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Restaurante Tamara

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Central American, Costa Rican
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Main Street, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
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00:00 - 23:59
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Sun - Sat 00:00 - 23:59
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Orillia, Canada
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016

The food here tasted great - in fact, the best fish I had had so far In Costa Rica. BUT two days later, all twelve of us who ate at Restaurante Tamara became ill. The 5 people in our group who ate elsewhere remained healthy. The illness resulted in 4 people going to hospital, and lasted for everyone for at... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2016

What this place lacks in atmosphere & speed of service, it more than makes up for in taste! I highly recommend the gallo pinto with Caribbean chicken, Prepared with coconut milk in the traditional Caribbean method, the gallo pinto was the best I had (& I ate rice & beans in some form every day). Recommended by a local, it... More 

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Thank AKAlliekat
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2016 via mobile

Party of 3, hungry. The kitchen is more the tasty rural than the subtle gourmet style. As we were hungry this did not matter. Pattacones, however, too stuffy/starchy. Fish Filet with the gallo pinto and the beans paste was tasty. Recommended.

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2016

We splurged and got the big seafood platter, each of 4 fishes prepared in a different way. Two of these were so salty they were inedible. The other two were great. Service was very nice.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016

A 2 story restaurant in the heart of the main street, Speaking Spanish would have been helpful, but between a menu with pictures, and a staff eager to help we enjoyed a lunch typical of the area. The fruit drink was cold and thirst quenching - didn't know the name, but since most others seemed to enjoy it, we all... More 

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Thank valueexpeced
Calgary, Canada
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016 via mobile

Had the Chicken with Caribbean sauce and rice and beans. Tasty and filling. Reasonable prices and good sized portions.

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Saskatoon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2015 via mobile

Great local food. Rice dishes are amazing. Salads are fresh. Beer is cold! Vegetarian rice gives you a great portion of sautéed veggies with rice and salad.

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Thank Saskatchewan4
Brooklyn, New York, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015

We were in Puerto Viejo for the long October weekend with our kids and on our first night we decided to eat at Tamara.It is a family owned business that is quaint and the food is excellent. We had simple Caribbean fare along with blended natural juices. The margarita with salt was a bit strong for my taste but otherwise... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2015 via mobile

Came here for lunch. Great service and the drinks were amazing! Right in the puerto Viejo town. The food was fresh, hot, and yummy. I would come back!

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Thank Nicole R
London
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2015 via mobile

Ate here recently and would not recommend. Ordered the chicken with Caribbean sauce. It was dry, luke warm and service was poor. When I asked for the chicken to be heated they heated the whole plate, including the salad, but the chicken still wasn't hot in the middle. 1/5 is generous for the food we were served.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Central American, Costa Rican
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
00:00 - 23:59
Monday
00:00 - 23:59
Tuesday
00:00 - 23:59
Wednesday
00:00 - 23:59
Thursday
00:00 - 23:59
Friday
00:00 - 23:59
Saturday
00:00 - 23:59
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Street, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Limon  >  Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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