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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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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good29%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“chimichanga” (12 reviews)
“nachos” (35 reviews)
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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 days ago

Our first day in CR we had breakfast here joined by Jay - the Owner. He sat with us and offered advice on things to do and not do during our stay. So helpful for newbies like us!! The food is simple fare with extraordinary...More

Thank supgirl2018
Reviewed 1 week ago

Laid back atmosphere, simple menu with delicious food and cocktails...what more could you want?! Try the jalapeno margarita - yum!

Thank Cristin B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There are many choices for breakfast 🥞. Everything from pancakes to local favorites . The best dairy free iced coffee ever! Looks like a great place for apps and drinks too

Thank Htfjsgma
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great little roadside restaurant with great macadamia banana pancakes and some healthy fresh delicious smoothies.

Thank Sue S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This small little place makes some great breakfast. Our boys had chocolate chip pancakes and were raving about them. They also have a selection of locally made kombucha.

Thank pilatesgirl71
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is our go to place for nachos. They are fresh and crisp and loaded with great toppings. My husband loves the hotdogs and fresh cut fries.

Thank Roberta2408
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Though, I am not a breakfast eater, nor do I eat eggs, I returned three times to enjoy the Macadamia nuts and banana pancakes. We were a group of six and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the varied breakfast menu. Each day, Jay, one of the owners,...More

Thank DiamondMik
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really cute breakfast place...outdoor "Shack" on the side of the road-picnic tables, shade, intimate and clean Owner is an expat-from Boston. Super interesting guy Food is delicious! *One of the best breakfast joints in Playa Potrero (also Perlas Pub does a great breakfast!) Typical breakfast...More

Thank Diana P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in on St. Patrick’s Day for a cocktail and lunch. Good atmosphere, food was average at best, owner was not your warm fuzzy type, that being said the cocktails were delicious and cold. A parade of people came in from the yacht club doing...More

Thank CynthiaZhuhai
Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

We had a great breakfast and the owner was great to talk with. The food was excellent and the suggestions for things to do in the area were an added bonus. Thanks for a great atmosphere.

Thank Carrie H
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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
Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
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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