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La Palapa

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$$$
Seafood, Spanish, Tapas
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Tamarindo main street | Main Street of Tamarindo, 20m Before the Circle, Beach Side, Tamarindo 24600, Costa Rica
+506 2653 0362
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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    Very good
  • 30
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  • 18
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  • 11
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Beach front and delicious!

Order the Mixed Grill...it's a huge platter of fresh seafood! Share it with at least 3 other people!!! Sit on the beach. Enjoy the fire show...and the sunset...Pura Vida!

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
Denise B
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Glen Rock, New Jersey
Good for:
  • Scenic view
  • Romantic
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Glen Rock, New Jersey
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Order the Mixed Grill...it's a huge platter of fresh seafood! Share it with at least 3 other people!!! Sit on the beach. Enjoy the fire show...and the sunset...Pura Vida!

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nfm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

The restaurant offers beach seating. Don't be in a hurry. Drink your coffee and enjoy the great beach sand and view. You can drink your coffee various ways. The food was big enough for two or bring a large appetite. I always suggest ordering the fruit plate with your meal

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Sacramento, California
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We came here twice on our 2 week visit. You can sit right on the beach and the drinks food and service are great

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New Jersey
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Friendly staff, great drinks and great apps! Brian and the rest of the staff were so friendly and made are visit even more fun!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Good customer acquisition on the street. Downhill from there. Overpriced food, but pretty tasty. Happy hour drinks were reasonably priced at 2/$7 but they were the weakest we had while in tamarindo. Service was not good. They forgot about us a few times. Other tables ordered after and got food way before us. After we got somebody's attention, food did... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

After 2 nights and 3 days, in tamarindo, this is a very special place for tha last dinner, the burgers, and the spaghetti were perfect. The service is very good, they're nice and funny, the piña colada is delicious, the view of the tamarindo´z beach is relaxing with the perfect sunset. Good choice!

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Great Ambiance. Happy hour was nice. Love sitting by the beach. The staff was friendly. Will return upon our return to Tamarindo.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We went in here for their happy hour. Apparently every hour is happy hour! The staff was friendly, attentive and willing to answer any questions about the area and activities. Their happy hour is two for one and they have a nice list of beverages to chose from. They are right on Tamarindo Beach and you can't beat the view.

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Cairo, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Our group of 5 couples ate at La Palapa on our first night of our stay in Tamarindo. What a great choice! Beautiful setting on the beach with an incredible sunset, great food and drinks, (the Miguelito was our favorite). Roaming talented Mariachi band visited our table and after dinner we were entertained by a fire performer on the beach.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

I was very skeptical about choosing a restaurant while in tamarindo. Everyone is flashing menus in your face trying to get you to eat at their place. A local recommended la palapa, he said their seafood was amazing. So we decided to check it out. We were greeted by a friendly, bilingual host who gave us a beautiful table right... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Tamarindo main street | Main Street of Tamarindo, 20m Before the Circle, Beach Side, Tamarindo 24600, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Tamarindo
  • Phone Number: +506 2653 0362

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 60
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Spanish, Tapas

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm

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