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Lo Que Hay

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Mexican, Pizza, Hamburgers, Tapas
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Across the street from Casa Del Mar, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 0811
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7:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Lo Que Hay (It Is What It Is) is a lively beachside bar, serving tapas...
Lo Que Hay (It Is What It Is) is a lively beachside bar, serving tapas, tacos, nachos, and more. We've got delicious food, excellent views, and live music twice a week. Add in our extensive cocktail menu, ice-cold beer, and super staff, and we bet you'll feel right at home here. Bienvenidos!
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great food and drinks!

My husband and I came here a few times and enjoyed it! Friendly staff, great food, and great drinks! Nice to be right on the beach too.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
Katlyn H
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Victoria, Canada
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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

My husband and I came here a few times and enjoyed it! Friendly staff, great food, and great drinks! Nice to be right on the beach too.

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

While Lo Que Hay is a great place for a meal at any time when visiting Samara, we contacted them for a very special pre-wedding party on the beach at sunset for our son's wedding. Megan was absolutely responsive and terrific in helping us plan a memorable and special pre-wedding welcome party for 75 on the beach at sunset. Fabulous.... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Great lunch spot on the beach, can't beat the location. Staff was great, Laura was a fantastic server. Came for lunch but ended up staying longer for the beers.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Came here for party the night before a wedding and it was lovely! They were so accommodating, great staff. The tacos are delicious, perfect for a snack on the beach for lunch too.

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Miami, Florida, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Loved the atmosphere and staff really nice. They also have good live music. They are a bit pricey for the amount of food but compared to the other places to eat right on the beach this one has the best value for money. If you like fish you must have their fish tacos!

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maui, hawaii
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Their Taco Tuesday is a great deal and they now have DRAFT BEER which is very hard to find in CR! Kevin makes amazing cocktails too! The owner was very helpful in recommending things to do nearby. They also have live music a few times a week. Best spot on the beach to watch the sunset with the sand between... More 

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Oakville, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

On the beach. We lucked out and had live music. Tacos are excellent - pulled pork is the best. Fun place

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Delicious tacos aside, a glorious place to spend an afternoon basking in the sun, soaking up the spirit of Samara, and reveling in the presence of the sexiest bartender in town! It's where everyone knows your name, and they're always glad you came... and you'll be glad you came too.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

i wouldn't say this is where the locals eat, but I had several tasty lunches at Lo Que Hay and always enjoyed the relaxed vibe and beach views. The fish tacos were my go to lunch when hungry, but the watermelon with local cheese appetizer was lovely on the lighter side. My husband enjoyed the grilled avocado appetizer as well.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 via mobile

Suggested by Doug, owner of The Hideaway, we stopped in for open mic night. We had the Tico fried cheese with fresh watermelon and some yummy tacos. Raphael and Kelvin were working that night. We felt like "regulars". If you are looking for good food, vibes and cocktails, as well as an amazing beach view, then this is one stop... More 

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So great to meet you ladies! Please come back soon! Megan + Lo Que Hay More 

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Additional Information about Lo Que Hay

Address: Across the street from Casa Del Mar, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +506 2656 0811
Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday 7:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday 7:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday 7:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday 7:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday 7:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday 7:00 am - 12:00 am
Average Prices: USD 2 - 9
Cuisine: Mexican, Pizza, Hamburgers, Tapas

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Across the street from Casa Del Mar, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
  • Phone Number: +506 2656 0811

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 2 - 9
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Pizza, Hamburgers, Tapas

Description

Lo Que Hay (It Is What It Is) is a lively beachside bar, serving tapas, tacos, nachos, and more. We've got delicious food, excellent views, and live music twice a week. Add in our extensive cocktail menu, ice-cold beer, and super staff, and we bet you'll feel right at home here. Bienvenidos!
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
7:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?