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Black Stallion Cafe & Surf Saloon

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Central American, Costa Rican, Barbecue
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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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Pinehurst, North Carolina
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I just returned from our vacation in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, and we can't recommend highly enough a trip to the Black Stallion. The zip lining and horseback riding were wonderful and thrilling, but the meal that we were served to complete our visit was exceptional. Nancy is an excellent chef and local dishes were delicious. The combination... More 

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

Thank you very much for such a exellent review. Very happy to see you loved the canopy zipline,its a unique experience 10 lines over 33 acre valley with the best 360% views in the area.Happy to see you enjoyed the Pura Vida guides, they are 100% into what they do & make it total fun! We enjoyed cooking up some... More 

Lacey, Washington
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The hospitality, conversation and of course the great food made the trip worth it. The horseback riding and zip lining were just a bonus to the rest. Having the puppies to play always adds to the fun. I definitely would be a repeat customer if in the Tamarindo area again.

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

Thank you for the great review.Pleasure having you with your daughter, yes the puppys are a super sweet,growing up fast as boxers pupps do.Happy to see you enjoyed the canopy & ride to the mountain top, an adventure thats relaxed with no stress.Glad you enjoyed the BBQ & the cafe vibe. Thanks again & Pura Vida Amigo! More 

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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is seriously like visiting your friends place. Hands down some of the most hospitable people you will meet on your travels.

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

Thanks Amigo,glad you loved the jungle canopy, we always like to look after cool people Pura Vida style, thats way way it should be in beautiful Costa Rica.Have a great holiday. More 

Southlake, Texas
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50 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As a first zip line experience. This was awe inspiring. What a view. What a ride. 10 of em. This was hands down the best thing we did "non-beach" in tamarindo Plus a super BBQ dinner afterwards from very friendly local peeps

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

Thanks for the creative review "zip a dee do dah" classic song & video back when the world was way less complicated.Great 2 see u enjoyed zipping & the BBQ fiesta with the group,great fun pics u posted, goodtimes! In future pls.book large groups in advance, so we can pencil u in way ahead & be very ready for a... More 

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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family and I ended up at Black Stallion after booking an ATV/ zipline tour through a company in Tamarindo. And we were VERY impressed. The ziplines are incredible and the guides were so great. The ranch is beautiful. The minute you get there, you feel like you belong! We enjoyed our time ziplining so much that we booked a... More 

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

Thank you for an exellant review,very appreciated. So great to have u all on the ranch. We are very happy to see u enjoyed our canopy zip adventure & our fun guides who make it all happen. Thank you for the great food comments, yes we do make sure the BBQ dinner its always exceptionaly delicious & plentiful. Thank you... More 

Mandeville, Louisiana
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Alex & Staff were very friendly they made sure everyone in our group was taken care of. We did the zip line course and finished up with a very good BBQ fiesta we all ate and sat around talking and never felt rushed to leave. This was my second time here and was treated the same as first time very... More 

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

Pleasure to have you all & thank you for the great review.Its always relaxed here & with our new pool even more chilled out, plus we are adding a new outdoor tree shower, so after zipping or riding u can shower,have a swim,relax then enjoy out BBQ dinner....its back to our original mantra " no stress on the menu "... More 

Mississauga, Canada
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Everything about this excursion was top notch.... We were a large group of 4 families (kids between 6-14) that needed to be picked up from our villa. We were transported to Black Stallion and were quickly assisted with getting into our ziplining gear...up the hill we went. The clouds suggested that we would not be able to complete a full... More 

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

Thank you for the great review & happy to see you all loved our rustic style BBQ dinner. Sorry about the stormy weather, rainy season produces some surpises & its always best to rescedual if its pouring rain.Zipping in the morning in the rainy season is the way to go.Thanks for being flexible & super fun! Pura Vida! More 

Houston, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I recently went to Tamarindo on our honeymoon. For those who have never been, it's a beachy tourist town and everyone is super friendly. Being that it is a tourist town, there are plenty of locals selling packages for various excursions, whether it's ziplining, horseback riding on the beach, mangrove tours, etc. We are chill on the... More 

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

Great to see you enjoyed our canopy zipline,its always an adventure to do some thing new & a touch of adrenalin makes it that much more exciting.Our guides are 100% safty 1st.and make double sure your enjoying the experience & always add some fun jungle monkey jokes along the way.Thanks for the great review next time stay for the lunch... More 

Dallas, Texas
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40 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

This place is just off the top fantastic! Been here many times and could not ever imagine it could get any better. Well I was wrong! They just added a pool, and are adding an outside shower! Think how great it is now to jump in a refreshing pool after zipping, horse back ridding or ATVing. And I don't know... More 

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

Thank you for the great review.Yes,the new pool & Bamboo Palapa area is a great add on, cooling off after zipping & before the BBQ Dinner is a cool refresh.Glad to see you like amigo.Thanks for visiting us, always a pleasure to have you & the family. Pura Vida! More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

Believe the reviews - the zip lining and ranch experience was awesome. We went with a group of 15 and Alex took care of us every step of the way. Dinner was delicious and piles of fun. A must do if you are with a big group. Alex will pick you up, welcome you warmly, take you on an awesome... More 

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

Thank you very much for the exelent review. Yes, we specialize in family groups & make sure its a mega jungle adventure, plus a super delicious BBQ fiesta.Always happy to reference other great fun ideas in this beautiful place.Thanks again & Pura Vida! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$25 - $55
Cuisine
Central American, Costa Rican, Barbecue
Meals
Dinner, Breakfast
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
Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Scenic view
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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