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Clarita's Beach Bar & Sports Grill

300 meters North of Best Western Hotel 'on' Jaco Beach, Jaco, Costa Rica
(506) 2643-3327
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Ranked #49 of 90 restaurants in Jaco
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $6 - $15
Cuisines: Costa Rican
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Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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.)
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Fort Lauderdale
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94 reviews 94 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Snaper excellent.Will go again as always.Took Friends and boat captain mate.Always a good place to et.

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We tried to have a meal there before going on tour and they did not want to serve us what we wanted to eat.They where sadistic,took extra long time to serve us and brought the wrong plates.The food looked terrible.This happened around 11AM,hopefully the manager has a chance to correct the problem !

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49 reviews 49 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

We stopped for a mojito and must say that it was one of the best ever. We Also stopped on a Friday night and there was karaoke. It started to rain and we ran for cover. Nobody pressured us to buy any drinks and let us hang out. They have a generator so we were not in the dark for... More

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Kilmarnock, Virginia
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Right on beach, down from Jaco Taco. Nice sports bar and good. People go there for sunsets, beautiful. Good waitstaff and friendly.

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New York City, New York
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

This is a nice bar next to Bahia Encantada. The servers there are nice and some speak english. The prices are a little inflated due to it being on the beach and the food was ok. Had the special burger and the bacon was overcooked. The bar scene is cool at night and they close early Mon-Wed.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

I was very surprised this year to see how much the service has really went down at clarita's this year. My husband and I have came for 3 years and have stayed here each time for a few days. It took forever to get a beer and then when we did it was warm. I asked the waitress if they... More

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

Sorry for the one slow, not so cold beer. We seek perfection but fail once and a while. Clarita More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

The wings are delicious and worth the $11-12 they cost. Big serving and well seasoned. Enjoy with crisp fries. We also enjoyed the pizza and I had the typical Costa Rican fish plate for dinner one night and that was good too. Breakfast is hit or miss. The breakfast Tico (beans and rice, eggs your way, fruit, maybe cheese, potatoes... More

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Winnipeg, MB Canada
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32 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

Spent a day touring around Jaco, and stopped here for lunch! Great food, but slow service. Good atmosphere. If you don't expect speedy customer service, this is a good place.

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21 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

My wife and I went to Clarita's. I had the red Snapper which was excellent and my wife had the Pizza was very good as well. Nice place at the extreme north end of jaco. Cost about $1,000 colones $2 US to get there by taxi. nice view of the beach and pretty good atmosphere.

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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

Clarita's is still the place to go for a burger or some local fare. Their prices have also gone up, but not like the restaurants in town. The service is fast and efficient and the portions ample. You can spend some time ion the beach and have food and drink a few steps away.

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