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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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7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dessert, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, 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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  • 214
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  • 94
    Very good
  • 26
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  • 18
    Poor
  • 10
    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
First night here.

So we were enticed into the restaurant on our first night in Tamarindo with 2 for 1 cervezas and since we had just arrived in town a couple beers sounded good. We sat on the beach and decided to have some food as well. Our server Brian was great as were the other members of the staff. I had the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
Jason M
Good for:
  • Scenic view
  • Romantic
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shrewsbury, nj
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12 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We had dinner one night and were very disappointed. My kids had the fish and chips, which they liked. I had sushi that was all rice and a tiny piece of tuna. My husband has a blacked fish that was just ok. We had only two beers and no dessert and the bill was $95! Totally not worth it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

So we were enticed into the restaurant on our first night in Tamarindo with 2 for 1 cervezas and since we had just arrived in town a couple beers sounded good. We sat on the beach and decided to have some food as well. Our server Brian was great as were the other members of the staff. I had the... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

A tour guide recommended La Palapa for dinner, so we thought we'd try it ou! It did not disappoint! Eating on the beach was a treat. The view was stunning and we had excellent service! My husband and daughter had the grilled tuna and it was perfection! My other daughter and I had the grilled tenderloin with mashed potatoes and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I stopped in La Palapa on a weekday evening, drawn in by their happy hour advertisement. I went mainly to be able to sip something delicious while having a beautiful front-row seat to the sunset on the beach, and La Palapa delivered on all counts. After a few cocktails, I munched on chips and guac, which were great.

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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Lovely setting but food is only so so and service mirrors that. Eating on the beach is good but you are constantly interrupted by beach vendors selling sunglasses, pots, whistles, bowls... Prices are on the high side. They were out of guacamole at lunch if you can believe that. Basic disappointment to me.

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Title says it all Catering to high end gringos, who are used to bad service Takes forever to get what you order and even longer to get the bill. Then they try to short you for your change

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San Antonio, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Great service and excellent seafood just steps from the waters edge. It is like having a picnic with a world class chef preparing the food. The ever present staff have been working there for years and you can tell they love their work. In Tamarindo, La Palapa is the best place on the beach to eat and enjoy a beer.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

My husband and I stopped here while waking along the beach for some drinks and a bite to eat. It's all day happy hour, so all of our drinks were 2 for 1. We got the mixed ceviche, which was delicious, and the chips and guac. It was so wonderful to sit right along the beach with our toes in... More 

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Ciudad de Mexico, México
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Great restaurant at the beach in Tamarindo! It's better to sit outside, the food is fabulous and the waiters rock (Bryan specially), we had a blast. Plus, they had a show with fire that looked lovely. Prices were on the upper side, but totally worth it!

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Midland, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

A MUST!! We stopped in here several times during our visit! The view from the outdoor seating is absolutely magical at sunset and the customer service is outstanding!

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Additional Information about La Palapa

Address: Tamarindo main street | Main Street of Tamarindo, 20m Before the Circle, Beach Side, Tamarindo 24600, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +506 2653 0362
Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Tamarindo
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
Average Prices: USD 5 - 60
Cuisine: Seafood, Tapas

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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: 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?