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The Shack Restaurant and Bar

$$ - $$$, American,
2009 Highway 911, Surfside | Between Flamingo Adventures and Panache, Playa Potrero 55215, Costa Rica
+506 2654 6038
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“nachos” (35 reviews)
“chimichanga” (12 reviews)
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Central American, American, Bar, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
2009 Highway 911, Surfside | Between Flamingo Adventures and Panache, Playa Potrero 55215, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Must visit on a Sunday! Fantastic music with great atmosphere and fresh foods. Walked in and was immediately greeted and sat right in front of amazing band playing reggae music (joe and Luiz). Many fresh options. My boyfriend and I visited the shack twice and...More

Thank megshan17
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great service. Costarían Gallo pinto delicious. First class coffee. Good size dishes. Fair prices. Great family time there always.

Thank Erikawoching
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just off Playa Potrero, The Shack is a great place to grab a meal. We traveled with teenagers who were happy to see burgers and hot dogs, but the Costa Rican fare was excellent too.

Thank Hills_Traveler
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have been to the Shack for lunch twice in the past 3 days during our stay in Costa Rica. Jay is a great host and the food is delicious. They also offer gluten free options and will accommodate any dietary requirements. Great breakfast and...More

Thank daveandmarla
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ate here twice in our time in Costa Rica. LOVED the nachos & burritos. The owner stopped by to visit. Was reasonably priced. Would highly recommend.

Thank stbtl
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I absolutely loved this little place!!! It was right down the road from our hotel. We had breakfast here every day of our trip. Our favorite thing from the menu was the apple fritter rings which were DIVINE!!! We got to chat...More

Thank jami970
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great place for the best breakfast or lunch.. owner is so friendly and helpful, he will tell you anything about the area and things to do. Sunday brunch with the music is wonderful. A must visit in Potrero

Thank Sheri41k
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love coming to The Shack for breakfast. Their cocktails are very well made and delicious, and the food is so unique, fresh, and well prepared. Jay is so great and accommodating...there's no better place for breakfast!!

Thank Keahilele
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Both breakfast and lunch here are equally fantastic. Try any of the omelettes for breakfast or the Arroz con Chorizo for lunch - tasty, filling and excellent values. They also serve cocktails by the pitcher and some great smoothie combinations. Sunday late mornings they have...More

Thank brodyboy
Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

Only open for breakfast and lunch. Local cuisine with some North American choices. My wife and I went twice and had the Nacho's with chilli and the chicken burrito both time. Definitely the best burrito I have had. Owner is a US expat and will...More

Thank Langer1967
TheShackCostaRica, Owner at The Shack Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We're so happy you enjoyed The Shack, and even more so our time together with coffee. I'll let Sarita know about your kind words about the burrito, she always loves hearing those compliments. All the best, Jay

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Barbara S
10 May 2016|
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Response from rjnuthouse | Reviewed this property |
Yes they are. At the time we were there they did the exchange rate as 500 colones was equal to 1 US dollar when charging your card. We had a card that didn't charge any international fee also so it was a pretty good deal.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$3 - US$12
Central American, American, Bar, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2009 Highway 911, Surfside | Between Flamingo Adventures and Panache, Playa Potrero 55215, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Potrero
  • Phone Number: +506 2654 6038
  • E-mail
Nos alegra ofrecer comida típico de Costa Rica y los Estados Unidos, cafe caliente, cerveza fría, música en vivo cada jueves, y espacio afuera para disfrutar a la naturaleza. Estamos un restaurante de la comunidad! Vengan para compartir comida rica y relajen un rato con sus amigos aquí. Nos avisa que la hora de cerrar (9:30pm) es solamente para la cocina... El bar queda abierto hasta ustedes no quieren mas guaro! * * * * * * * * * We're happy to offer typical Costa Rican and American dishes, hot coffee, cold beer, live music every Thursday, and an outdoor space to enjoy the natural environment. We're a community restaurant! Come to share a great meal and relax for a while with your friends. Please note that the closing hour listed (9:30pm) is for the kitchen only... The bar is open until you don't want any more guaro!
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