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The Shack Restaurant and Bar

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$$ - $$$
Central American, American, Bar, Costa Rican
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2009 Highway 911, Surfside | Between The Castle and Perla's, Playa Potrero 55215, Costa Rica
+506 2654 6038
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08:00 - 21:30
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Tue - Sun 08:00 - 21:30
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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Our first morning in Costa Rica with friends who have been here before we strolled down to the Shack for breakfast. Unassuming, nice reggae salsa mix for music, good menu selection with some Costa Rican classics. DELICIOUS fresh pineapple juice. Serve yourself coffee. Typical laid back island service with a smile. Recomend!

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Thank MamaFuzbot
Oxford, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had dinner there one of the nights and it is almost as nice as the other two places on the road. I found it a bit too 'expats'y, but that was probably because they held a pub quiz after we'd settled. We reluctantly joined as it was for charity. Everyone was in their 20s or 30s and knew each... More 

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ventured in, lured by the light sounds of sax and clarinet. This was the icing on the cake. The man playing was great. To go with the atmosphere, drinks and food . Chili was good, superb seasoning as was the Greek salad, zucchini fries with super crazy light blue cheese dipping sauce, chicken burrito with rice and beer. The... More 

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Thank IrisRose1
Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here for breakfast every day in Potrero and didn't want to try anywhere else. Everything on the menu is fantastic! I especially recommend the "Dani" bagel sandwich

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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went in rainy season, so very quiet, but charming and efficient service and very good value. Seems also to be the haunt of some quirky locals

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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a nice evening a lively hip ambient atmosphere would definitely recomend this restaurant to my friends and family.

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Brno, Czech Republic
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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The menu is quite short but we loved the food. Both shrimp casado and burrito were amazing. Staff very friendly and attentive. Would go back.

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Ventura county, CA
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Searched Trip Advisor for a good little place for lunch. Settled on The Shack after reading great reviews. We really enjoyed the food. Good alcoholic drinks and good guacamole. Today was taco Tuesday so you get a free beer or soda with your taco plate purchase. We had chicken and fish tacos which were very fresh. Felt very light and... More 

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Seattle, WA
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

This is not a fancy place, but the service is good and the staff exceptionally friendly. The ceviche I started with was wonderful, and I had two fojitos (I think that's what they were called) a mojito with lime as well as mint - so refreshing! I had the chicken casado, which probably wasn't the best choice because the chicken... More 

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Navarre, Florida
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Food was good. This was our first dinner stop of our 8 day trip. The ceviche was the best of the trip. Service was good. It was a week night and the place was pretty empty.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$3 - US$12
Cuisine
Central American, American, Bar, Costa Rican
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Street Parking, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 21:30
Tuesday
08:00 - 21:30
Wednesday
08:00 - 21:30
Thursday
08:00 - 21:30
Friday
08:00 - 21:30
Saturday
08:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2009 Highway 911, Surfside | Between The Castle and Perla's, Playa Potrero 55215, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Potrero
  • Phone Number: +506 2654 6038
Description
Nos alegra ofrecer comida típico de Costa Rica y los Estados Unidos, cafe caliente, cerveza fría, música en vivo cada jueves, y espacio afuera para disfrutar a la naturaleza. Estamos un restaurante de la comunidad! Vengan para compartir comida rica y relajen un rato con sus amigos aquí. Nos avisa que la hora de cerrar (9:30pm) es solamente para la cocina... El bar queda abierto hasta ustedes no quieren mas guaro! * * * * * * * * * We're happy to offer typical Costa Rican and American dishes, hot coffee, cold beer, live music every Thursday, and an outdoor space to enjoy the natural environment. We're a community restaurant! Come to share a great meal and relax for a while with your friends. Please note that the closing hour listed (9:30pm) is for the kitchen only... The bar is open until you don't want any more guaro!

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