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La Palapa

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$$ - $$$
Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Seafood, Spanish, Central American, Costa Rican, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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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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Jupiter, Florida
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134 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fantastic food and location, entertainment and service by Lourdes. Diner literally on the beach with fire jugglers, singers. Fabulous snapper fresh as it gets and flan for desert like no others. A fantastic evening.

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Mississauga, Canada
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Directly on the beach, great location. Food was excellent, service friendly but not fast. Fire show nightly around 7:30. The drinks are 2 4 1 all day, but don't let that persuade not to eat. They grill right on the beach and it is excellent. Have eaten here a number of times and the food was consistently good. Will be... More 

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Glen Ridge, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Glorious beach-side setting, and the food was even better than anticipated. We loved the shrimp cocktail (with some sort of zingy pesto-ish sauce) and the grilled tuna. Great service, and glorious views. A perfect lunch spot.

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Seattle, Washington
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Just passed through for a few drinks on the beach. Cool spot. Plenty of atmosphere. Fun for all. I'd go back.

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Thank Pete C
Boston
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I went with our adult son, based on a recommendation by a local ex-pat we had met on the beach. This is not on the main strip in tamarindo , but by no means was it out of the way or difficult to find. The atmosphere was charming, the servers were warm and friendly. The drinks were... More 

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Ontario, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This was our main choice for eating in Tamarindo. A beautiful beach setting. Superb ceviche, tuna and snapper. Even the steak is good - unusual for Costa Rica. Prices are OK. MUCH better than the rip-off Flying Bull on the main street (Stay Away!!!). The fire show is worth watching and costs an optional tip which you should be glad... More 

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Ontario, Canada
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44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited for an early dinner. 2 of us had a whole red snapper and loved it. Another 2 had the fish and chips and also loved their dinner! Wonderful service and right on the beach!

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Danvers, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Took the family for dinner on the first night in Tamarindo. We had a table right on the beach. The food was delicious, our waiter was fantastic and the atmosphere could not have been a better way to start the vacation.

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Thank jakster21
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28 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We just came back from spring break. We didn't stay in Tamarindo but went there for sunset views, surfing and dinner. Of all the restaurants this was the one we repeated. Staff was very friendly and accommodating specially with kids. Price was very reasonable and seafood was to die for. If you like Lobster then this is your place.

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Thank Fernando D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

13 of us for lunch. They got us in quickly and cooked us off with a refreshing shot (Shirley temples for the kids). Drinks came fast, food not so much. They even completely forgot one kids food entirely. The food itself was very good. The waiter cared. And they did their best to make it right as the meal went... More 

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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
USD 5 - USD 60
Cuisine
Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Seafood, Spanish, Central American, Costa Rican, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, View, Bar Scene, Romantic
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?