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Lapa's Costa Rican Bistro

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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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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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Food and ambience

$8 - $19
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican
Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Gift Cards Available, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Reviewed August 17, 2020

We have been going to Lapas for several years and always have a great meal at a very reasonable price. Everything tastes homemade and fresh and service with a smile. And a respectable glass of wine and bottled beer for $3 at happy hour!

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed July 22, 2020

Support a family-run restaurant! We've eaten here at least once a month for several years and the food is always great. Their dining room tables are spaced out appropriately, but right now we feel more comfortable doing curbside service. Online ordering through there website is...easy and you can pay online also. Then just pull up to the marked parking spaces and call to let them know you are there. Oci or Sebastian will be happy to bring your delicious food out to the car.More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed July 5, 2020

We stumbled across Lapa's last year and it was our last and best food choice before returning home. We are enjoying Sarasota and then will be traveling to Bonita Springs for the second half our trip. Believe me, we can't wait to eat at Lapa's!

Date of visit: August 2019
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March 11, 2017|
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Response from Maria C | Property representative |
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!
March 6, 2017|
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Response from Maria C | Property representative |
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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Frequently Asked Questions about Lapa's Costa Rican Bistro

Yes, Lapa's Costa Rican Bistro offers takeout services.

Yes, Lapa's Costa Rican Bistro offers delivery services.

Yes, Lapa's Costa Rican Bistro is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

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