desserts! Matteo was more than helpful explaining some of their "deconstruction" processes used in creating some of the items we ordered. This food was amazing and opened our eyes and tastebuds! Thanks Matteo for the great service - we will all... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were very pleasantly surprised by Ma Ma Gui. The staff, the food, the quality ingredients, and the obvious care that goes into each and every dish is remarkable! We asked our waiter for a special appetizer. He brought us an arrugula salad atop slices of awesomely cured, thinly sliced marlin. Very attractive, totally delicious, and sprinkled with pink peppercorns.... More 

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Bremen, Germany
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you want eat something special, you have to take dinner at Mama Gui. Everything was so tasty. We love it. Thank you for this perfect last dinner at Samara.

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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the best restaurant in Samara and the only place with a true chef. Amazing and creative menu. Everything is homemade and delicious and the service is great. We were treated to a complimentary deconstructed tiramisu, which is to die for! Thanks guys!

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Thank Carly F
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been eating at Mama Gui since the new owner purchased it (a few years) and have never been disappointed. The chef is always creating new ideas, and new options for the menu. They have recently renovated and have a new great bar with stools and still offer the nice out-door sitting as well. I have had some of... More 

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Atenas, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I recently had dinner here and we were very impressed with the tasteful pizza and grilled vegetables that we had for dinner. The staff was very friendly. You won't be disappointed with your meal.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice Italian restaurant with authentic Italian dishes, combined with local ingredients. Personnel is very friendly and the pasta was really good!

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Surprised to find this upscale Italian restaurant in Samara. The owner/chef makes his bread from scratch and it is among the best I have ever eaten! Appetizers were very tasty, creative and artistically presented. In lieu of ordering dessert, he comped us a shot of very good rum. Nice touch.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

This is the third time over several visits that we have been to Ma Ma Gui's. It's a big wow. It's a little simple yet chic place with exquisite food. The salads are delicious especially with tiny little bits of pork. The entrees are amazing. We had dorado over spinach with a side of humus & grilled calamari with was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian, Pizza
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Banco National Main Road, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
  • Phone Number: +506 2656 2347

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?