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“No shirt-No Problem”
Review of Sol y Mar

Sol y Mar
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch
Reviewed January 8, 2014

A true multicultural experience at a wonderful place in Playa Zancudo. Starting with the owners, Rick, and American, and his Canadian wife, Lori, they pleasantly welcome all at their open air bar and restaurant. Primarily a 'gringo' establishment, Sol y Mar is also a prime spot for many people from Costa Rica, and other countries. One of the endearing features of Sol y Mar is that the owners know everyone of their visitors, those like me who visit once or twice a year. They pick up the conversations where they left off a year ago, and never miss a beat. Rick, rarely wears a shirt, nor do many of the male guests. No problem! But there is no correlation between a laid back attitude and good food and service. The food is prepared from scratch, using fresh ingredients, and the service is wonderful. Truly a great place.

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Thank Gmoney1955
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Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

You would think that a town as remote and rustic as Zancudo could not possibly have awesome restaurants. It does and Sol y mar is no exception. We have eaten there dozens of times in the past 5 or so years. The food is always fresh and tasty. Large portions for sharing or taking home. Great owners, Rick and Lori, wonderful staff, Willy and Karla. A best bet for foid, drinks and lodging.

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Thank SilverSpring6
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

Sol y Mar is the center of all activity for Zancudo, sooner or later everyone will show up there. Ideally situated with a grand view of the Pacific, (and as close to the water as the law allows!) This is a great meeting place, bar and restaraunt. Owned by Rick and Lauri, it has been a fantastic place to eat, tell stories, hear better stories, and enjoy a wide variety of food for years. The offerings run from cheeseburgers to Thai to pastas, fresh fish and steaks to the regular offerings of Ricks Gigantic Ribs. No small portions here, no lack of sauces for your entree either. I love the vera cruz and the smoked jalapeno.

Rick offers cabinas as well, which might come in very handy after a long night of food and beverages.

The regular crowd are a unique blend of locals, expats, guests, and visitors. Catching Peter Pelon playing is real treat as well. The guy has a huge repetoire of music, a great voice, and is a real good guy as well. He also has a taxi service and an inland fishing service.

Come down, enjoy the sun, music, food, and folks.

I have done this for a month every year for the last 8 years, and can not wait to go back again.

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Reviewed June 20, 2013

Staying at Sol Y Mar was a bonding experience for me with Costa Rica. I will always want to go back to this magical resort, where life is as simple as a good place, good food, good people, all the hammock time your heart desires. The friends, the music, the gigantic beach, the bar... That's just where the bonding experience begins, before you leave your like family. Don't leave this stop off your destinations list.

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Thank LMahan
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Reviewed April 25, 2013 via mobile

This is not the best food or atmosphere in Zancudo. This is one of the few places for love music so have a drink at the bar. The fried fish is good but other spots are superior for tico food and other fare.

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Thank NHsurferchick
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