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Clarita's Beach Bar & Sports Grill

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300 meters North of Best Western Hotel 'on' Jaco Beach, Jaco, Costa Rica
(506) 2643-3327
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7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Brunch, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night
Description: Clarita's Beach Bar & Sports Grill is located directly 'on' Jaco beach 300...
Clarita's Beach Bar & Sports Grill is located directly 'on' Jaco beach 300 meters north of the Best Western Hotel. Clarita's was the first Bar in Jaco opened in 1964 by Clarita's mom. Therefore, Clarita's is the favorite Restaurant/Bar of the local Costa Ricans. If you are coming to Costa Rica to experience the local culture come to Clarita's. If you are coming to Costa Rica to meet just Americans or Euros then go to the Marriott! Clarita's montra is "Dun Worry...Be Happy & Get Waco in Jaco". With that in mind, if you are an uptight or over demanding please come to Clarita's and we will happily give you an attitude adjustment. If you are laid back, looking for a fun time, great views of the beach scene and surfers, and/or wanting to experience the most spectacular sunsets in Jaco, then Clarita's is your ticket. Besides serving the cooldest and cheapest beer on the Beach and the goofiest cocktails in Jaco, Clarita offers a full breakfast, lunch, snack & dinner menu from 7:00am until Clarita gets tired or drunk and decides to close the kitchen (usually 10ish pm) Clarita serves fresh Pacific catches brought in daily by local fishermen ie. Red Snapper, Dorado, Ahi Tuna steaks and her unique ceviche. On Jacó's largest barbeque grill, Clarita also offers up local C.R. dishes of chicken, shrimp, burritos, enchiladas, pasta, pepper steak, barbeque ribs, and filet mignon. Like Clarita always says, "My cooking is sooo good I even eat it on occasion". **As of January 2013 you can even pig out on PIZZA CLARITA ... made fresh and to order in Clarita's brick oven! No item on the menu exceeds $15.00. Clarita is able to keep her prices low by cheating the other guy and passing the savings on to you! As for service, Clarita's girls will "eventually" find you even if you are sitting at one of her tables on the Beach or involved in a game of Beach Volleyball. However, if the Clarita girls don't meet your standards all we ask you to do is lower your standards. As for live entertainment: Every Thursday night Clarita hosts the Biggest Beach Fiesta in Jaco with $1 Beers from 7-9pm, Latina Musica and Dancing under the Stars to reggae, salsa, merengue and your requests until midnight. Friday is Tequila Karaoke night. Sing a song or dance with a Clarita girl on stage and get a FREE shot after the boos die down! Saturday is Guest Band Night and plenty more dancing. Sundays feature Clarita's world famous calypso band 'Dun Worry . . . Be Happy' and your choice of NFL or Baseball games off her 7 large screen satellite TVs.(Clarita is unfortunaley addicted to the Chicago Cubs... probably as a result of all the tequila she drinks.)
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice beachside atmosphere

Really quaint spot on the north end of Jaco Beach. Rustic and open air. Good food and reasonable prices. I had the BLT and it was great can't vouch for anything else. But I will try it again in the months to come. If you want a great beach view and value for your money try this one out.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Phoenix, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW via mobile

The food is certainly way overpriced and poorly made. With that said, the atmosphere, view and hammocks make up for the poor service (kind of). Eh....

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San Antonio, Texas
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68 reviews 68 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We spent our Christmas vacation in Jaco. After canceling our fishing outings with some jerk outfitter in Quepos (they took us out to fish for bait- husband raised Cain and got money back) but we found ourselves gravitating back to this beach bar now that we had all this extra time. Let me tell you, we have never enjoyed the... More 

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Westcliffe, Colorado
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I have heard so much about this place and was extremely disappointed by the complete lack of service, the ridiculous amount of time it took us to just get our drinks, which was over 30 minutes, as well as the food we ordered, which took over an hour. To top it all off the bill seemed a little high at... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Really quaint spot on the north end of Jaco Beach. Rustic and open air. Good food and reasonable prices. I had the BLT and it was great can't vouch for anything else. But I will try it again in the months to come. If you want a great beach view and value for your money try this one out.

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Jaco, Costa Rica
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

After work we stopped by to grab a meal. Asked the waitress how long normally the wait is for our plate. She said around 20 minutes. Ok no problem. 1 hour later and no food... as we are now fed up and late for our next appointment, we decide to walk up to the counter and ask where the food... More 

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da22, Owner at Clarita's Beach Bar & Sports Grill, responded to this review

Hola: I have the above reviewer's bill in front of me. He was charged $13.00 - not $18.00 - for 12 wings and a drink. He claims he can get the same down the street for $6.00. I'd like to know where. Perhaps in Panama? If the reviewer can provide me with the name of the restaurant in Jaco that... More 

Deer River, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We rented a place just down the beach from Claritas. We were able to walk their with the children. We had lunch and dinner there. The signs all around inside the restaurant were fun to read. Food was good, it was comfortable and it was right on the beach. We ate there at least three times. We had good service.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Great location and views on beach, but the poorest, slowest service in a two week visit to Jaco. Really disappointed as so many locals and friends talked so highly of this place...maybe we will try again someday. I don't mind slow service, but when you are ignored and clearly there to spend money...come on.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We sat and looked at the pretty Palm trees and beach while having fish tacos and Cervesa. Our food was delicious! Service was okay. We paid in US $ and the server tried keeping the $10 change as a tip!

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Fallston, Maryland
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14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Food fairly good. Slow service, excellent location on the Pacific Ocean Beach in Costa Rica, chairs and hammocks to relax.

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Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Located right on the beach, with hammocks, plenty of outdoor seating with umbrellas or open seating in the restaurant. Service is friendly but slow so don't be in a rush. Local food served as well as American-style, dog friendly. Reasonable prices for reasonable food. Recommend.

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da22, Owner at Clarita's Beach Bar & Sports Grill, responded to this review

Gracias amigo. We will continue to work on the service. Clarita More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 300 meters North of Best Western Hotel 'on' Jaco Beach, Jaco, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Jaco
  • Phone Number: (506) 2643-3327

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 15
  • Cuisine: Costa Rican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget

Description

Clarita's Beach Bar & Sports Grill is located directly 'on' Jaco beach 300 meters north of the Best Western Hotel. Clarita's was the first Bar in Jaco opened in 1964 by Clarita's mom. Therefore, Clarita's is the favorite Restaurant/Bar of the local Costa Ricans. If you are coming to Costa Rica to experience the local culture come to Clarita's. If you are coming to Costa Rica to meet just Americans or Euros then go to the Marriott! Clarita's montra is "Dun Worry...Be Happy & Get Waco in Jaco". With that in mind, if you are an uptight or over demanding please come to Clarita's and we will happily give you an attitude adjustment. If you are laid back, looking for a fun time, great views of the beach scene and surfers, and/or wanting to experience the most spectacular sunsets in Jaco, then Clarita's is your ticket. Besides serving the cooldest and cheapest beer on the Beach and the goofiest cocktails in Jaco, Clarita offers a full breakfast, lunch, snack & dinner menu from 7:00am until Clarita gets tired or drunk and decides to close the kitchen (usually 10ish pm) Clarita serves fresh Pacific catches brought in daily by local fishermen ie. Red Snapper, Dorado, Ahi Tuna steaks and her unique ceviche. On Jacó's largest barbeque grill, Clarita also offers up local C.R. dishes of chicken, shrimp, burritos, enchiladas, pasta, pepper steak, barbeque ribs, and filet mignon. Like Clarita always says, "My cooking is sooo good I even eat it on occasion". **As of January 2013 you can even pig out on PIZZA CLARITA ... made fresh and to order in Clarita's brick oven! No item on the menu exceeds $15.00. Clarita is able to keep her prices low by cheating the other guy and passing the savings on to you! As for service, Clarita's girls will "eventually" find you even if you are sitting at one of her tables on the Beach or involved in a game of Beach Volleyball. However, if the Clarita girls don't meet your standards all we ask you to do is lower your standards. As for live entertainment: Every Thursday night Clarita hosts the Biggest Beach Fiesta in Jaco with $1 Beers from 7-9pm, Latina Musica and Dancing under the Stars to reggae, salsa, merengue and your requests until midnight. Friday is Tequila Karaoke night. Sing a song or dance with a Clarita girl on stage and get a FREE shot after the boos die down! Saturday is Guest Band Night and plenty more dancing. Sundays feature Clarita's world famous calypso band 'Dun Worry . . . Be Happy' and your choice of NFL or Baseball games off her 7 large screen satellite TVs.(Clarita is unfortunaley addicted to the Chicago Cubs... probably as a result of all the tequila she drinks.)
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
7:00 am - 2:00 am

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