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Upstairs at the RipJack

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Central American, Seafood, Pub, South American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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100m al Sur de Hotel Las Tortugas, Playa Grande, Costa Rica (Formerly Upstairs @ the RipJack)
+506 2653 0480
08:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 21:00
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2015

We ate two meals here-- dinner and breakfast and enjoyed both. The food was wonderful as was the service. Upon arrival, you are invited to browse the menu written on the wall-- which indicates that it changes regularly. There was a great selection. Dinner: Although I was dying to try the burger, I went with the tuna, which was great.... More 

Thank BEK_DC
Miami, FL
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52 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2015

Enjoyed a dinner and breakfast while visiting with family who were staying at the Rip Jack Inn. Pros - very attentive and friendly wait staff; at dinner, I had grilled shrimp over a bed of hummus with pita on the side. An interesting combination that worked primarily because the shrimp were excellent. The following day at breakfast I had a... More 

Thank Palmisto
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015 via mobile

You must go. Best food in Playa grande. Exquisite tuna and stellar barbecue buger. And best tres Leches cake I have EVER had.

Thank spb2014philqueen
New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2015

Everything about this place is amazing: the food was out of this world, the view was gorgeous, and the staff was wonderful. Eric, our favorite waiter and native Costa Rican, was simply delightful and the floor manager, Kelsey, was one of the nicest people I have ever met in my life. My husband and I ate at the RipJack almost... More 

Thank andrea m
Holiday, Florida, United States
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2015

Large selection. Lovely "treetop" location across from the Pacific. Owners and staff were very cordial and helpful. Food was of consistently good quality. Prices were reasonable for what you received. Service was exemplary. We were there for the Super Bowl and asked the owner about the arrangements. We were surprised with "reserved" seats that were the best in the house!

Thank Joeydsmnd
Toledo, Ohio
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96 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2015

We went to RipJack twice while in Playa Grande, both times for their happy hour. The drink selection was great, and during happy hour (4-6pm), they are half price. We also ordered a couple of appetizers each time, and they were ok, but not the star attraction. Service was attentive and very friendly. I definitely recommend this for a pleasant... More 

Thank Joy67117
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2015

We went fishing and took our catch to Ripjack's for Chef Andrew to prepare. As usual he did a great job preparing the fish in a way that I specifically requested and that was definitely not on the menu. In particular I asked for our Trigger Fish to be pan-seared with a touch of garlic, butter and lemon and while... More 

Thank Dom I
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2015 via mobile

Stumbled on this place for lunch. The food was delicious and service was really friendly. Came back for dinner that same night, had Ahi Tuna - it was sooo good! Can argue the best Ahi I had in a long time. We liked this place so much we came back for breakfast on our last day in CR. Breakfast was... More 

Thank Travel8268
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2015 via mobile

We stay here every chance we get. Great restaurant with fresh food. Hotel bungalows are great. Hammocks throughout the well manicured gardens between bungalows are awesome. The staffy is extremely friendly. Great base camp for all that Costa Rica has to offer

Thank Paul H
Morristown, New Jersey
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2015

Great choices on the menu, fresh local food and friendly service. Not inexpensive but portions were large and value was good.

Thank Barbara B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 25
American, Bar, Central American, Seafood, Pub, South American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 100m al Sur de Hotel Las Tortugas, Playa Grande, Costa Rica (Formerly Upstairs @ the RipJack)
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Grande
  • Phone Number: +506 2653 0480
Our open air restaurant is located on the second floor and offers a unique treetop dining experience. RipJack also offers private chefing, full catering service and specializes in weddings and other special events. We offer a highly unique menu of fresh local seafood as well as tasty treats from the land. We are family friendly and offer special menus for kids twelve and under.Our restaaurant is closed on Tuesdays. There are several dining options within walking distance.To Go Meals - designed for guests on the go or those with vacation rentals and no time to cook!

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