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US$7 - US$15
Seafood, Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean
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Reviewed 10 March 2020

I visited this restaurant with some of my 'local' friends in Cahuita. Everything I tasted was well prepared and even though certain items sold out, they were quick to recommend a good alternative. The vibe of the restaurant was very warm and inviting, with members...of the family-owned business in the store, really making you feel at home. Come here for great food and wines that may be difficult to find in the region!More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 22 February 2020

An extraordinary restaurant, a must if you come to Cahuita. The food is delicious, fresh. Simply extraordinary. The best tuna I have ever eaten. A superb selection of good wine, products from paradise. The service is breathtaking, the owners are simply fabulous. We feel in...Italy but in Costa Rica. If I could I would eat there every day. An extraordinary culinary experience. I definitely recommend it, a fabulous placeMore

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 14 January 2020

Amazing food! We had an appetizer, pasta and a pizza and it was all extremely tasty. (Had way too much to eat but it was just sooo good!) Very good Italian wine to go with it. Would recommend it!

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 31 December 2019

Our VRBO property manager worked with the restaurant to have our pizza delivered (via a taxi). The pizza was very flavorful and different than what we get in the states. The pizza hit the spot!

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 18 December 2019 via mobile

Restaurant run by two Italian people and that’s what you taste: great food, made with passion. Everything was just perfect and although there were not many guests no rush between the dishes but time enough to taste the bruschetta, pasta di mare, full with fish...and perfect housewine. Don’t miss it!!!!More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 9 November 2019

At here last night. A bit of a splurge. We started with an appetizer of toast with tomatoes and basil, then I had linguine with lobster and partner had lobster with salad and fries. An appetizer of tuna, onion and toast came gratis, as did...fresh bread. We also had a half carafe of wine. Wine was fine, food was good. They came and asked me if I wanted additional seafood with my pasta and I said sure. It came with two small split lobsters, mussels and clams, as well as cherry tomatoes. Large portions. Partner had 3 or 4 larger lobsters, as well as a separate plate full of salad and fries. He couldn't touch the fries. We don't have lobster where I live, but we have good fish, and I know the difference between good and old. This was tasty. Also, service was very good, staff friendly.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 15 October 2019 via mobile

We visited this place on our honeymoon after a very long drive from Arenal in the pouring rain, and the delicious food and kind service was exactly what we needed! Try the pizza and lobster ravioli. The owners are italian and have an excellent selection...of wine.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 10 October 2019 via mobile

I have no idea why a fine Italian restaurant is located here???? Hands down the best meal we’ve had in Costa Rica having been here over a week. Compares to restaurants in Italy and very reasonable prices. Cannot go wrong here.

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 1 May 2019 via mobile

We had the best pizzas in Cahuita in this restaurant. Prices are good and service is excellent. They served us some home made bread with chickpeas and tuna salad while waiting for the pizzas. Would definitly recommend.

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed 30 March 2019 via mobile

Go to Costa Rica for Italian? Yes! And really great authentic Italian at that, nice wine list. Lobster ravioli! Chocolate salame, everything freshly made. Nice family owners,

Date of visit: March 2019
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  • El Girasol is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 5
    • Service: 5
    • Value: 4.5
    • Atmosphere: 4.5