Restaurants

Top Choice Mexican in Playa Sámara

Lo Que Hay

This rocking beachside taquería and pub offers six delectable taco fillings: fish, chorizo, chicken, beef, pork or veggie. The grilled avocados stuffed with pico de gallo are great. Even without tacos, a good time w…
Vegetarian in Playa Sámara

Luv Burger

The 'Luv' has moved to the beachfront from its former mini-mall locale. It's all veggie, all the time, from vegan pancakes for breakfast to guilt-free ice cream for dessert – even the burgers and sandwiches are meat…
Soda in Playa Sámara

Casa Esmeralda

A favorite with locals, this is a dressed-up soda with tablecloths, faux-adobe walls and excellent food. The menu ranges from the expected (arroz con pollo – chicken with rice) to the exotic (Italian octopus appetiz…
Bakery in Playa Sámara

Roots Bakery

The carrot cake is really good, and the spinach quiche is better. But the cinnamon buns are otherworldly – so rich, gooey, sweet and chewy that you might have to do penance after you eat one. Required eating.Roots i…
Market in Playa Sámara

Sámara Organics – Mercado Organico

It's not cheap, but self-caterers (and anybody with a dietary restriction) will appreciate this cafe and market, well-stocked with organic produce and delicious prepared foods. Come get your healthy food fix, and en…
Barbecue in Playa Sámara

El Lagarto

Grilled meats are the big draw at this alfresco restaurant, studded with old trees and walking distance to the waves. Watching the chefs work their magic on the giant wood-fired oven is part of the fun. The Surf &am…
Vegetarian in Playa Sámara

Ahora Sí

Sylvia of Bergamo runs this vegetarian restaurant and all-natural cocktail bar, and the fish joint next door. Expect smoothies with coconut milk, gnocchi with chive or smoked cheese, soy burgers, and imported Italia…
Italian in Playa Sámara

La Dolce Vita

Life is sweet when you're sitting under a giant palapa on the sand, drinking a smoothie and watching the surfers. This is a popular spot for pizza and sundowners, thanks to affable Italian owners and a prime beachfr…
French in Playa Sámara

Fiesta Crêp'

Salty or sweet? The savory crepes are good, the sweet ones even better, and during the day hummingbirds zoom in and out of the garden patio. If the banana-chocolate or passionfruit-cream offerings aren't quite enoug…
Pizza in Playa Sámara

Locanda

Ask anyone in Sámara where the best pizza in town is and they'll point you here, at the southern corner of the beach. The thin-crust slices disappear as quickly as the sun over the horizon. Enjoy the two-for-one dri…