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Lemon Zest Restaurant

#11 of 114 Restaurants in Jaco
Certificate of Excellence
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El Jardin Plaza, Jaco 4023, Costa Rica
+506 2643 2591
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1,085 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 274 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The food was amazing The green curry with shrimp and coconut accompanied by pineapple risotto rice was a delight The apple parte tatin with vanilla ice cream was sheer piggery The service was ridiculously over the top in a memorable way

Thank davethedrill
New York City, New York
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place is a little odd. The decor is lacking and the servers act like they work at TGI Fridays. This made me skeptical of the quality but it was amazing. We had the heart of palm salad, buffalo lobster bites, curry coconut shrimp, and the flan for dessert. It was one of the best dinners we've had. I'd happily... More 

Thank Lisa L
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3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Right away impressed with the waiter calling out the dinner specials which was a lengthy and detailed list, I had the lobster and shrimp soup which was very tasty and my friends' salads looked wonderful , I followed with the fish, all was well cooked. We had a big bill with many drinks as we'd just got in the city,... More 

Thank Kenneth O
Dallas, Texas
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited after seeing s great mahi mahi dish on the menu, yet were disappointed to arrive and find it off the menu. My son ordered the red snapper prepared the same way and swore it was his favorite fish ever. Lobster bites were unique and good. My chicken special was ok. Waiter was the only person we had in... More 

Thank Todd C
Mississauga, Canada
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our waiter, Bryan was outstanding and made great recommendations and wine pairings. My husband had the duck and I had the lobster and the sauces were to die for! While we didn't try any, they also list Gluten Free options on the menu

Thank Kim02192011
Jaco, Costa Rica
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The combination of flavors in every single dish is perfection!., And very nice customer service. Definitely is on my List of my Favorite Restaurants... coming back soon.

Thank ikissyoubutterfly
Toronto, Ontario
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

great food. When we first went to this place we were ignored so we left. but curiosity brought us back. The owners seemed to know everyone in the place. Food was pretty good but honestly the little soda on the way out of town to the Palms was actually better and the people were more friendly. I would review it... More 

Thank gmbtfm
Stafford, Virginia
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really good food, big portions - small, different and eclectic menu. Owner/chef is American and he comes out to chat with the patrons, many of whom seem regulars. Menu is in dollars which we liked. Casual ambiance but can get very noisy and we had trouble hearing our waiter over the chatter.

Thank Della R
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Reservation a must after 7, came in and the owner Nellie made some adjustments to get my party of 4 in. I started with a crab cake with a yellow pepper cream sauce, and for dinner the St Louis style ribs. Both came from the specials. These guys are famous for Duck and Lobster which I was able to try... More 

Thank Mike O
Newport Beach , Ca
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant owners had a restaurant near Del Ray Beach in Florida which we had visited a few years ago. We were so happy to find out they have a restaurant in Jaco. The menu offered many choices from Beef to fresh fish . Prices are similar to what you pay in the states, but you will leave very satisfied.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Seafood, Central American, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: El Jardin Plaza, Jaco 4023, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Jaco
  • Phone Number: +506 2643 2591
Located in the heart of Main street in Jaco, Costa Rica.

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