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Beachfront, 100 mt East from Pubblic Pier, Puerto Jimenez 60702, Costa Rica
+506 2735 5129
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Coronado, Costa Rica
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198 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

I love the location but you need to sit at the tables by the water. People park their cars & block the view if you sit on the other side. I had fish with shrimp & white sauce which was good but the included veggies were sautéed onions & peppers of which I like neither. I was expecting broccoli or... More 

1 Thank Saltspringsgirl
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

Wow! This restaurant is wonderful! First of all, the location is beautiful, right next to the sea. The food is delicious and made with so much love and attention (by an Italian chef!). On top of that, the hostess Cecilia and her husband are the most loving and warm people we've met. They also have rooms for rent (recommended!), and... More 

Thank Jorien91
Warwick, New York
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2016

I LOVE this restaurant! I've eaten at Il Giardino before but this was the first time at their newer waterfront location. If it's possible, the food is even better than its always been! We had the past with pesto, pasta with bolognese sauce and pizza. We also had one of the most delicious heart of palm salad that I've ever... More 

Thank keymarina
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016 via mobile

We was there before one week. Pizza and Milanese was very weak and pasta was average/good. Value for money very poor.

Thank Tomas D
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2016 via mobile

After reading positive reviews we chose to have dinner here. I had filet of fish with vegetables which turned out to be an overcooked tuna steak ( no asking how I wanted it cooked) and oily onion and peppers. The " included" Rosemary bread had to be requested and was stale bread briefly fried in oil and rosemary. This dish... More 

Thank Anne M
IlGiardinoPJ, Manager at Il Giardino, responded to this review

Overcooked is a relative concept. If I want something cooked in a certain way or grade, I always specify it to the waiter.....if not, the chef will prepare it as the the standard way, and our Standard way is "medium"....just for to try to fit with the most of the Guests Taste..... sorry if you wanted it red or rare....you... More 

Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2016

My husband and I sat at the table in the picture! It was at night, though, but sitting right next to the ocean by candle light was great. The food and drinks were very good. Nice spot. Definitely recommend.

Thank lvorkink
Sebastopol, California
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139 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2015 via mobile

One meal here - seafood plus a gin and tonic - was good, with pleasant atmosphere and service from the owners' daughter. Didn't find prices to be any higher than other places on the waterfront, and this place is a bit more tranquil than most.

Thank Don L
Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2015 via mobile

This is a good place indeed. Food that tastes great. Unfortunately it is sooo expensive!! Keep that in mind. I am not sure if prices and quality go together here. Up to you!

Thank Canyoneering
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2015 via mobile

The best meal we've had for our entire 2 week stay in Costa Rica. Amazing homemade pasta by the chef owner himself. Great homemade raviolis , Everything was just perfect and made with love . If you're craving really great Italian food this is the place. Gerry Quinn

Thank Gerry Q
Madison, Wisconsin
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2015

This is a restaurant with rooms to rent in the back. We stayed here for several nights while visiting Corcovado. The rooms are basic and the restaurant is excellent. We sat on the beach and watched the moon rise.

1 Thank tcty45

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$15
Italian, Mediterranean, Pizza, Seafood, International, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery, Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Business meetings
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Beachfront, 100 mt East from Pubblic Pier, Puerto Jimenez 60702, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Osa Peninsula  >  Puerto Jimenez
  • Phone Number: +506 2735 5129
Located on the Ocean drive Beach, we have some tables just on the water, for a scenic sunset dinner with candlelight and Soft Eclectic Music.
it is more than 14 years that Il GIardino is rising the bar of the quality of Food, Service and Ambient, establishing the comparative mark for local and not local restaurant.
This Year we started serving, first in town ever, GRILLED WHOLE FISH AND ITALIAN STYLE " FIORENTINA " STEAK, obtaining great appreciation from our Guests.
We try to use, the most is possible, local products for our plates, and we, as always, produce our homemade Pasta and Bread, being, again, the only one in this.
We utilize only Local Farmer Meat, that we season following the Old Italian Tradition from Toscana and Piemonte, and we prepare it on the Grill, just in front of our Guests.
Our BANANA-BOMBA dessert is an unique creation of us, and somebody says that "...it is the Tiramisu' of future!!"
The Fresh Fruit drinks we prepare and the Cocktails are always made with fresh fruit and no prefabricated mix are involved in them.
We are the Culinary experience you are looking for in the OSA!!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?