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La Palapa

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Spanish, Central American, Costa Rican, Gluten Free Options
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Tamarindo main street | Main Street of Tamarindo, 20m Before the Circle, Beach Side, Tamarindo 24600, Costa Rica
+506 2653 0362
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07:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 22:00
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austin, tx
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stayed at Capitan Suizo 4 nights in Jan 2017 and walked to La Palapa 2X for sunset dinner and drinks. View is incredible and the drinks are cheap and good. Ask for Luis he is awesome. The snapper was great and big enough to share.

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Thank LisamcAustin
Keewatin
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173 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Nice spot on the beach with a great happy hour......all day. Drinks on the beach can be expensive, especially in this area so it was refreshing to find a restaurant/bar that would give a bit of a break. Service is friendly and a good place to talk with other folks about their local experiences.

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Thank Murphyflyer
Nj
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53 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

yes the snapper is huge but mine was over cooked and dry. I've had better, my husband enjoyed his spicy curry chicken and our friend enjoyed his filet mignon. Main dishes are around $24. Located on the beach. I miss the tablecloths. The restaurant used to be a bit more upscale. Seems there are new owners every year we return.

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Thank NjAnnette
Dallas, Texas
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We couldn't get into Padagonia so we stumbled upon La Palapa. Best service we have had here so far. We each got a steak and got it cooked differently and each one was perfect. The grilled veggies were cooked in a big wok and the chef right by the beach. There were a few street vendors trying to get us... More 

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Thank Zionandhickory
McKinney, Texas
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Happy hour is all day. Two-for-one drinks. Great on the beach location. Try the ceviche tropical. Awesome.

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Thank TeriMM
New York City, New York
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30 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I was strolling on the street on the way to the beach in Tamarindo. La Palapa is a wonderful restaurant right on the beach. The varied menu was full of choices and very reasonable. I had the fried snapper with salad for $12. It was the best and freshest one could have. This place is a must . After eating,... More 

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Thank markE6482CG
Brooklyn, Michigan
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The food was outstanding. Out of 5 nights we have been here 3 times. Jonathan and Lourdes took great care of us and our every need. We had a seafood platter, a meat platter, and the surf and turf. Others in the family had other things and it was all fantastic.

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Thank ChrisP-Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a wonderful meal here on the water. The food was excellent, the service good, but a little pricy for a lunch.

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Paris, France
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24 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great to sit on the beach and have grilled lobster or a red snapper. Live entertainment. Great staff and service. A place to go that locals recommend.

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Thank sapwood2014
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great service. My wife had the red snapper and it was huge!!! Extremely tasty. It's served with the head and tail so it's a bit of work to eat but well worth it.

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Thank Walter M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$60
Cuisine
Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Spanish, Central American, Costa Rican, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 22:00
Monday
07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 22:00
Thursday
07:00 - 22:00
Friday
07:00 - 22:00
Saturday
07:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Tamarindo main street | Main Street of Tamarindo, 20m Before the Circle, Beach Side, Tamarindo 24600, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Tamarindo
  • Phone Number: +506 2653 0362

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