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Black Stallion Cafe & Surf Saloon

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The Black Stallion Hills Ranch | 8 mins drive from Tamarindo., Villareal, Tamarindo 50309, Costa Rica
+506 8869 9765
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Waldorf, Maryland
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I may have been a little harsh with regards to my review of Black Stallion. Although I stand by what I wrote, after calming down, I realized I focused way to much on the negative. Understanding things happen, I should have focused a little more on the positive. First, it was very convenient to have one business provide us with... More 

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

Thank you for the review.Yes,it's a challenge doing bisiness in Costa Rica & in May the beginning of the rainy season u will be amazed how the weather can switch.Cell phones dont work,internet goes down & it can pour cats,dogs & elephants.So being flexible with activities is key.Last night it rained so hard we started to worry about the new... More 

Portland, Oregon
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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
RESTAURANT'S FAVORITE REVIEW
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We booked a morning zipline and lunch online. Alex picked us up at our hotel and took us to the ranch. The First part of the adventure was ziplining. The guides were terrific. They gave us a mini training course before starting out. I was a little nervous about the activity, given that I am not particularly athletic. They made... More 

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Wakefield, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We came for the BBQ with 30 people. There was plenty of space for everyone and there was others there not in our group as well. They were very accommodating and there was plenty of food that was delicious. It was so much fun there was also a live band playing that got everyone dancing. I also loved the sangria

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Thank MegDD1
Surferchefcowboy, Manager at Black Stallion Cafe & Surf Saloon, responded to this review

Thank you Amigos it was a pleasure having you all, glad to see you enjoyed the evening we love doing events & special occasions, always delicious,fun & relaxed pura vida life style.Thanks for choosing Black Stallion,we look forward to seeing you soon.Cheers! More 

Redmond, Washington
1 review
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I couldn't find a complaint about this place if I tried. The horseback riding was awesome, the BBQ was AMAZING, and the atmosphere of this place was actually the highlight of our trip. Alex and his staff go above and beyond to make this experience unforgettable. I can only presume that they make every person who walks onto the ranch... More 

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

Hola, what a great time,such a pleasure having you all. So great you got 1st.place In Costa Rica Gym Champs.Wow,fantastic....stuff! you are all an inspiration.Pls.post a few pics of the ride into the jungle.Next year we can do the evening in the new rancho & get some live music for you to all boogie with. And the girls can do... More 

1 review
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Fantastic spot!!! So much fun , great people, great service!!!! Pura Vida!! Been back a twice, the second was even more fun than the first!!!

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

Great 2 see you again & a pleasure.Enjoyed your New York stories and update, if anyone knows the Big Apple its you.Let me know when your toasted Amigo, you are always welcome here.Thanks again & Pura Vida. More 

2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After a long drive from Arenal we popped into black stallion ranch for dinner and had a excellent time,always delicious,good vibes & a great rustic atmosphere this is our 3 time enjoying the BBq ,we are returning to ride horses in the morning pura vida.

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

Thank you for the great review.Great to see you again enjoying beautiful Costa Rica. The horses are always ready for you to ride,morning is the best time to ride. Glad the veggie Lasagna was a hit with the girls,its a good extra side dish,not that theres shortage of delicious food.Thank you for popping in & always a pleasure. Thanks &... More 

Isle of Palms, South Carolina
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Black Stallion Hills is close to Tamarindo but completely removed from the tourist grid. We rode local horses( great horse guy, guide) that are very gentle but frisky up to a mountaintop where the 360 view includes, the pacific coast, mountains, and jungles! Then off on the zip lines, great fun with upside down being the best! Our guides were... More 

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

Thank you for the review most appreciated.Yep our horses are fun & relaxed.No stress going for a ride in the jungle, which is amazon green right now, really beautiful, full of nature.The monkeys are loving the rains & there is food for all in the jungle, so its a bit of a Fiesta.Happy to see you loved the zipping &... More 

Escazu, Costa Rica
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155 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

omg we feel so welcome every time we come here. We bring our family when they come for the zips. This last time we went, we had a the best bbq we've ever had and they had a brand new pool! They are even making a new restaurant area! Next time we are doing the horses, The owner really cares... More 

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

Thank you for the great review, you guys are always super welcome here. Glad the little kids loved the new pool, it adds a bunch more fun to our tours & adventure. Also,we are planting more plants in the pool garden area,had some good rain so the next time you visit it will be even more tropical. Yes, we have... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place. Lovely staff and super friendly. Will definitely go back for more of their delicious barbecue.

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

Thanks for the review & visiting the ranch with the family.Next time please let us know in advance & we will get the kids zipping in the jungle & they can also take a dip in the new pool.Happy to see you all enjoyed the BBQ dinner.Thanks again & Pura Vida Amigos. More 

Geronimo, Texas
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We dined here Monday, 15 May 2017 which is right between my wife's and my birthdays (wife, 14th mine 16th). Our host, Alex, picked us up across the street from where we were staying and drove us out to the ranch for one of the absolute best Bar-B-Que dinners we have had; and we live in Texas! The meats were... More 

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

Thank you for the fab review, most appreciated Amigo.Pleasure having you and a great job zipping in the jungle the following day, you guys rocked! an adventurous adventure,glad you loved it. We look forward to seeing you soon in Paradise. Pura Vida! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
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
Scenic view, Romantic, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Black Stallion Hills Ranch | 8 mins drive from Tamarindo., Villareal, Tamarindo 50309, 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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