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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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Round Lake, Illinois
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was one of the highlights of our trip, just disappointed we found it for our last meal in CR and wish we would have done an activity along with the BBQ dinner. This place is absolutely beautiful and Alex is a wonderful host/owner, it is obvious he takes pride in his business and enjoys every bit of it. This... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Third year, everyone should add this as a "must do" for their trip! Delicious variety of food and beverages! We look forward each year to taking our hat pictures! Alex is a great host!

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Newport Beach, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Best BBQ I have ever had. Nancy the chief is amazing. ALex the owner with help you with everything! Email ahead for reservationsand for any special requests!!! He gets booked quick so email your reservations!! Great FOOD,

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De Pere, Wisconsin, United States
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The only thing superior to the delicious meal and intricate atmosphere was the stupendous atmosphere. I would recommend this place 10/10 and it was absolutely the highlight of my entire trip. Alex was amazing and passionate about his endeavors.

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

Thank you very much for the great review.Glad to see you enjoyed the rustic vibe & the BBQ dinner.We do like to keep it very mellow & laid back,as we say, no stress on the menu.Pleasure to meet your family,fantastic kids, lets get them on the zipline & horses. Next time, Im sure you will be back in Costa Rica... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The barbecue was delicious! The owner took us to the hill by his truck for stargazing. That was the best evening of our Costa Rica trip.

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

Thank you for the five star review.Talking about stars.The stars are amazing from the mountain top,sitting in our new flatbed truck & looking up is beautiful!! The milky way shines bright. Glad you enjoyed the BBQ dinner & star gazing tour. Pura Vida Amigo! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such a fun place to have dinner. The owner, Alex, was such a delight. It felt like we had been invited to his home for a quaint visit. He shuttled us to his ranch and whipped up some cocktails while his staff prepared our meal. The food was grilled and delicious, and all you can eat. The conversation was constant... More 

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

Thank you very much for the great review.We are adding Star Gazing to our activities as everyone loves it.Having a delicious BBQ dinner then driving up to the top in out new flatbed truck is definatly a hit,we have a new telescope on route to us.Always enjoying the nature here in beautiful Costa Rica.Thanks again Amigos & see you soon.Pura... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to black stallion for horseback riding and the BBQ fiesta. It was all great. We brought our young girls ages 7 & 9 and they had a blast. We swam in the pool, went to the top of the zip line on horseback to see the view and then back down for a wonderful BBQ feast prepared by... More 

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

Thank you Jeff & family for the exellent review.Glad you enjoyed the ranch & the BBQ dinner while Canada gets even more freezing,hah.The girls did great on the horses,hope they loved the b-day adventure.We will send you more information on Black Stallion.Thanks again.Pura Vida! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I live near Black Stallion 5 months of the year and have eaten at most of the area's restaurants. A night at Black Stallion is unlike any other night out. Don't worry about a menu; there isn't one. Instead chef Nancy and the crew will have prepared a BBQ that will satiate any appetite with an amazing... More 

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

Thank you for the fabulous review.Its always a pleasure having you for dinner & relaxing in our Rustic Cafe.You guys are living the dream & get the "Pura Vida" which is what makes Costa Rica living so great! Glad to see you enjoyed the ride up in our new flatbed to Stargaze & stare into space. Watching shooting stars after... More 

Duluth, Minnesota
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had an amazing time zip lining at Black Sallion! Alex and his crew explained things well and made you feel very comfortable. What an experience it was! We had so much fun that we went back two days later for the BBQ! Again, fantastic! We were a group of 12 and the accommodations were perfect. Alex has some great... More 

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

Big Thanks for the exellent review & pleasure having u all on Black Stallion. Happy to see u enjoyed zipping with us.Yes, safty always 1st then lots of fun on the way down all 10 lines.We love to cook up a delicious BBQ especially for fun loving groups. Thanks again for the great review & hope to see u soon... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were a large group( The Devlin Group)for the BBQ Fiesta, I enjoyed all the excellent food, sangria, music and atmosphere. Alex has gorgeous grounds and puts on a fantabulous party! My favorite was the cheese and corn salad(need the recipe), what type of sausage was that and can I get it in the states! Will definitely go back the... More 

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

Big thanks for the great review.Regarding the produce & getting back to you question. The chorizo sausage in hand made by a small butcher shop close to Black Stallion Ranch which is top secrete of corse,lol. So getting pura vida Sausage in the USA may be tricky, but try a polish or Italian butcher, they do great sausages. We definatly... 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
Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Romantic, Special occasions, Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Families with children
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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