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Bar Arriba

Spanish, Tapas
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Main Street, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
506 2656 1052
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Good for:
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Dining on a budget

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  • 43
    Excellent
  • 29
    Very good
  • 4
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  • 4
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent food and customer service

The food was promptly served when we arrived at the restaurant, the food was excellent and prices were appropriate. They also had the best drinks of all the bars I visited in Samara Beach.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
Julie J
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Appleton, Wisconsin
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
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80 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

The food was promptly served when we arrived at the restaurant, the food was excellent and prices were appropriate. They also had the best drinks of all the bars I visited in Samara Beach.

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Enderby
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We were getting tired of the traditional fare of rice, beans and meat in Costa Rica. Bar Arriba exceeded our expectations with great (huge) salads and tasty kebabs with lots of vegetables along with the meat. The prices were reasonable for the food and the drinks.

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New York City, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

The best non beachfront spot in Samara. Similar to an American sportsbar with flat screen TVs, darts and a decent selection of beer. The service was fast and the food was really good (the cheesesteak was better than most I've had in Philly,) it was a little pricey but that seems to be the standard in Samara.

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Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Had one beer here. Tried to order more but getting the server's attention was basically impossible. Gave up and went somewhere else.

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

I came here a few times for different purposes, and was never disappointed. The bar and night life, was great. good location, good bar tenders and service. A good quick burger place opened near the ramp (perfect for late night munchies). I came to watch the Winnipeg Jets play hockey (they would have the games on live) - a bonus.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

I had ceviche here, it was ok. Really liked the sweet potato fries though! Portions are large and good for sharing. As a bar, I'm not much into sports so did not appreciate the mega large screen, although I'm sure others would.

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Wichita, Kansas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Ate lunch there twice and came back for the night life. We were recommended to go there at night by another bar owner and told it is the best bar in town.

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Grants Pass, Oregon
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99 reviews 99 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

We went to the Bar Arriba the first night in Samara to watch football. Since we didn't know the town yet we knew we could see the game here. We had some simple snacks of chips and salsa which were OK. Since it was Happy Hour we thought great we get 2 for 1. Be on top of your game,... More 

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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24 reviews 24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Service was great. Food was good, typical bar food with some creative additions thrown in. Basically reminds me of being in a sports bar in the States since the place is full if tourists.

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Ottawa, Canada
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97 reviews 97 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Great place to catch football matches. They have the main channels but will try to find your game using the internet. The delicious thai salad at 2700 colones is huge and great value. Occasional live music.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Main Street, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
  • Phone Number: 506 2656 1052

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget

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