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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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Calgary, Canada
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great Italian food, we had the pasta and pizza both were excellent. Cute little place we sat outside on the patio. Maybe only negative it is on a busy fast road so had some traffic noise.

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Thank Danielle B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Can't believe you can find such good food in Samara!! You can't go to Samara and not visit Samara and its cook Gigio!!

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Penonome, Panama
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What else would you expect from a chef who's owned restaurants in NYC, London and Greece? We dined here twice during our week in Samara. The tuna was perfect and the pizza unique - to say the least. Bar-meister Chad's erudite rapport made our evenings so exceptional. Efharisto para poli Gigio kai Matteo!

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Thank Whither-Fate-Leads
Gigio P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this review

What else can we say! You guys are such a wonderful couple, we enjoyed your company! I could not believe my eyes to entertain a brief conversation with you in greek! Great surprise! Thank you for swinging by! It has been our pleasure to entertain you! Gigio Matteo and Chad!!! More 

Kensington, Maryland
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Ma ma Gui was recommended by the bartender at our hotel. I can't thank her enough! This place is a gem. After finding such a limited selection of red wines in Costa Rica, I was super happy to see "Italian Wines" advertised on their sign!! And the Italian wine list was very good. We had the White Marlin prosciutto as... More 

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Gigio P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this review

As a owner and chef we express our gratitude! We try every day to do our best and keep the food and service as high as possible. Our most genuine thanks! Gigio Palazzo More 

2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I haven't been to Italy, but from now on, I'm avoiding all Italian restaurants because they'll never top this place. The food was amazing. Try their in-house cured Marlin Prosciutto.

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Thank Emily M
Gigio P, General Manager at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this review

We are blushing!!! Thank you More 

Union, Missouri
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our apartment in Samara is directly across the street from MaMaGui so of course we had to bring in their pizza. Really excellent.

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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Ma Ma Gui is away from the beach, but they have air conditioning if it seems to be too hot to eat outside. The location is on a busy road by the church, but the owners have created an oasis inside, and the terrace out front is not bad once the sun goes down and traffic has diminished. The interior... More 

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Gigio P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this review

You made our day! We find the Hemingway parallel amazing! Reviews of this caliber give us the spark to get better and better! Thank you again for wording so nicely our restaurant! Respectfully Gigio Palazzo Matteo Caretti More 

Seneca, South Carolina
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48 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Mama Gui's was recommended by our hotel and also our real estate agent. It did not disappoint. It is a lovely, small restaurant on the main drag of Samara. My husband had a pasta dish and I had pork medallions. Both were delicious. My husband, a pasta lover, said this was very light, not a heavy as usual pasta dishes,... More 

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Gigio P, General Manager at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this review

Pasta on the light side! It is also merit of the organic ingredients we use! Thank you! Matteo More 

Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to this restaurant for the live music after meeting some people in Samara. Rob, the musician plays around town sometimes with two other musicians. He was great. The atmosphere was lively. The food was good. Don't order the Red Snapper Risotto. There might have been two to three ounces of fish if you looked hard. The Baby Back... More 

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Gigio P, Owner at Ma Ma Gui, responded to this review

Thank you for your comment about the risotto. We have applied already the change. As well as accept our gratitude for you positive comments. We look forward to your next visit. More 

Stockholm, Sweden
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice friendly service. Unexpected dishes and great wines. With some luck you'll have a one man jazzband entertaining you.

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Thank Karl M

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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, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Romantic, Groups
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?