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Gingerbread Restaurant

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Gingerbread Hotel, Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica
+506 2694 0039
Tue - Sat 17:00 - 19:30
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Phoenix, Arizona
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Our family stayed in the Lake Arenal area for 5 days and we ate out for every meal. This was one of our favorite places. Portions were huge so plan on sharing or having left overs. Started with the escargot appetizer and the tropical fruit salad. For main courses the kids ate the chicken snitzel and the Mexican pork. The... More 

Thank Jason K
San Diego, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow! I have NEVER had an experience like I had at the Gingerbread Restaurant. First of all, my boyfriend and I are HUGE foodies. Sometimes we travel to different states just to try new Michelin restaurants. That being said the food in Costa Rica is nothing special to be honest. Yes there is fruit everywhere, but to get a high... More 

Thank szshkolnik
Craryville, New York
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53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Let's just say, you can't pick a bad item on the menu board, the owner/chef puts out a menu of 5 to 6 items for dinner and you might get overwhelmed trying to decide on what to choose, portions are large, appetizers are amazing and they encourage you to share with your friends. Atmosphere is wonderful, owner is loud but... More 

Thank John H
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54 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The owner Chef Eyal is a character who is boisterous and funny and his culinary creations are delicious and generous It will be a must stop whenever I travel back to the area. Based on his recommendation I will also try the boutique hotel as well!

Thank FredoTO
upstate ny
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We frequent this hotel/restaurant whenever we are in the area as we are extremely fond of Ayel, his amazing food, and charming cottages (we've only stayed in the Wine Cellar and The Garden of Eden, not the main house).

Thank caligirl6
Managua, Nicaragua
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103 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A must for your Culinary Road trip of Costa Rica. Their chef is amazing! The daily menu is written on a black board at the entrance and you can't go wrong with anything on the list. Plenty of variety in the menu: fish, meat, duck, vegetarian... Gingerbread is only open from 5:30-7:30, and make sure you call ahead for reservations.... More 

Thank Rose Mary G
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

Really great to have the opportunity to taste Eyals food ! He's an artist ....... Good atmosphere, good food, good wine ! Can't wait to get back !

Thank Philip v
2 reviews
Reviewed 6 April 2017

It was the most delicious food we have had in Costa Rica. The portions are huge, everything was fresh and cooked to perfection!

Thank Wendy J
United States
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31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

This may be the best restaurant in Central America. If you are in Costa Rica, you need to find a way to get there. 'Nuf said.

Thank CHEB15
Phoenix, Arizona
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed our meal here very much. Funny name for a Costa Rican Resturant. Their menu also very diverse. The atmosphere was open and inviting. We were greeted by Beth who used to live in Arizona what's the odds ? The sautéed mushrooms and heart of palm , avocado and several local cheeses, capers, delicious fresh tomatoes and sun dried... More 

Thank Donna M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$50
Central American, Costa Rican, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Digital Payments, Cash Only, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
17:00 - 19:30
17:00 - 19:30
17:00 - 19:30
17:00 - 19:30
17:00 - 19:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Gingerbread Hotel, Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Nuevo Arenal
  • Phone Number: +506 2694 0039

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