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Bar Arriba

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Main Street, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
506 2656 1052
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 8
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  • 7
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  • 2
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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 pub food and party bar

Good Pub style food with a few local options, at about 10 at night the DJ's come out getting all the ladies in town dancing. Mondays, Wednesday and the weekends are the best

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
specialKris
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Canmore, Canada
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Melbourne, Florida
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant was very close to our hotel. We ate there several times for a mid day meal because it was less expensive than most on the strip and they accept credit cards. Most places in Playa Samara are cash only. The food is so so. The burger and chicken wings being the best we tried. Salads were ok but... More 

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Canmore, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good Pub style food with a few local options, at about 10 at night the DJ's come out getting all the ladies in town dancing. Mondays, Wednesday and the weekends are the best

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Thank specialKris
Frisco, Colorado
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Keep a close eye on your drinks. The bartenders will swipe your full drink and throw it out the second you take your eye or hand off of it. Happened to my bottle of soda and to my wife's beer. When I brought it up with the manager he said it was my problem not his and if I wanted... More 

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Thank ModernNomadTV
Somerset, Wisconsin
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40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went to Bar Arriba to watch football and have a couple of beers. They had a grill going with a "mixed grill special" with a combo of shrimp, steak, chicken wings, and a beer. It smelled so good I was in! And not disappointed either! They didn't bug me every 5 minutes about more beer, but they were attentive... More 

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Thank heymagic
Ashland, Oregon
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

This bar is located on one of the main drags in Samra. Upstairs, with lots of TV's for the sports fan. Monday night is ladies night, with drink specials for the ladies. I had the special, the Red Sandwich, with fries and a Beer for 4,500 colones. We also tried the Yucca fries which were quite tasty. Service was excellent!... More 

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Thank SDAV2013
Houston, Texas
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

This bar is upstairs on one of the two main roads. It's your basic sports bar with a surf beach feel. The food was really good, service was excellent and prices were cheap. The big screens were easy to ignore if that's not your thing. Good vibe!

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Thank darla61
Tampa, Florida
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102 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

Sadly, I must admit after two weeks in Costa Rica I was missing a diversity of diet. Not that chicken fingers are a culinary experience, but this is one of the first places in my six trips to Costa Rica where the servings were generous-the fries were delightful. It has a great location upstairs on the main street. And there... More 

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Thank realflorida
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

Arriba is known for being a chill place to hang and watch sports or meet up with friends during the day to eat, drink, and be merry. You can people-watch as everyone walks up and down main street to and from the beach. It's also a great place to grab drinks and dance at night. Definitely a must visit in... More 

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Thank CRsurftrip
Swindon, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015 via mobile

Great food with good size portions. Can't give a five as I am not into cage fighting that was on the big screen. Drinks a fair price too.

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Thank swind0nnicki
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015 via mobile

The atmosphere was great, the staff very friendly & the sweet potato fries were fab! Reasonable prices, will be going back before I leave the area!

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Thank Lesley L

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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, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Romantic, Bar scene

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?