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Black Stallion Cafe & Surf Saloon

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The Black Stallion Hills Ranch | 10 mins drive from Tamarindo., Villareal, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
+506 8869 9765
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Staten Island, New York
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Alex was extremely hospitable and accommodating. The food was pretty good and the atmosphere is very laid back. Love that this place is set away from the hustle of Tamarindo, but still very close. Will definitely visit again when I venture back to Costa. Pura Vida!

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

We head out to Black Stallion with friends any time we have a special occasion. Alex the owner is great and will even pick you up in Tamarindo if needed. Its an all you can eat buffet with a wide selection of meats, veggies, salads, and desert. Drinks are included in the price and they make a variety of them... More 

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Surferchefcowboy, Manager at Black Stallion Cafe & Surf Saloon, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review,we appreciate your loyalty & friendship. We always like to keep it very relaxed & always delicious & yes with a mix of tropical drinks.Next time bring swim trunks & take a dip in our new pool. Thanks again for the review, its a jungle out there.Pura Vida! More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We read a few reviews and that is what lead us to Black Stallion. Alex and his team are A++ gracious hosts and we enjoyed a great day of ziplining, then ATV (along the beach was awesome!!) followed by an awesome BBQ dinner! The food was fantastic and the setting is really awesome!! We highly (and I mean highly) recommend... More 

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Thank David W
Surferchefcowboy, Manager at Black Stallion Cafe & Surf Saloon, responded to this review

Thank you very much for choosing us. Pleasure having the family on Black Stallion & thank for the excellent review, we appreciate! Tamarindo is getting bizzy nowadays. We are very lucky to be a private ranch. Glad the boys enjoyed the new pool & zip adventure.Big thanks for the great photo. See you soon Amigo.Pura Vida. More 

New jersey
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow! We had the best time! Alex was in contact with me before we arrived. He said to email him when we got to Costa Rica. Luckily I had wifi and emailed him. He got right back and before we knew it he had pick us up at our hotel! We arrived at his ranch and with another family we... More 

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Surferchefcowboy, Manager at Black Stallion Cafe & Surf Saloon, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the great review and thank you for choising us to Zip & BBQ.Our Canopy zip adventure is all about safty,nature & funtimes. Our new pool definatly makes our jungle adventure more chilled out,glad to see u loved the afternoon & our BBQ Thanks again & Pura Vida! More 

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71 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food here was phenomenal. We were served Lasagna, Ribs, chicken, sausages, salads, bean and rice, should I go on? The food was very good. There is a pool to take a dip if it is a bit too hot for ya.

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Surferchefcowboy, Manager at Black Stallion Cafe & Surf Saloon, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the great review.Very cool to meet you guys and happy to see you loved our rustic ranch style cooking.Yes,you welcome to take a dip & cool off in our new pool with its LED lights.Thanks Again & Pura Vida! More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We returned to the Black Stallion once again during our annual trip to Costa Rica. The food, ambience, and service were all top drawer. Well played Alex and crew. We will certainly return in the future.

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Surferchefcowboy, Manager at Black Stallion Cafe & Surf Saloon, responded to this review

Great to see u all again & thank you very much for the gift,very thoughtful of you.We will hang it in the cafe saloon with pride.Be nice if more cool clients added to our collection of fun travel stuff.Cheers & Pura Vida! More 

San Marcos, California
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My Wife and I had a great time at the Black Stallion Ranch. We enjoyed the Zip, Horseback riding and BBQ. The day started at 3pm and we got back to J.W Marriott around 9pm. The Afternoon started by zip lining 10 zips from the top of the mountain. They provided 3 guides to help with the zip lining. they... More 

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Surferchefcowboy, Manager at Black Stallion Cafe & Surf Saloon, responded to this review

Thank you for such a well written & detailed review,we appreciate you taking the time out to do so.The Super Ranch Combo is the big adventure here & the definatly the most fun. If you go with the flow, just like you guys did,you have the best time. Happy to see you rated our BBQ. Best diner in costa rica.We... More 

Toronto, Canada
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124 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went here as a group on our last night in Tamarindo. Just a short drive out of town. Alex, the host, was there to meet us and was super gracious in welcoming us and making us feel at home on his ranch. Really homey decor. Dinner was a huge feast of everything carnivorous. The ribs and sausage were great.... More 

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Surferchefcowboy, Manager at Black Stallion Cafe & Surf Saloon, responded to this review

Pleasure having you all under the amazing stars of Guanacaste.Always great to have Fab & fun people for rustic ranch style dinner.thanks & see u soon amigos. Cheers! More 

Chicago
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Black Stallion blue our expectations out of the water. Our kids age (7 & 4) really wanted to ride horses and go zip lining. We weren't sure if they'd be able to do it. Black Stallion took care of us. They put the kiddos on calm horses and gave them a relaxing first horse ride. Then we headed off to... More 

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Surferchefcowboy, Manager at Black Stallion Cafe & Surf Saloon, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review.Happy to see the kids loved the zipping in the jungle & the horse back tour,getting little kids into nature & seeing monkeys up close is exellent for them to experience.Glad to see you loved our cooking & BBQ ing. Thanks again & Pura Vida! More 

St. Louis
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We didn't know what to expect when we arrived at The Black Stallion one night last week but found it a wonderful place and experience reminiscent of visiting Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now (or Conrad's Heart of Darkness). I mean that in a very good sense. The place had a strange but attractive vibe enhanced by Alex' hospitality and personality.... More 

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Surferchefcowboy, Manager at Black Stallion Cafe & Surf Saloon, responded to this review

Thank you for the fun creative review & the movie ref.lol.The Cafe Saloon is an ecoletic mix of travel items & Costa Rican rusticness, all mixed up in a pura vida blender.The main idea is to get people to relax & enjoy the stars,the nature & yes,talk to each other rather than being on the phone. Glad to see you... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $55
Cuisine
Barbecue, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Buffet
Good for
Romantic, Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children, Scenic view, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Black Stallion Hills Ranch | 10 mins drive from Tamarindo., Villareal, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Tamarindo  >  Villareal
  • Phone Number: +506 8869 9765
Description
We offer a rustic ranch style evening that's private & exclusive.We specialize in small groups & also do special events for families & friends. ( What we do, is BBQ just for u.) The BBQ is outside in " the shack "under the stars, people relax in the Cafe & Saloon, which is a unique rustic wood design.The best way to descibe the set up is
" Costa Rican cowboy Saloon with a surfer twist."We make every evening special & unique ! It is reservations only. Please book in advance.
We start at 7 pm & BBQ the best local assorted meats,lomo,ribs,pork,steak,chorizo,ranch chicken & veggies. Then finish the evening with a tropical desert that's always a surprise, followed by a tropical blended some thing good.
We start BBQ ing at 7pm. & The food is served no later than 7.30 Pm.We suggest people arrive at 6.30-7 Pm.The good news we have a new paved road so it's a quick trip from tamarindo.The BBQ dinners we do are a feast, so it's very unlikely u will leave hungry.See u soon & Pura Vida !

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