Top 10 restaurants in Playa Carrillo, Costa Rica

July 26, 2017 Sheron Bogner

Discover the best restaurant in Playa Carrillo, Costa Rica including El Lagarto, Bar Arriba, Restaurante Casa Esmeralda, Samara Pacific Lodge Restaurant, Gusto Beach, Cabinas El Colibri, Leyenda, Samara Organics Mercado Organico, Lo Que Hay, Ma Ma Gui
Things to do in Playa Carrillo

1. El Lagarto

Playa Samara, Costa Rica Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Seafood, Barbecue, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +506 2656 0750
Excellent
63%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 740 reviews

El Lagarto

Reviewed By AntoniaRobinson - uk

We shared a starter of prawns jalapeño which were really good but very fiery, and surprising quite a small portion, only 4 prawns. We then shared a 600 gm sirloin steak with grilled vegetables which was truly excellent! The wooden barbecue gives the most wonderful flavor and everything is cooked to perfection over this. The raw ingredients are also very good quality. The reason for4 stars not 5 is we found it a bit expensive and also be warned pay in dollars as their exchange rate for colones is rotten.

2. Bar Arriba

Main Street, Playa Samara, Costa Rica Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks +506 2656 1052
Excellent
55%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 201 reviews

Bar Arriba

Reviewed By John B - Chatham, Canada

We have been here twice and while the food was decent, I strongly urge you to check your bill before paying. The second time we were here for happy hour. Cocktails are 2 for 1 with prices clearly marked on the drink menu at 3000 Colones. We are a couple in our 60s and clearly tourists to the the young local bar staff. We were charged 4000 Colones for my wife's cocktail, and had 2 glasses of wine added to our bill that we didn't have. This certainly seemed like a flagrant attempt to pad the bill, and not an accident. We are in Samara for a month, with plans on returning for future winters, but will definitely will not go back. The music was also far too loud for a dinner time crowd.

3. Restaurante Casa Esmeralda

Samara Beach | 300 Mts. Oeste Correo Postal, Playa Samara 50205, Costa Rica Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Seafood, Central American, Costa Rican, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +506 2656 0489
Excellent
60%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 450 reviews

Restaurante Casa Esmeralda

Reviewed By Emma F

Our server was very attentive. He filled our water promptly and was great in asking if we needed refills on our micro brews - which were delicious. The food was great, I would definitely go back!

4. Samara Pacific Lodge Restaurant

Barrio Cantarrana, Camino a Playa Buenavista, Playa Samara 50205, Costa Rica Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi French, Seafood, European, Central American, Costa Rican, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner HK$94 - HK$157 +506 2656 1033
Excellent
86%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 318 reviews

Samara Pacific Lodge Restaurant

Just minutes from Samara´s town center, Samara Pacific Lodge´s unique atmosphere and restaurant will make your visit a truly memorable experience. Don´t make your dinner a “bare necessity” but an outstanding evening of tastes and enjoyment. Our Chef finds her inspiration by combining tropical country´s wealth of products with European know how. The originality, attention to detail and outstanding tastes of every dish will make your visit unique and memorable.

Reviewed By chrisfromthecape - West Yarmouth, Massachusetts

Each night their menu changes. Since they only use the freshest ingredients and have a very creative order and chef H night you have four different selections of which to choose for a entrée. We ate there three times. The first night was our anniversary and the meal was exceptional. I ordered the beef with onion sauce and he ordered a seafood dish with shrimp and squid that was DEVINE. The second night that we ate there we both ordered the coconut shrimp that was quite good. Third night there was an octopus and pasta dish that we probably should’ve gotten because everybody who ate it pretty much licked to their plates!!!!
Service is excellent. The restaurant has maybe 8 tables and it fills up quickly so make a reservation. The restaurant is owned by a nice young couple who run a fine restaurant flawlessly.

5. Gusto Beach

100mt East Of The Police, Playa Samara 50205, Costa Rica Takeout, Television, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi Italian, Bar, Pizza, Seafood, Mediterranean, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks HK$78 - HK$196 +506 2656 0252
Excellent
53%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 955 reviews

Gusto Beach

Gusto Beach Risto Bar Sporting Club. Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Italian Restaurant, Pizzeria and BBQ. Tropical Bar, Wine Bar and Happy Hour. Special Events, Live Music and Party. Sporting Club, Beach Volley, Beach Tennis and SUP. Beach Chairs and Umbrellas. Boutique Gusto Store. Info Corner Angler Stories Ocean Tours.

Reviewed By ElizabethN234 - Lincoln, NE

This place is a little pretentious for my taste, but they do make a wonderful Tuna steak or salad (when they have tuna). Good place for special occasions.

6. Cabinas El Colibri

200 Mtrs Este Del Hotel Guanamar | 50 mtrs de la Iglesia, Playa Carrillo, Costa Rica Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Steakhouse, Latin, Barbecue, Argentinean, Central American, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$251 +506 2656 0656
Excellent
77%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 339 reviews

Cabinas El Colibri

Las mejores carnes al estilo Argentino en una de las mejores playas de Costa Costa, Playa Carrillo. Los invitamos a disfrutar de nuestra comida casera, sencilla en un ambiente familiar.

Reviewed By Rhea C - Reading, United Kingdom

By far the best restaurant in the area!!
Great lively atmosphere, always busy. Lovely relaxed but very helpful staff
We had two of the diff baked cheese starters both amazing!
The mussel starter was massive!
Steaks were amaze and so was chicken kebab all cooked on the grill in front of you.
Lovely wine and beers great night had twice!!

7. Leyenda

1 Kilometro al Este de la Plaza de Deportes de Puerto Carrillo, Playa Carrillo, Costa Rica Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible Seafood, South American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +506 2656 0381
Excellent
69%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 60 reviews

Leyenda

See reviews for the hotel, but I want to review the restaurant.

Reviewed By Sulate30

Love the place the waiter was awesome he made me and my family feel at home. The service was amazing and food mmm delicious. I definitely will come back..Dear guest, Thanks for your preference, we are glad to know you had a great time in our restaurant and we'll we happy to see you again. Thanks for your good reviews, kind regards

8. Samara Organics Mercado Organico

The Natural Center | Across the street from Hotel Del Mar & Restaurante Gusto Beach, Playa Samara 50205, Costa Rica Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast HK$16 - HK$63 +506 2656 3046
Excellent
74%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 177 reviews

Samara Organics Mercado Organico

Samara Organics is a family owned and operated local organic cafe and market. Located across the street from the beach at The Natural Center in the middle of Samara next to Hotel Casa del Mar and in front of Restaurant Gusto Beach. Our market offers a variety of products, many of them locally made like salsas, butters, oils, vinegars, pasta, super foods, coffee, granola, cereal, milks, goat yogurts and cheeses, chocolate, body products, gifts, art, and more. Our cafe offers sweet and savory treats, espresso, juices and smoothies. On Tuesdays from 8 to 11 organic fruits and vegetables are delivered along with fresh breads, goat cheeses and dips. You can even preorder online as veggies sell fast! Good Food ~Great Friends~Mellow Vibe! Come enjoy with us!

Reviewed By Jarred T

We are grateful for this little store. They stock difficult to find quality items, are centrally located and are super friendly! Excellent iced coffee and locally made chocolate and peanut butter. Thank you guys ?Thank you Jarred! We appreciate the time you took to review our store. Thanks so much for coming in and supporting our efforts. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Angelina

9. Lo Que Hay

Across the street from Casa Del Mar, Playa Samara, Costa Rica Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout Mexican, Latin, Bar, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Drinks HK$16 - HK$71 +506 2656 0811
Excellent
53%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Lo Que Hay

Lo Que Hay (It Is What It Is) is a lively beachside bar, serving tapas, tacos, nachos, and more. We've got delicious food, excellent views, and live music twice a week. Add in our extensive cocktail menu, ice-cold beer, and super staff, and we bet you'll feel right at home here. Bienvenidos!

Reviewed By Grantman66 - Portland, Oregon

We tried Lo Que Hay twice. It's proximity to the beach made it easy to visit. Our dinner experience was a 3. Very poor service, mediocre food but good ambiance. Our breakfast experience was quite the opposite. Beautiful setting looking out at the beach, very timely service, even friendly and a good overall breakfast. Really a pretty good place to start your day of enjoying what Playa Samara has to offer. My take is that the locals fill the bar in the evening and most of the staff, being friends with the locals, would rather BS and drink than work. Don't blame them just wouldn't eat dinner there again knowing that.

10. Ma Ma Gui

Banco National Main Road, Playa Samara, Costa Rica Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Drinks, Late Night +506 2656 2347
Excellent
70%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 498 reviews

Ma Ma Gui

Reviewed By Sharon C - Toronto, Canada

We really enjoyed dinner here on a Saturday night, serenaded by 2 talented Costa Rican musicians. Folks were dancing in the streets to the melodious harmonies and gentle rhythms of two Spanish guitars and vocals. Definitely an evening to remember and a place worthy of return!

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