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La Vela Latina

American, Sushi, Central American, Costa Rican
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Beach Bar La Vela Latina, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
506 26562286
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great food and amazing location!

We stopped here for appetizers and drinks... Loved all of the infused fruit vodkas and the patacones! You can't beat the location either - wild horses came a few feet away from us as we enjoyed the crashing waves and delicious appetizers! Would definitely recommend!

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 9, 2015
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Delafield, Wisconsin
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Delafield, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

We stopped here for appetizers and drinks... Loved all of the infused fruit vodkas and the patacones! You can't beat the location either - wild horses came a few feet away from us as we enjoyed the crashing waves and delicious appetizers! Would definitely recommend!

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San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Mondays are 2:1 Sushi for certain rolls and they're not bad! I though most of the rolls offered were pretty tasty and worth it for sure on Mondays. No sushi on Tuesdays, it's the sushi-maker's day off.

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Powder Springs, Georgia
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

We really enjoyed the food and right on the beach. Evan had some jugglers stop by to entertain us. Couldn't have been better!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

I only ate here once and had the ceviche and a couple of beers, which was very good! Prices on par with American prices but the quality was good. This place is popular with ticos who seem to sit at the bar and drink all day...but I guess tourists do that too! (just not me). Great location and chill vibe.

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Philadelphia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Ugh. I hate to write anything unsupportive about a business. We ate at La Vela last year and enjoyed it immensely. We were in search of good seafood, and since Tabanuco was closed (Easter), we headed down the beach to La vela. The drinks were good (rum punch, pina colada, frozen lemonade and a passionfruit batidos). We ordered the seafood... More 

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

The ambience of this place can't be beat - a beautiful setting right on the beach, with spectacular wooden tables, an attentive wait staff, and food that is really delicious.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

When we arrived the restaurant was calm and quiet like the neighbouring beach restaurants we tried before. Just before our food was served an annoying band started playing that totaly ruined our dinner. We had the pasta with fish and seafood and it was nothing special at all. If you want to enjoy the scenery of the beautiful beach in... More 

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

When are food finally did arrive, I'm just glad it taste good, otherwise this whole dinner would have been a bust. We went with a group of about 6-7 people. Our orders ranged from burgers to sushi. It took forever to get drinks. We thought they forgot our order. 2-3 dishes would arrive at a time, where some of our... More 

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Arvada, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

This restaurant and bar is right on the beach. Seating is so comfortable either on the sand or under a shed type open-air structure. Very good service, friendly people and they allow you to linger and enjoy the beach. We ate here three or four times during our stay in Samara and it was good every time. Easy access from... More 

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London, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We had a good meal here, food is not as good as some of the restaurants in town but can't beat the location. Service was great. Portions were very large, some to take home. Overall, pretty good.

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Address: Beach Bar La Vela Latina, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 506 26562286
Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
Cuisine: American, Sushi, Central American, Costa Rican

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  • Address: Beach Bar La Vela Latina, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
  • Phone Number: 506 26562286

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Sushi, Central American, Costa Rican

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