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Lo Que Hay

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Across the street from Casa Del Mar, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 0811
07:00 - 00:00
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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I really wanted to love this place but it fell a little short of expectations. The ambience was lovely with comfy sofas and live music and the food was okay . What let it down mostly was the service, despite there being so many waiters, we couldn't seem to flag one down easily at all at any point. The waitress... More 

Thank elizw86
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great fish tacos, amazing breakfast, loved the staff, amazing views. We kept coming back for more. Many places on the beach keep you waiting forever. This service was really good and I loved all of the food I ordered.

Thank Susannah R
Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice vibe, good food for a good price! And such a nice location on the beach. Waiters were friendly and quick

Thank josiebosie98
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The place is good if you want a no frills meal on the beach. They serve a selection of local dishes, Mexican, Peruvian and generic Latin American style food. Their drinks are very good, I had a delicious espresso martini and their mojitos were strong. There are better places to eat along the beach front but it's pretty decent for... More 

Thank Ais90
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here twice when we were staying in Samara 10 days ago. Great location right on the beach. We had strawberry daiquiris which were very good. We ate tacos and nachos and they were tasty. The prices were reasonable. The Ticos Surf right next door is a great place to rent surfboards too.

Thank sunshineluvver
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Walked up and had a great dinner. Good service. Food was very good. Daughter had calamari stuffed with chorizo that she still raves about. Wonderful setting under the trees at the beach.

Thank Vernon S
Woodinville, Washington
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ended up at Lo Que Hay several days during our trip to Samara. It was our favorite lunch place to hang out for drinks and lunch while our kids played in the surf. Food and service was good. Try the nachos!

Thank LMSS
Oshawa, Canada
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Actually a busy little spot with great food and nice people. Shaded area or full sun seating. Your choice.

Thank Elizabeth H
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69 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Believe it or not...Lo Que Hay is the only place we ate for 2 days! The Chorizo taco was so good, i had to go back not once, not twice but three times to get them!! And the location is ideal, right on the beach which gets lit up at night. Excellent food, excellent location!

Thank Storm N
Medford, Oregon, United States
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love this place. We stayed in the Apartment here and it was fantastic. Excellent staff and owners. Prices are decent but not cheap.

Thank Mark H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$2 - US$9
Mexican, Latin, Bar, Seafood, Spanish, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Takeout
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Across the street from Casa Del Mar, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
  • Phone Number: +506 2656 0811
Lo Que Hay (It Is What It Is) is a lively beachside bar, serving tapas, tacos, nachos, and more. We've got delicious food, excellent views, and live music twice a week. Add in our extensive cocktail menu, ice-cold beer, and super staff, and we bet you'll feel right at home here. Bienvenidos!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?