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The Shack Restaurant and Bar

$$ - $$$, American,
2009 Highway 911, Surfside | Between Flamingo Adventures and Panache, Playa Potrero 55215, Costa Rica
+506 2654 6038
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good29%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Central American, American, Bar, Costa Rican, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
2009 Highway 911, Surfside | Between Flamingo Adventures and Panache, Playa Potrero 55215, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Laid back place to have breakfast or lunch. A friendly staff serves up good breakfast selections with the chili cheese dog and arroz con chorizo my lunch favorites.

Thank yesileft
Reviewed 1 week ago

The food and atmosphere were very homey, and down to earth. It seemed to be a popular place for locals to hang out, and there was a nice feeling of community. The food was tasty, well-prepared, and was like home cooking. This was a great...More

Thank Annie W
Reviewed May 15, 2018

Once we found the Shack we basically ate breakfast there everyday for the rest of trip. Their waffles were great. I had the tipico breakfast which was exactly how it was supposed to taste. My friends loved the smoothies, but I always drank their guaro...More

Thank MNTravels2008
Reviewed May 13, 2018 via mobile

Every Wednesday I play 9 at Conchal with my buds and we go to (not do) lunch. One of my favorites is hitting the Shack for their chili. My waitress Jossy knows how to serve it... Dry, hot and with rice and onions. This is...More

Reviewed May 8, 2018

on the first day visited the local town to buy some snacks while waiting for our taxi called in for a beer or two and to listen to a guitarist and saxophonist, they do food although we didn't have time to sample any.....gave us a...More

Thank fattybumpkins
Reviewed April 28, 2018 via mobile

Went for breakfast. Coffee was basically Maxwell House that was sitting in a percolator for hours. Ordered the breakfast burrito — the rice was so dry and over cooked that a piece actually poked into my gums. Ouch!! It looked like it was leftover from...More

Thank Janice R
Reviewed April 27, 2018 via mobile

My group’s food ranged from ok (the veggie scramble) to meh (the breakfast burrito) to unpalatable (the oatmeal — more like cold breakfast soup.) The service ranged from merely competent to disdainful. Waitress was clearly more concerned with whatever she was scrolling through on her...More

Thank Bob L
Reviewed April 19, 2018

Our first day in CR we had breakfast here joined by Jay - the Owner. He sat with us and offered advice on things to do and not do during our stay. So helpful for newbies like us!! The food is simple fare with extraordinary...More

Thank supgirl2018
Reviewed April 11, 2018

Laid back atmosphere, simple menu with delicious food and cocktails...what more could you want?! Try the jalapeno margarita - yum!

Thank Cristin B
Reviewed April 8, 2018 via mobile

There are many choices for breakfast 🥞. Everything from pancakes to local favorites . The best dairy free iced coffee ever! Looks like a great place for apps and drinks too

Thank Htfjsgma
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Barbara S
May 9, 2016|
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Response from rjnuthouse | Reviewed this property |
Yes they are. At the time we were there they did the exchange rate as 500 colones was equal to 1 US dollar when charging your card. We had a card that didn't charge any international fee also so it was a pretty good deal.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$3 - $12
Central American, American, Bar, Costa Rican, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2009 Highway 911, Surfside | Between Flamingo Adventures and Panache, Playa Potrero 55215, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Potrero
  • Phone Number: +506 2654 6038
  • E-mail
Nos alegra ofrecer comida típico de Costa Rica y los Estados Unidos, cafe caliente, cerveza fría, música en vivo cada jueves, y espacio afuera para disfrutar a la naturaleza. Estamos un restaurante de la comunidad! Vengan para compartir comida rica y relajen un rato con sus amigos aquí. Nos avisa que la hora de cerrar (9:30pm) es solamente para la cocina... El bar queda abierto hasta ustedes no quieren mas guaro! * * * * * * * * * We're happy to offer typical Costa Rican and American dishes, hot coffee, cold beer, live music every Thursday, and an outdoor space to enjoy the natural environment. We're a community restaurant! Come to share a great meal and relax for a while with your friends. Please note that the closing hour listed (9:30pm) is for the kitchen only... The bar is open until you don't want any more guaro!
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