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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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Brasilito, Costa Rica
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I love the Shack. Always great music on Thursdays. We also love the breakfast - personally my favorite thing about the restaurant.

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Thank Joey J
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stopped by for sunset drinks and appetizers. A bit pricey for being literally in a shack. The sunset views are wonderful.

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Thank DAN S
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47 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Luckily, we caught it. Food was okay, service friendly, but the bill was very unclear, seemed astronomically high for what we had...and in looking it over found the mistake. Not going back.

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Thank Ellen F
Plano, Illinois
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23 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had lunch at the Shack and the all the food was very good, chicken tenders were probably the best. There were many travelers there eager to share information and compare notes.

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Thank ChrisGriff2014
Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here because it was among the quiet spots on the tourist strip of the beach. The food took very long and few vegetarian options were available. The waiter spoke English, which helped. We are not planning on going back.

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Thank soniafaruqi
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61 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We found this little gem just whilst passing through, beach hopping in Guancaste. Glad we stopped. We both couldn't resist the sound of the breakfast burrito and it didn't disappoint. Very tasty, as were the home fries. There was live music on, a lovely female singer we had seen before in the local area. It was a flying visit, but... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Okay, this was the only place we went to for dinner twice during our seven-night stay in Playa Potrero. The food was outstanding and the bill was just right - under $20 for two people (without drinks). The portions are very nice and will fill you up. We chose more authentic Costa Rican dishes and enjoyed every morsel!

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1 Thank Jenny P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The best cold frosted beer mug! That's why we went back. They were also the only ones with guacamole at the time. Very nice, very attentive. Good for kids.

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Thank Pamela J
Playa Potrero, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great food, great staff quaint atmosphere. Best breakfast in town...Typico style dishes and gringo favorites. The Dani special...Just order it.

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Thank ToroChingo
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12 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The breakfast is delicious, specially the french toast and the nachos are amazing!! You can share them between 2-3 people.

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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, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available
Good for
Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
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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