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Marea Baja

Latin, Central American, Seafood, Spanish, South American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly
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1 KM South of Plaza Herradura, Herradura, Costa Rica
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Riverton, Utah
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The "ticos" love to eat at small local buffets called sodas. Don't travel all the way to Costa Rica and not sample the local food. If you are anywhere near Herradura or Jaco', you MUST stop on the main highway (34) and eat at Soda Marea Baja. It should be easy to spot. It will be full of people enjoying... More 

Thank PhilJohnsen
Alexandria, Virginia
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138 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

We went with a local who helped us choose food on the buffet. Everything was delicious ... beans and rice, shrimp with rice, chorizo, vegetable lasagna, potatoes, ceviche, beef, fried or grilled chicken, plus much more. All of us were happy with the food and will return. Mi gusta mucho!

Thank Jo0547
Orange, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

We ate here almost every day my boyfriend could not get enough of this place. Their menu changes slightly everyday and they serve pork, chicken, beef and fish. The food is traditional Rico food and everything is kept very clean. Their menu also includes all you can drinks juices and sometimes tea and a salad bar is all you can... More 

Thank birdrhonda
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42 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

Every time I go they charge me the "Gringo Price". I just paid 2,900 for the worst gallo pinto, floppy nasty bacon, and over-cooked disgusting egg. Yeaaaaaaah bhaaaaaaaaady. This place used to be the go to, now that just suck.

1 Thank LivingLifeByTravelin
Toronto, Canada
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55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

Our local driver took us to eat at this place as we were starving when we landed and just wanted something cheap and quick. We were very pleasantly surprised with the food quality! For $10/person, we got to choose an entire plate of food (meats, veg, carb), plus salad bar, a drink, and a bowl of ceviche! The gallo pinto... More 

Thank LKCR32
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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30 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2016

Stopped for lunch. Very good food fast service very busy place. If you want traditional Costa Rican food you won't go wrong here!!

Thank Cathy W
Montreal, Canada
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2015

Convenient location right off the highway. Food is always fresh due to the volume of people who eat there and the need to constantly prepare new food. Inexpensive ($5-$6 and you'll be full), fast service (although during peak hours there can be a lineup), live music frequently. Bustling yet somehow at the same time relaxed atmosphere. Go for the all-you-can-eat... More 

1 Thank Jake F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2015 via mobile

Loved this place. A must go to in the Jaco area. You'll spend a lot more on the beach. If you're looking for great local food at local prices, this is your place. It's a cafeteria style so just point to what you want - lots of variety. Two plates full of deliciousness and two unlimited refill naturals for under... More 

1 Thank Laura M
Deltona, Florida
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44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2015

I take my mission team each year and it is a favorite. It is very convenient and being open 24 hours is helpful with our ever changing schedule! The menu varies which is great also!

Thank C C
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105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2015

Marimba players, fast service buffet, very cheap, noisy and crowded - great for some local colour! Stopped there on the way south from Monteverde om the Pacific coast

1 Thank MarilynJEdinburgh

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Latin, Central American, Seafood, Spanish, South American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 KM South of Plaza Herradura, Herradura, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Herradura
This is a family owned place on the right side of the main highway. Heaping mounds of traditional home-made Costa Rican food for very little money.

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