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Lo Que Hay

Across the street from Casa Del Mar, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 0811
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good33%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“taco” (84 reviews)
“chorizo” (46 reviews)
“nachos” (46 reviews)
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Mexican, Latin, Bar, Seafood, Spanish, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Across the street from Casa Del Mar, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ate and drank here a few times for lunch and always enjoyed it. When we arrived in Samara we came here first - my wife had a snapper special that was amazing and I had a very good burger, all right on the beach. (They...More

Thank William A
Reviewed August 11, 2018

The food was great but don't be in a hurry to eat as it usually took a while to come out. The staff are super friendly and knew us by name by the time we left Samara

Thank glennandcaz
Reviewed August 10, 2018 via mobile

We had two meals here. We are a family with young children and this was an easy place to eat along the beachfront in Samara. Very affordable. Food and service are average.

Thank Hannahwally
Reviewed August 3, 2018 via mobile

My family and I stopped here for lunch one day while we were on the beach after it was recommended to us by some tourists we met. Everyone in Costa Rica runs on “Pura Vida” time, however this place, took it to an extreme. My...More

Thank Cayley T
Reviewed July 29, 2018

The food of Lo QueHay is great, drinks are very good, the location is splendid ! it is right at the beach. Very nice ambiance. The staff are very friendly. Very low-key. Service is not fast. Advice: bring mosquitos repellent!

Thank Marcela M
Reviewed July 25, 2018 via mobile

Yummy. Creative. Served in a timely manner. And cold draft beer. Low key and totally comfortable. It felt like a neighborhood place where everyone knows your name.

Thank Ellen S
Reviewed July 21, 2018 via mobile

Ate here this week. All the staff are friendly and the location is nice (although we got bitten to death!) The food however is very mediocre. We had 6 tacos - veggie ones were pretty good. Almost choked on a hair in the steak one...More

Thank Acustomer2
Reviewed July 21, 2018 via mobile

I don’t have the words to explain how wonderful the staff is. Albert, Christian, Manfer, and all of them were very attentive and made us feel welcomed at all times. Lovely people. Service was great, drinks were awesome, food was good, had an amazing time....More

Thank dkreyes7
Reviewed July 17, 2018

Tuna Steak is the best choice but i tried almost everything on the menu and its super delicious. . no more words to say

Thank KamiVi
Reviewed July 14, 2018 via mobile

So this place is the top pick in Lonely Planet in Samara and you kinda know why - the food is great, drinks (wine especially) unusually cheap for Costa Rica, the location right at the beach just splendid. Would be a perfect 5-star review... if...More

1  Thank Michał Z
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July 6, 2017|
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Response from chrisooo | Reviewed this property |
Yes, credit cards are accepted. I ran a tab while we stayed at the AirBnB.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
$2 - $9
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout
Good for
Kids, Bar scene, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Across the street from Casa Del Mar, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
  • Phone Number: +506 2656 0811
Lo Que Hay (It Is What It Is) is a lively beachside bar, serving tapas, tacos, nachos, and more. We've got delicious food, excellent views, and live music twice a week. Add in our extensive cocktail menu, ice-cold beer, and super staff, and we bet you'll feel right at home here. Bienvenidos!
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