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La Palapa

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Seafood, 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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8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Good for:
Romance
Scenic view

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Visitor rating
  • 200
    Excellent
  • 83
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Perfect dinner on the beach!

My daughter and I are on holiday in Costa Rica. In Tamarindo tonight and we were looking for seafood on the beach. We found the perfect spot at La Palapa....feet in the sand and the surf on the beach about 10 ft away. Michael was the perfect host and our dinner of lobster and fish and chips was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
Holliscott
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Broomfield, Colorado
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Scenic view
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Broomfield, Colorado
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

My daughter and I are on holiday in Costa Rica. In Tamarindo tonight and we were looking for seafood on the beach. We found the perfect spot at La Palapa....feet in the sand and the surf on the beach about 10 ft away. Michael was the perfect host and our dinner of lobster and fish and chips was wonderful. They... More 

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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43 reviews 43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We had heard through the grapevine that La Palapa was a cut above for Tamarindo. It certainly is that and more. The service, which can often be very sketchy throughout Costa Rica, was very good. The food was also well presented and tasty. We had the especialidad de la case for two and it was a good value. The white... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

The food was average and the service was slow. They probably have a great view, but we went after dark.

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Montclair, New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

This restaurant was recommended by our concierge and he was right! We sat at a table on the beach and it was fantastic. The food was good and the drinks were good and the weather was flawless. Our server, Michael, was fantastic. It was just a lovely experience from beginning to end.

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New Braunfels, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Ate lunch there are last day at Los Altos de Eros. Enjoyed the 1lb lobster meal and my wife had sea bass fish and chips. Happy hour all afternoon!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

Dinner was great-especially the mixed seafood platter for 4. Kid choices are limited but good but didn't matter once the fire dancers came out to perform:). Service was a little slow but waitstaff was very personable--excellent view.

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Ottawa, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We visited La Palapa restaurant for lunch yesterday. The service was fantastic. We sat on the edge of the beach, We ordered fish and chips but they were out of Mahi Mahi and used sea bass instead. It arrived not as a filet but as fish sticks with a homemade tartar sauce. The fish actually tasted "fishy" and not to... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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169 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

had the Tico breakfast (sausage, eggs, beans/rice, tortillas) and it was good. my wife had fruit that wasn't the best, but okay. Some wasn't ripe, but good variety. Great view and good service

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We wanted to make sure we had at least one dinner overlooking the ocean and La Palapa did not disappoint. Great views and about as close to the water as one can get. However, the food was overall quite average. First the good new from our dinner for six. The Red Snapper was excellent. Highly recommended. The salads and deserts... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 via mobile

This place was wonderful! The view is incredible and located right on the beach. Two for one drinks! We visited with our family of 5 and they even brought a "juice" shooter for our 4 yr old!! The manager came over twice to make sure we were happy with the service. We were very impressed!

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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, Tapas

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Scenic view
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm

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