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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, Drinks, Lunch, Late Night

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  • 34
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  • 6
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  • 5
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  • 1
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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 local bar

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
Stephanie M
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San Jose, California
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Dining on a budget
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
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95 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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

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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4 reviews
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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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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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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Toronto
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

As a Canadian I forget that I live in the country of plenty. The pub is a fun place to watch the world go by down below. The food was okay, nothing great but it filled a hole and the drinks were fine.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We were in Playa Samara during the hockey playoffs… We went to Arriba twice to watch the game. Great service, good prices, great drinks!

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toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We love to have a beer at the end of the day at the Arriba and watch to people go by on the main street as they head home from the beach. Such fun

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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Ladies night on Mondays. Happy hour of all drinks. Good por party. I havent tried The food. The drink Are Good.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

If you are looking at having a great time in Samara, this is the place to be. They had a great DJ from San Jose when I was there and the staff continues to be very friendly and fun! Always worthy of popping into to check out what is going on. It seems you will always find your friends (both... 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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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: Romantic, Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Entertaining clients

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