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Lapa's Costa Rican Bistro

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PRICE RANGE
$8 - $19
CUISINES
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
Updated 10/12/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 10/12/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Reviewed July 23, 2022 via mobile

This is a casual restaurant with delicious food and attentive, helpful service-minded staff. Love the music and you will too if you like Latin and Spanish music. Great prices.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 23, 2022

Family run, local establishment. Laid back atmosphere. Amazing food. Super tasty and a great value. Arrive early. The family likes to go home after 8:00 p.m. Can't think of any downsides to this place. If you want straightforward, great tasting Costa Rican fare and a...relaxing atmosphere, then this is your place.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 2, 2022

Plain atmosphere, very good food quality, service a little slow but the food was worth the wait. Even Costa Rica beer to make the meal special.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 29, 2022 via mobile

Fresh vibrant food. The guacamole was amazing. Shared the beef quesadilla for dinner. Service friendly. Love the family atmosphere.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 6, 2022

Great place for dinner! Love Costa Rican food, this place is superb! Went for dinner on March 29, 2022 while visiting Bonita Springs, FL. Happy hour drinks and appetizers, nice. Had nachos and patacones as appetizers and lapa and arroz con camarones for dinner, delicious....Shout out to our server Oci! Went again April 1, 2022 had Chimichurri as an appetizer andarroz con camarones and puerto viejo for dinner, again delicious! Shout out to our server Aaron. Wish this bistro was located where we live. Highly recommended!!!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 3, 2022 via mobile

Wow! The chips and guacamole were incredible, carnitas dish was so amazing we tried to go back the next day to eat again but sadly they happen to be closed. The next time we are in town, they will be top of the list!

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 8, 2022 via mobile

Visited this small, family-run restaurant after seeing the positive reviews on TripAdvisor. We were not at all disappointed. The food was fresh and delicious, and the service was first-rate in every respect. Loved the fried plantains, the shredded chicken, the yuca and the guacamole. My...mother in law described the taco meat as the best she ever had. Highly recommend!! Already planning our return.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed January 29, 2022 via mobile

Hidden gem! We have passed by this place hundreds of times and decided to give it a try. We stopped in before 6:00 and enjoyed Happy Hour. $2 beer and 25% off appetizers. We each had a beer and chimichurri (pico) with chips. Very good!...I tried the Aroz con Pollo with black beans and house salad and hubby had Aroz Cantones with plantains. Reasonable prices and large portions! Plus…we were informed they have a loyalty program! After 5 meals you get $10 off your next meal! We will definitely support this local hidden gem!More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed May 25, 2021

This restaurant is a small and very nice . The food is has a wonderful Costa Rican taste. The seasoning is just perfect. We were very happy and extremely satisfied with the food they provided. Anybody that has visited Costa Rica will have a excellent...time enjoying the food from this restaurant. Too bad they don't open for breakfast, but I wish them the best of success to Lapas Restaurant. If you want great tasting food come visit this wonderful place.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed April 22, 2021 via mobile

Happy hour drink and app prices were a nice surprise. All items received top marks from our party of four. Soups, desserts and entrees all top notch. This is a gem.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed April 1, 2021 via mobile

Lapa’s offer up so legit fresh Costa Rican food. chips and guacamole were fantastic and even better was the Patacones absolutely loved them. my wife had the Arroz con pollo and loved it I tried a little and agreed but wasn’t as good as Chirripo...Chicken upgraded with gallo pinto.. It was so so good and fresh. service was good and prices were in line with what you received. Overall a must try.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed March 25, 2021 via mobile

I don’t write many reviews although I refer to trip advisor reviews often. We went to Lapas since it was highly rated. The restaurant was clean, service was friendly, quick and our server answered all our questions. We had the Casado and the Pollo con...Arroz. We both substituted our house salad with a different side so we could try something different - Platones and fried plantains. Everything was delicious and the portions were perfect for lunch. We will return.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed February 10, 2021 via mobile

Must go if you like Costa Rican food; excellent, flavorful, fresh, lots of options, including vegetarian. Very attentive service. Highly recommend, good value too.

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed January 23, 2021 via mobile

Our first time eating Costa Rican Food! Pretty sure we couldn’t be at a better place around here for our first time! Let’s start with the service, the owner's son was the one who took care of us; he was knowledgeable about the menu and...had a genuine way of treat you. Please see the pics we took, real lovely right? The taste is beyond the look; one can easily taste the difference between plates, it was amazing! The best guacamole we’ve eating so far! The restaurant was clean and had a nice ambiance; even Benny More was played! We will come back with the whole family to taste the flavors of Costa Rica!More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed November 30, 2020

This place is a gem tucked away in the corner of a little shopping center. The food is always fresh and delicious. They have vegetarian menu items. The staff is very friendly and attentive. They are taking precautions during covid to keep themselves and their...customers safe, which we really appreciate.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Good afternoon, We are no longer taking reservations; we are now functioning on a first-come, first-served basis. However, I don't believe it'll be a problem to accommodate you and your 3 guests tonight. See you later!
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Good afternoon, Unfortunately we do not offer outdoor seating. However, we do have a small table outside that seats 2 people; you could always order takeout and take a seat there. If you have any other questions, feel... More
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Yes, Lapa's Costa Rican Bistro offers takeout services.

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Lapa's Costa Rican Bistro is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4