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Main Street, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
506 2656 1052
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Ranked #10 of 47 Restaurants in Playa Samara
Cuisines: Spanish, Tapas
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night

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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

The portions of the incredible food are unbelievable. At least 50% of the customers have take away. The prices reflect 2 meals per person... One in the restaurant and one back in your hotel or wherever.... They're that big!

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denver
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I went here a few times to watch (American) football with my husband, and it is one of only a couple of places in town to do this - for this I highly recommend. Good cold drinks, friendly bartenders. We only ate a couple of appetizers, and found them to be fine but not great. In particularly, we found the... More 

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Penticton, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Only been in town a few days but have been here twice. We like spicy food and they have really good Buffalo wings and you can get them grilled. The service can be a little slow depending on who is working but the bartenders speak good English and they have lots to choose from both drink and food wise. Prices... More 

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SF Bay Area
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

We went here several times, it's a great people watching spot being located on the second floor. Loved the folks that hang out there - a great mix of locals and tourists. Don't miss your favorite sporting event, they seem to be able to get just about everything. Check out the live music on Saturday evening. It's pretty mellow but... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Right on the main drag, it's fun to sit at the high table on the balcony edge and watch the people and traffic on the street below. I'm a vegetarian, but I did allow myself one fish meal while staying near the ocean - and it was the ceviche from this place. WELL worth the 'cheat' for me. They were... More 

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Houston, Texas
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Mmm the frozen mojitos are to die for! Go there in happy hour and drink as many as you can! Noisy, lively bar, great for people watching, full of expats. Did I mention the frozen mojitos?

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Heredia, Costa Rica
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58 reviews 58 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Sámara is a tourist destination and the prices for food and drink reflect this. That said, Bar Arriba has some specials like two for one that make it bearable. The atmosphere is very pleasant - well lit and not too noisy. There are several TVs with sporting events going at all times, but they don't prevent you from chatting with... More 

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Costa Rica
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This open air sports bar has everything you would expect.....several tv's, game packages and nice people but what is a great surprise is the quality of the food. Enjoy lunch and supper. At night there usually is a party. :)

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Pô, Sanguie, Burkina Faso
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

I cannot believe that my husband found a place to watch college football on Saturday. What a great owner/manager and staff! Try the Thai salad . . . and don't be afraid to eat and drink anything they put in front of you. This is Costa Rica and everything is safe to eat. Great fish, cold beer, great view down... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

This place had pretty good food but you really want to come here to party. Great party atmosphere, good music, and friendly owners/staff.

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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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