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The Shack Restaurant and Bar

$$ - $$$, American,
2009 Highway 911, Surfside | Between Flamingo Adventures and Panache, Playa Potrero 55215, Costa Rica
+506 2654 6038
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good29%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Central American, American, Bar, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2009 Highway 911, Surfside | Between Flamingo Adventures and Panache, Playa Potrero 55215, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They provide gluten free and vegan menus and are open for breakfast and lunch the owner is from the state's, a young man, and is on site to translate and assist ordering if necessary. Very authentic. There is a friendly iguana that comes for a...More

Thank eddy212016
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went back for more coffee the next day! If I'd know how close it was to our Bahia del sol hotel, I would have walked/run for coffee and breakfast everyday! Lunch: Salad, tacos and little cookie bites (YUM!) were perfect, great service and nice...More

Thank mwrightvt
Reviewed 9 September 2017

Checked Tripadvisor for suggestions about where to eat in Potrero. Chose The Shack and we were not disappointed. When we arrived, we had to order quickly because they are only open for breakfast and lunch, but at no time did we feel like we were...More

Thank Sue H
Reviewed 5 September 2017

Visited twice during vacation and did not disappoint. Pancakes and chicken burritos kept the kids happy and fed, ideal spot for breakfast and a quick lunch. Delicious and Jay was an ideal host, full of information and travel tips. Will visit again for sure!

Thank Denis L
Reviewed 27 August 2017

Like many eateries in the area, The Shack is open-air with a thatched roof. Run by a very friendly American expatriate who was happy to hang out and chat with us. The food was tasty - we went for brunch. Overall great service and excellent...More

Thank Annaresnikov
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

The Shack is amazing! The food is awesome and atmosphere is very laid back. The veggie hash is to die for and it's a must experience when looking for great food, friendly service and great prices. The Shack is great for breakfast or awesome brunch...More

Thank soulfairychronicles
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

I ordered a freshly squeezed orange juice like it was offered in the menu but it was a normal one out of the bottle ... also the waffles didn't taste as good as I expected I even couldn't finish them ... Another downer for me...More

Thank ostarqueen
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

Drinking coffee at the shack right now. I have no complaints concerning this place. Staff is great, coffee great of course. I've tried the el sand which, el tico and sunrise burrito. Loved it all. Iced coffee is bomber :] Come get the breakfast.

Thank Ryan W
Reviewed 20 July 2017

Excellent food. A great place for breakfast and later in the day too. Excellent smoothies but not a smoothie bar - a full restaurant. Jay, the owner, is a charming host, who likes to talk and is a font of information. He is originally from...More

Thank Barbara S
Reviewed 12 July 2017

A great place for breakfast. The food was excellent as was the service! I got a delicious breakfast sandwich with eggs and guacamole...sooooo good!

Thank Krisan G
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Barbara S
10 May 2016|
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Response from rjnuthouse | Reviewed this property |
Yes they are. At the time we were there they did the exchange rate as 500 colones was equal to 1 US dollar when charging your card. We had a card that didn't charge any international fee also so it was a pretty good deal.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$3 - US$12
Central American, American, Bar, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2009 Highway 911, Surfside | Between Flamingo Adventures and Panache, Playa Potrero 55215, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Potrero
  • Phone Number: +506 2654 6038
  • E-mail
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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