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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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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There were three of us for lunch. The view was incredible and we had an unexpected guest squirrel visit. The wait staff was very friendly and wonderful but my cheeseburger (wasn't cooked well done as asked) and fries and my hubby's fish and chips, 2 pops and a bottle of water cost us just over $50 USD! Not worth the... More 

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Thank Sukiyacki
Killeen, Texas
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

great food. beach front dinning and reservations are a suggestion, for the night after. great service.

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Thank Amie J
Calgary, Canada
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We enjoyed the fresh tuna tartare and ceviche while watching the sun set at La Palapa. Even though we were directly on the beach and there were a lot of vendors, the restaurant had security to make sure patrons weren't being bothered unless they wanted to be. They gave us a special house shot when we arrived and we also... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The restaurant is primarily on the beach. Restrooms are so, so, but the food is definitely good. Security at the restaurant keeps the beach vendors away while you are eating. They accept American money.

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Thank Robert S
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went with my family of 16, fantastic service, awesome flame juggler show, and terrific seafood. The whole snapper was delicious. Special shout out to our server, and all around great guy...Christian

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Thank Hunter J
Denver
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

They have a cheeseburger on the menu. We ordered that well done . It came out medium rare and no cheese. We brought the matter to our waiter Jimmy attention. Jimmy seemed like he was whacked out on drugs and became abusive and questioning our order saying we did not order them well done. What kind of waiter would do... More 

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Washington, D.C.
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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After walking all of Tamarindo, we decided to walk the beach back to Langosta. Stopped at this very pleasant beach bar and restaurant which has happy hour cocktails all day long. Two margaritas and a salad later ( loved the chicken Caesar) for each if us and we were ready for our return trek. The beachside seating and friendly staff... More 

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Thank supes
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great place to eat great food, served by an excellent staff, surrounded by paradise. My wife's and I were treated like family at this beachside watering hole / Restaurant. The WHOLE staff made us feel like we were the only people on the whole beach. Very Welcoming and the food was great!

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Thank Adrian D
Vienna, Virginia
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We often drive to La Palapa to eat dinner and watch the sunset. It has great food, great drinks and the staff is superb. The staff has always been excellent and most of them speak English. When friends are in town we always take them to La Palapa to eat and watch the sunset. Rainy season or not 😀 My... More 

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Thank cseegren
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant was outstanding! The food was wonderful, the service was excellent and the atmosphere was fun and relaxing! There was a band and a fire show by some local men. A great time!

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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
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
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?