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Bar Arriba

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Spanish, Tapas
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Main Street, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
506 2656 1052
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks

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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
Great food and good service

We had lunch here one day in Samara, it was very good! Hubby had the shrimp kababs. These were huge shrimp, very tasty. I had the fish fingers...excellent white meat fried to perfection in a beer batter. Yummy Michelados!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 13, 2015
El G
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Victoria, Texas
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
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Foster, Rhode Island
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

The bar where the Americans and ex-pats go. Sports bar atmosphere. Televisions everywhere. Good for watching the soccer game. Food (vegetable kabobs) was very good. Just prefer to go places where I can interact with the locals and this did not seem like the place. Service was good though and they did have a great live band after the soccer... More 

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Denver, Colorado
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This place was referred by many people in town and I'm not sure why. Went in on a Monday night, the place had a few people but wasn't packed. Went in with a group of 5 of us. The table was to close to all the tables around so we would get bumped constantly by people trying to get by.... More 

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Victoria, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We had lunch here one day in Samara, it was very good! Hubby had the shrimp kababs. These were huge shrimp, very tasty. I had the fish fingers...excellent white meat fried to perfection in a beer batter. Yummy Michelados!

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We also watch the Women's World Cup! What fun. 2 for 1 beer and my husband even won a cold one. Perfect for what we were looking for. My cousin had the "best frozen mojito" she'd ever had. Food was inexpensive and tasty. Great service!

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Frisco
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

We ate here both nights we stayed in Playa Samara. The chicken pitas were tasty and the drinks were strong. If you're looking for something sweet, we recommend Arriba's twist on an Amaretto Sour. Yum! We watched the women's World Cup final here on night two - what a fantastic atmosphere and tv's are everywhere. Speakers we're also a huge... More 

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

We stumbled into this place because it was blistering hot and they were having a 2 for 1 happy hour. We got a bucket of Imperial beer (ICE cold) and watched a soccer match with all the locals. It was so much fun. It's not a big place, and the food is mostly american type fare. The chicken/veggie kabobs were... More 

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Miami, Florida, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

It's a sports bar so it offers that type of food which is alright. The ladies nigh on Mondays are worth going for ... 2 cocktail drinks for the price of one and music goes from latin to hip hop with much variety in between.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Casual atmosphere. The people here were very friendly and welcoming. The food was good and the prices were very reasonable

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Listed as tapas restaurant it's absolutely not. Not a single tapas on the menu. Burgers and salads, fries and chicken filet. A bit disappointed on the menu we did order a salad and a Arriba burger to give it a chance. The fries where not home made but McDonald style, just out of a bag French fries. The burger was... More 

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Manitoba, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

This was a great spot to catch up with good friends over a few drinks and a good meal. Being able to watch NHL hockey playoffs on one of the several big screens was an added pus! The prices were good and the friendly service was great at this open air bar/restaurant. Huge shrimp, ice cold beer, good friends and... More 

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

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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: Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Doing business

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