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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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  • 208
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  • 91
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 17
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  • 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
Our favourite beachside bar

We went here for lunch and drinks every day. Loved the ceviche!! The best ever!! Two for one drinks, beautiful views and amazing service. What more could we ask for! thank you!!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 6, 2015
Kevin K
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Vancouver, Canada
Good for:
  • Scenic view
  • Romantic
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Long Beach, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We just wanted a quick bite (a couple of ceviches), and while the food was good, after the waitress dropped off the food she simply fell off the planet. Luckily we waved down another waiter who was way more attentive and was kind. It was an OK experience and luckily the waiter salvaged our experience. The other memorable thing about... More 

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4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Came here with a few friends and were lured in with their all day buy one get one drink specials. Food was average nothing great and we certainly didn't think worth the prices. The burger was awful. We tried to avoid the beach hotel restaurants in Tamarindo such as this one and hotel Diria places. The food isn't great and... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We went here for lunch and drinks every day. Loved the ceviche!! The best ever!! Two for one drinks, beautiful views and amazing service. What more could we ask for! thank you!!

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Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Brian is a GREAT server, ask for him if he's there. Great restaurant, right on the beach, great food and fabulous drinks. Enjoy a leisurely lunch with toes in the sand and a wonderful ocean breeze!

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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 via mobile

We went to La Palapa every evening at 5:00ish, to sit at a table out on the beach to watch the Gorgeous sunsets. We had two for one Pina Coladas and they were the BEST either of us had ever had! The same with the ceviche-delicious! The waitors are fun and friendly and treat you as family. Two of the... More 

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Lewisburg, West Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Seeking a quiet place on the beach to have a drink I was encouraged to try La Palapa. I asked if they served horchata- my favorite desert drink. I was assured that if I went, they would have it. We were seated outside on the beach to watch the beautiful sunset while we waited for the rest of our group.... More 

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Larkspur, California, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Recommended by the local jewelry vendor who we bought homemade nice necklaces from, I think it was the best seafood I've had since Mamas Fish House on Maui. Staff were cool and friendly and the sunset from the table was spectacular, past the mellow surfers and moored fishing boats. We'll go back for more; the owner says that after sunset... More 

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Carmel, Indiana
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Our family of 6 had a wonderful lunch right on the beach! Our waiter Michael was very friendly. The food here was great and the 2 for one happy hour drinks were yummy!

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Atlanta
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99 reviews 99 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We walked to La Papalapa hotel and restaurant and rented chairs everyday we were on the beach in Tamarindo. One of the best places to relax because of all the palm trees (shade if you want it). We ate lunch here every day and it was good. Eric was the hardest working man we met. He brought us beer and... More 

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Sleepy Hollow, Illinois
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We had walked along the beach and decided to stop for something to eat. We sat and ordered chips and guacamole as an appetizer. We also ordered our lunch we both had a mahi mahi fish sandwich. The server forgot to give us our chips. No worries we just wanted to make sure we were not charged for the. We... 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, 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?