We were invited to come to the BBQ after taking a boat tour up the estuary. I told Wilbert, my dad and I were trying to keep dinner cheap tonight. He said, well you two come, buy drinks at the bar, and it'll be about $10 each to have some BBQ and live music. That wasn't the case at all, we would later find out.
Jazz and blues live sounded good. We took a boat taxi from Tamarindo. Place was pretty busy. Its small to begin with so there was maybe 30 people tops. We were seated by Wilbert very quickly. He personally grabbed a table and two chairs for us. No waiter came, no menus. We grabbed them from the bar. Waited patiently and they were busy so we figured, no rush.
We waited more. No waiter. No one acknowledged we were there or we'll be right with you. There was 2, maybe 3 waiters. Luckily there was WiFi. I pulled up TripAdvisor and read the long wait another party experienced. We had other plans that evening so we figured let's just head out.
Worst part was we were stuck. There was no boat taxi to get back. We waited and stopped @ The Great Waltinis for beers. We ate there....service was great, prompt and delicious. Very reasonable, friendly, helpful staff. We waited for the boat taxi for about 45 mins. Boat taxi showed up, he said we had to wait more. He must've went and talked with Wilbert because when he came back he said there's a problem. He said because we left he's not paying for our ride back. We paid the boat taxi 5,000 colones ($10) to get a ride back. Disaster averted....kinda.
I'm sure the food is good but we didn't have hours to waste and the experience we had was similar to another review so we didn't want to take the chance. I would not recommend this place unless maybe you planned on spending most your night here. Also, nothing on the menu was $10. Food is a little more pricey in Tamarindo to be fair...we just felt slightly mislead and at the mercy of the boat taxi.
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