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“one of the best beachfront locations in guanacaste”

Father Rooster Beachfront Bar & Grill
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $25
Cuisines: Mexican, American, Latin, Bar, Seafood, South American, Central American, Costa Rican
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Scenic view, Bar scene, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Father Rooster is the premier beachfront bar & restaurant on the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The location and scenery combined with top quality (yet very simple) food and our famous frozen drinks makes Father Rooster a must see on your next visit to Costa Rica. This is the place where the locals and tourists sit side by side sipping cocktails, eating fresh Mahi-mahi and Tuna and watching the sunset over the Pacific. This is the place where Hemmingway would have hung his hat and the place that Buffet would write songs about. Its the place that you have been looking for all of your life... Come on in, and enjoy!
costa rica
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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“one of the best beachfront locations in guanacaste”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2013

Without a doubt, Father Rooster has it all, perfect beachfront location, great food, great service, the BEST margaritas (they have a mint margarita that is really popular, though I like mine more traditional, and theirs is great!). My idea of relaxation is having a drink in one of their blue chairs while looking at the calm waters of Playa Ocotal... Must visit if you are in the area!
Also, it is a great venue for events (I am a wedding planner and have hosted weddings and rehearsal dinners for my clients here)!

  • Visited February 2013
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Bloomfield HIlls, Mich USA
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205 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Pleasant lunch on the beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013

Enjoyed the fish tacos, and being able to linger over lunch on a relatively quiet beach without the congestion of nearby Playa Coco.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank MissShoe
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Denver, Colorado, United States
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59 reviews
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“great location - close to beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

The location is great as there is nothing else there near Plal Ocotal. THe restrooms are SUPER clean! I heard their chicken wings were awesome, but didn't try them pesronally.

Visited February 2013
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Lutsen, Minnesota, United States
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3 reviews
“Not so great...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2013

Nice setting, but very basic food. The service was slow. They did have a 20 person wedding party, but didn't seem to explain the very slow service. The waiters were friendly enough. Lots of other good food and settings in the area. Oh, also, way too expensive for what we had.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank John O
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Steve G, Owner at Father Rooster Beachfront Bar & Grill, responded to this review, February 28, 2013
Hello John:

Thank you for taking the time to review Father Rooster online. I am sorry to hear about your less than satisfactory dining experience at the Father Rooster. My name is Steve Grubba. My wife and I own the restaurant.

Not that its an excuse, but, the wedding group of 28 people in the restaurant overwhelmed us. They also had separate checks which caused a major back up for the staff who were frantically working to split checks off of the main bill and still ended up not being able to allocate all of the consumption.

We have spoken with the staff and are working to make sure that we do better with our non-group customers when accommodating large groups.

Thank you for giving us a try. If you ever end up back at the Father Rooster, I hope that we get a chance to meet.

Steve
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Henderson, Nevada
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“Lunch at Father Roosters”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2013

We ate at Father Roosters (4) different times and recommended it to everyone we met - never heard a negative response from anyone! My wife and I split the One Pound burger and fries while we enjoyed the awesome Pacific Ocean views from our table.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank Mark H
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