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Marlin Bill's

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Next to Coconut Harry's Surf Shop | Diagonally across from Cafe de Paris, Nosara, Costa Rica
+506 2682 0458
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11:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Calgary
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Marlin Bill's is an unpretentious bar and restaurant that doesn't try to be anything other than a nice place to get a great meal with a killer view of the Pacific. At various times of the day you'll find locals mixed in with visitors in the restaurant or at the bar watching a game, and a couple of pets and... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate here twice... Good variety of food on the menu but pricey... Not skimpy on the alcoholic drinks... 2 will just about do it. Hard to decide which one to get.... Rum runner or the margarita ... Rum runner😍

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Waco, Texas
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Margarita's, Cold beer and great key lime pie! We enjoyed the atmosphere and location. Not cheap but a nice break from the usual fare.

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Midland, Texas
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2016 via mobile

We had a margarita, an Imperial beer, the New York Strip and Corvina as entrees with Salad, veggies, rice and fries. The Key Lime Pie was homemade and delicious! Waitress Angie was incredible, attentive, and polite. Would recommend this place!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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73 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016 via mobile

Went last evening. There was a patron -seemingly a regular---there with a barking dog running around the restaurant, one of those yelpers that makes you jump out of your skin each time. I don't care that the dog was there, but the yelping was obnoxious. The waitresses were hustling and seemed to do a bit of everything. Hubby waited for... More 

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Thank mjmjpi
Tracie-GRM, Guest Relations Manager at Marlin Bill's, responded to this review

Hola, I am so sorry your experience with us was less than satisfactory, and wish you had brought it to the attention of someone in management. We work hard to see that our guests' experiences are delicious and enjoyable, and would have done everything possible to make your visit right. Dining al fresco with pets is a local custom in... More 

Nosara, Costa Rica
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

Bill's burgers are the best! Sometimes you just want good gringo food and Bill delivers. The wait staff are friendly and very helpful. The beer is cold and the people sitting at the bar are always friendly and nice to chat with.

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Thank CathyTheCostaRicaPro
MarlinBills, Guest Relations Manager at Marlin Bill's, responded to this review

Hola, Cathy! We're thrilled that you enjoy your visits with us so much! The standards we set for ourselves are high, so we're always happy to hear we're meeting them! Come by anytime- we'll have a cold beer, a great burger, and a friendly face waiting for you! Pura vida! More 

Windsor, Canada
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016

We have eaten at Marlin Bills several times over the last three years and we are very happy to say that the owner Bill has maintained his high quality cuisine over this period. Not only are the dishes plentiful but the prices have remained consistent which is very unusual for this area where prices seem to rise weekly! Also, one... More 

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MarlinBills, Guest Relations Manager at Marlin Bill's, responded to this review

Hola, David! Thank you for the wonderful review! We work hard to maintain our high quality, so it's great to hear our work is appreciated! As for the wine, we definitely don't want you taking out a mortgage, so come by for a glass, anytime! Pura vida! More 

San Diego, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2016

We went to Marlin Bills for an afternoon cocktail hour. We were the only ones in the restaurant since they didn't open for dinner until 6pm. My boyfriend ordered a bloody mary which he finished in less than 10 minutes. He seemed very unimpressed and even described it as watered down cocktail sauce. Yikes! I had a mediocre pina colada.... More 

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Thank Rachel A
MarlinBills, Guest Relations Manager at Marlin Bill's, responded to this review

Hola, Rachel! I'm so sorry your visit wasn't satisfactory, and am very surprised to hear that our cocktails didn't meet your expectations. I wish you had brought the situation to our attention, because we certainly would have done everything possible to make things right for you. We strive to make our guests happy, and hope if you visit Nosara again,... More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016

The food orders are placed in order of when parties arrive. My husband and I were starving when we got there and had to wait 40 minutes for other groups to order before we were allowed. The live music was not that great and the food quality and quantity was scarce for the price. It was kind of like a... More 

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MarlinBills, Guest Relations Manager at Marlin Bill's, responded to this review

Hola, Katie, I'm so sorry your experience was not what we strive to provide for our guests. I wish you had brought your dissatisfaction to the attention one of us in management, because we certainly would have done everything possible to make the situation right. If you come back to the Nosara area, I hope you will give us an... More 

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66 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2015

Really nice owner and waitstaff . They even stayed open late so we could watch the ACC championship (Go Tigers). Liked it so much that we went back twice, first time had chicken parm , second trip got a mega burger. Both meals were great and enough food to fill the largest appetite .

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Tracie-GRM, Guest Relations Manager at Marlin Bill's, responded to this review

Hola, Meghan! We're so glad you enjoyed your visits with us! We love repeat customers, and work just as hard to make you happy on your 20th visit as we do on your 1st! As for the ACC tournament, of course we stayed open for you! We may be in the jungle, but we take our sports seriously, and the... 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
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 25
Cuisine
American, Bar, Seafood, International, Contemporary, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Parking Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Groups
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Next to Coconut Harry's Surf Shop | Diagonally across from Cafe de Paris, Nosara, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Nosara
  • Phone Number: +506 2682 0458
Description
In business since 1994, Marlin Bill's offers guests of our open-air dining room panoramic views of Guiones, the ocean, and Costa Rica's world-famous sunsets, along with mouth-watering options from our eclectic menu of choice steaks, chops, fresh seafood, family fare, and dreamy desserts. Daily food and drink specials, and our ability to cater to large parties, make Marlin Bill's beloved by both visitors and locals.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?