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La Palapa

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Spanish, Central American, Costa Rican, Gluten Free, South American, Pacific Rim
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Tamarindo main street | Main Street of Tamarindo, 20m Before the Circle, Beach Side, Tamarindo 24600, Costa Rica
+506 2653 0362
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7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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San Antonio, Texas
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The food is good and they can make anything you want even if not on Menu. Our little one wanted Chicken tenders and they made it for her. She is not the easiest of eaters. But, we were very satisfied. Beautiful view of the beach. If I go back, will definitely try the burger. Friendly and attentive staff. Very good... More 

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Thank Varshi_B
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Good fire show while having drinks and/ or dinner. Food is bit pricey though happy hour drinks are 2 for 1. Also have live entertainment after the fire show.

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Thank Bella M
New York
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Went to La Palapa for dinner and it's one of the best meals I've had in Tamarindo. The ambiance is great and they put on a fire show which my kids really enjoyed. I ordered their surf and surf (grilled mahi-mahi and lobster) and it was absolutely delicious!! Service was great and our server Michael was attentive and made sure... More 

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Thank JoMoCo
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I only had the ceviche, which was fine. Happy hour is all day, i think, so they served up my extra free cerveza in an ice bucket, which was a nice touch.

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Thank LocaSola
Costa Rica
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Eat and drink there!!! Prices are really good same with the food. They have a 2 x 1 all day on some beer and cocktails. And the service is probably the best in the entire country and I know I'm from here.

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Thank EddyeG
Los Angeles, California
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was ok.. 10 people $700.00 Too pricey.. Not worth the $700 for 2 large plate and 3 lobster And 4 meals for kids... Supposedly 2x1 beer

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Thank hgreenspot
St. Louis, MO
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66 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a nicely situated restaurant directly on the beachfront with shade or sun, tables or loungers, your choice. We were there for lunch, but were made aware there would be entertainment that evening (fire show). We were only visiting for the afternoon, so could not partake. We ordered one cheeseburger, one casado (typical Costa Rican lunch, usually pretty cheap),... More 

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Thank fenton_girl
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was more than delicious and presented amazingly. The only downside was the service. They are very kind but very slow and forget about orders. Go here if you are patient and don't have something planned to do after.

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Thank Roni S
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are here last night and easily one of the best seafood platters I have ever eaten. Grilled platter with lobster, while snapper, tuna, mahi mahi, mussels, clams, shrimp and crab!!! Are u kidding me??? It was seasoned to Perfection and our waiter kept the freshly made drinks coming!! Coming from Louisiana, that is saying a LOT to say the... More 

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Thank jdub23
Marcy
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66 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great location with perfect views of Tamarindo Beach. Live music, good food, relaxed atmosphere. Would have been perfect without the vendors trying to sell you stuff by coming right to your table. Staff was very friendly and accommodating.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $60
Cuisine
Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Spanish, Central American, Costa Rican, Gluten Free, South American, Pacific Rim
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar scene, Scenic view, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Tamarindo main street | Main Street of Tamarindo, 20m Before the Circle, Beach Side, Tamarindo 24600, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Tamarindo
  • Phone Number: +506 2653 0362

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?