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La Palapa

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Seafood, Spanish, Central American, Costa Rican, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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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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Minnetonka
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You can sit right on the beach and enjoy a great meal and watch the sunset. The live music was perfect. We enjoyed the food and the service.

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Thank flyboyMinnetonka
Barrie, Canada
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330 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We come here only for happy hour drinks & no food because its a little pricey for us. Happy hour drinks + the atmosphere are great. Grab a drink and a spot on the beach to chill out.

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Thank Byron D
Clifton, New Jersey
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

sit right on the beach- great view. food looked really good and beers and pina coladas were buy one get one free.

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Thank Diana C
Nashville, Tennessee
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96 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent the day in Tamarindo and watched the sunset on the beach. After it went down, we walked to La Palapa (which was the dropoff/pickup point for our JW Marriott shuttle) for a nightcap. They have Happy Hour pricing all day - it's actually 2 for 1 pricing. The waiters were quite clear - you order one and we... More 

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Thank Ken M
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There is good food at this place. And a LOT of it. I split the seafood platter and it came with like 15 or 20 different pieces of fish. Some friends had pastas and other fish and also loves it. The fire show was cool too.

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Thank Jacob V
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food is a bit pricey but definitely worth it. If you want a romantic candle light ocean view dinner this is the place. Your mate will be impressed.The stuff was great they let stay a little later . Oh and ask for the French guy he was an awesome Waiter.

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Thank Jae A
Orinda, California
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food was awful. The fish was frozen (not fresh) even though hey said it was fresh. The service was all about pushing drinks on us. Food was poorly made and not presented well. Also, We were new to the country. We had just arrived. We didn't understand the currency yet. This was our first stop. We were over charged... More 

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Thank eric m
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great food and location. Had a lunch and reserved table dinner. Order the ceviche fusion as it is the best in Tamarindo per our surf guide Tim at MoJo surf. He was right! We had the mixed seafood platter. Two adults and two teenage girls were fed! Owner stopped at our table to make sure all was well! The fire... More 

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Denver
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575 reviews
295 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's right on the beach with outdoor seating right on the beach. Food was very fresh and delicious. View was exceptional. Service was friendly and pretty good overall. Quite pricey, but that's ok given the food and the service.

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Thank MileHighJacket
Middlebury, Indiana
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was sightseeing in Tamarindo and stopped for lunch. Smoked Marlin and Hawaiian pizza were outstanding! Nice view of beach.

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Thank mwick1960

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $60
Cuisine
Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Seafood, Spanish, Central American, Costa Rican, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children, Scenic view, Kids
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
Description
"Come and do us the honor to be part of our family.Enjoy a nice and a frendly relaxing experiance in harmony with our natural environment in front of the sea as much as possible..."LA PALAPA

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