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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, Late Night, Drinks, Lunch

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  • 7
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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 happy hour. Good food!

WE stumbled on to this place on main street. The food was good and they have big portions. Watched some American football on the big screen t.v. Good time.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
ltravel702
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Las Vegas, Nevada
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Dining on a budget
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

WE stumbled on to this place on main street. The food was good and they have big portions. Watched some American football on the big screen t.v. Good time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This place is fun and great to take the kids for chicken and French fries. Best French fries in Sámara. Cold beer, happy hour specials, and lots of screens to watch the soccer match. Remember you're on Costa Rica and they wait tables like Costa Ricans which means go to the bar to pay and ask when you need something.... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

This is a really fun place, but the surprise was how good the food was. I had the veggie kabobs and they were out of this world! The band that played later was awesome - all good stuff!

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Silverthorne, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

OMG we couldn't get enough of this place! The veggie burger, chicken pita, BLT and cheese fingers were all out of this world. We ate here several times for lunch throughout our 2 week stint in Samara. The wait staff were friendly and remembered us. The bar is owned by a couple of Canadians, but the staff are Ticos. We... More 

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Foster, Rhode Island
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15 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

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
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3 reviews
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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9 reviews
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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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27 reviews
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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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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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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: Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Doing business, Romantic, Dining on a budget

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