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Rancho de La Playa

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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
Great place to eat and have fun!

Rancho de la Playa has become one of our favorite places in Samara. Wednesday and Saturday nights they have live music and there are always nightly specials on food and drinks. The ambiance is wonderful with very friendly staff, especially Megan with her always cheerful smile and the good food. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2013
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Pensacola, Florida
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Grand Junction, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

My favorite meal there is the Seafood Pasta. I'm usually burning of carb's fishing for long hours in a boat there and need my carb fix often. Megan is a sweetie from back home who will get it your way... just ask!!!

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Brantford, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I attended this hotel/restaurant on 2 occasions, 1 for the live music which was great and 1 for the breakfast. This is where the review takes a turn for the worse. My husband ordered the American breakfast to which he asked for either bacon or ham , they said we have ham, I ordered the typica breakfast.we... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Rancho de la Playa has become one of our favorite places in Samara. Wednesday and Saturday nights they have live music and there are always nightly specials on food and drinks. The ambiance is wonderful with very friendly staff, especially Megan with her always cheerful smile and the good food. The steak with peppercorn sauce and the grilled dorado are... More 

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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

The Rancho de la Playa was one of the first restaurants/hotels I frequented while visiting Samara, and is one that I will continue to go to while living here. The prices are very affordable for the hotel and restaurant, the food is very good (both in taste and in the amount you receive), and the service is excellent. The owners... More 

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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

The Rancho de la Playa was one of the first restaurants/hotels I frequented while visiting Samara, and is one that I will continue to go to while living here. The prices are very affordable for the hotel and restaurant, the food is very good (both in taste and in the amount you receive), and the service is excellent. The owners... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013 via mobile

have had 2 different dishes here and they were both good. The music was amazing and our kids were dancing for over an hour. The locals seem to come here for the music as well.

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Denver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013 via mobile

We truly enjoyed our eve at Rancho. Loved the food, live music, and service. We had 8 people including 4 children and we all had a blast. We really liked the grilled snapper, chicken curry, and kids enjoyed the burger and fries. Overall good value, diverse menu, and cool ambiance. Family friendly early and then non families enjoying the live... More 

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California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Prior to our trip we chose this restaurant to dine on our first night in Playa Samara because of good reviews and because of live music on Wednesday/Saturday nights. We did learn that ownership changed hands about one year ago which may explain my scathing review. We attended on a Wednesday night. Good live music was available. With only one... More 

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Gatineau
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

We had many meals at the Rancho and always good. We enjoyed especially the pasta with smoked tuna. What a treat that was. They should add more finger food on their menu for the days where you do not want a full meal.

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Clemson, SC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Come here on Wednesdays for Live Music or Saturdays for Open Mike Night. The burritos are delicious, and they regularly have decent drink specials.

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Address: Playa Samara, Costa Rica
Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
Cuisine: International

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  • Address: Playa Samara, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: International

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