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La Palapa

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$$ - $$$
Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Seafood, Spanish, Pub, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Tamarindo main street | Main Street of Tamarindo, 20m Before the Circle, Beach Side, Tamarindo 24600, Costa Rica
+506 2653 0362
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07:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 22:00
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Sammamish, Washington
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278 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Just in the beach, over the sand, this place has amazing sea food, with no sophisticated cooking. Either raw, Fried or barbecued. Simple and delicious. Ceviche, fried whole Red Snapper, Mussels, Tuna, squids and lobster.... Sun in the beach and a cold beer in the table. What else do you need?

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped for the breeze and the view after a very hot walk on the Main Street in Tamarindo. I think it was a nice place to spend an hour or so. We ordered water upon sitting and our server was nice enough to clarify bottle vs. tap. A large cold bottle was $5. For one thing, the party piece... More 

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Thank s0meguy5
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91 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

stopped here to have a drink and sit on the beach. 2 for 1 watery drinks that they brought out at the same time so the ice was melting in one as you drank your first. Asked if I wanted a GLASS of water then poured from a bottle and charged me $5 for the whole bottle! I did not... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Wonderful food and service. A little pricey but worth it. Watch out for the added gratuity! Location is top notch and you get to watch the fire dancers too!

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When you need your feet in the sand,to be facing the beach, in pleasant surroundings, the service & food here will do.

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Thank foodnwine
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Tico Time breakfast was great. We had it every morning during our stay at Hotel La Palapa. Can't beat a delicious breakfast on the beach!

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of our favorite spots for happy hour in Tamarindo. Drinks in Tamarindo in general are not cheap. When you order 2 for 1 here you actually get 2 drinks and not a 'so called' double shot like some other places. Good folks, great Chips and Dips. Enjoy, S&R

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Charleston, South Carolina
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72 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The drinks are tasty, but stick with the local Imperial beer to keep an all day beach drinking tab in check. We had excellent service. We returned for lunch. It was delicious, but it was on the pricey side for the area.

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richmond, va
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped for drinks...seems to be all day happy hour. Not slight on the alcohol either. Pineapple curry fantastic. So was the ceviche. Highly recommend. Great atmosphere (right in the beach), very good food and drinks...

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Vail, Colorado
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6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You're dining about 20 feet from the waves. As good as the atmosphere the food was better. I had a wonderful red snapper caught that day and grilled within a few feet of me. They too the gluten free very seriously

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$60
Cuisine
Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Seafood, Spanish, Pub, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Romantic, View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 22:00
Monday
07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 22:00
Thursday
07:00 - 22:00
Friday
07:00 - 22:00
Saturday
07:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Tamarindo main street | Main Street of Tamarindo, 20m Before the Circle, Beach Side, Tamarindo 24600, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Tamarindo
  • Phone Number: +506 2653 0362

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?