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The Great Waltini’s

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$$ - $$$
Costa Rican, Bar, Pub, South American, Central American
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Playa Grande Road | Hotel Bula Bula, Playa Grande, Costa Rica
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Between the drunk teenagers whoring it up at the bar, and the 2 men that own the place having a lovers row, threatening to punch each other in the face and driving off drunk, this sure was a night to remember. Cocktails come in a fishbowl, no wonder, half of it is water! Food was terrible, tasteless, dry and cold.... More 

Thank Kevin H
Keizer, Oregon
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't bother with the Monday night all you can eat Mexican food. For $20 per person, it is just not worth it. Very boring. Drinks were good, but on the pricey side.

Thank shaydeb1
Boston, Massachusetts
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4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Food was ok. Drinks were ok. Portions were big. Reminded me of thanksgiving dinner. Heavy. Wouldn't go back.

Thank Danielle B
Altoona, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

So, buffet is only on Mondays, local told us about it, so we tried. Its cool, take a boat ride over, feet have to get wet (wet landing)both ways. Cool place, food mediocre. Buffet has some stuff in crockpots. Not my kind of thing (i can do at home) .. Just doesn't feel authentic. But overall, something different...give it a... More 

Thank Flyfisher1234
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Came to this restaurant because we heard they had a great happy hour. It was so true!!' Awesome Margaritas!! It was Monday night so we stayed for the buffet which was great as well. Service was excellent, very friendly staff!!

Thank Tamara S
Coastal South Carolina, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

We enjoy visiting the Great Waltini's. We came several times last February and have already been twice this trip. The Mexican Buffet on Monday nights ($15) has a great selection and it is all tasty. I have had their chicken burrito (usually a special) twice and both times it was good, and large! One of the waiters remembered us from... More 

Thank mgpfaulk
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18 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

Awesome staff here and huge cocktails! We ate here several times. The hotel looks really nice too. They'll arrange estuary tours or a water taxi to tamarindo for you for about 3 bucks per person. I had the biggest pork chop of my life and it was so yummy. I'd recommend sharing a main dish since the portions are astronomical.

Thank AllieClash
Evansville, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

We stopped by here several time. The service and food are great. There is also the Hotel Bula Bula here.

Thank nicolelaswell
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

After a long red eye flight....our first meal at this place was disappointing. We only had a series of appetizers but they weren't anything special. However, the bartenders (victor and Ernesto) made up for the mediocre food. They were very friendly and welcoming. The hotel looks nice and has a pool that can be accessed by guests of the restaurant... More 

Thank MadelinL156
Francestown, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Found this place by accident while looking for another restaurant. The access road was so bad we didn't know if we were actually on a road or a swamp! The lunch was very nice, a little high priced but the staff were friendly and the food was very good. My advice to anyone wanting to go there, during the rainy... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Costa Rican, Bar, Pub, South American, Central American
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Full Bar, Reservations, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Playa Grande Road | Hotel Bula Bula, Playa Grande, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Grande
  • Phone Number: 506.653.0975

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