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The Shack Restaurant and Bar

) #5 of 21 Restaurants in Playa Potrero €€ - €€€ , American,
2009 Highway 911, Surfside | Between Flamingo Adventures and Panache, Playa Potrero 55215, Costa Rica
+506 2654 6038
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Overview
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good29%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Closed
All hours
CUISINES
Central American, American, Bar, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
€€ - €€€
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LOCATION
2009 Highway 911, Surfside | Between Flamingo Adventures and Panache, Playa Potrero 55215, Costa Rica
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1 - 10 of 396 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago 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 1 week ago 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 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

Easy to find on the main road in Playa Potrero. Laid back vibe with tasty food. We ate a multitude of different things - oatmeal, omelettes, chicken and waffles, grilled peanut butter, jelly, and banana sandwiches, and lots of sweet plantains. Everything was prepared well...More

Thank catlaw98
TheShackCostaRica, Owner at The Shack Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Thanks for the kind words! We're glad you got to experience a number of times on the menu. We try to keep a large selection to accommodate to everyone. And we do daily, weekly specials so there is always new items for you to try...More

Reviewed 18 June 2017

The cool atmosphere in the mid morning with the Ex Pats and dog friendly make you feel like you are in Austin, San Francisco, New Orleans, or New England. Jocelyn recommended the Americana with homemade pork pan sausage, our vege partner had the spicy potato...More

Thank artsanmiguel
TheShackCostaRica, Owner at The Shack Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Art, Carole, and Beth, Thanks so much for the kind words, and we try to make it feel as much like Boston as we can, without the snow that is :) Jocelyn will be happy to hear the kind words for her. All the best,...More

Reviewed 11 June 2017

I thought the food was good and the prices were pretty reasonable for the area. The wait staff was very nice and good. They even stayed open a little later so that we could eat lunch.More

Thank WilmaWayne
TheShackCostaRica, Owner at The Shack Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Thanks so much for enjoying our little breakfast spot and the kind words. We're always happy to stay open a little later or open a little early when we can accommodate. We're sensitive to tourists who really want to eat here, have one day they...More

Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

We are here two times on our vacation. Food was amazing. Many gluten free options. Free wifi and they take credit cards. We had the banana macadamia pancakes, waffles and other items. They can make almost every item Gluten free. Generous portion sizes. The cinnamon...More

Thank Jason K
TheShackCostaRica, Owner at The Shack Restaurant and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Jason, Thanks for highlighting the gluten free options, it always makes us happy to be able to accommodate to as many dietary restrictions as possible while you're here on your vacation. All the best, Jay

Reviewed 8 May 2017

road side place - lovely staff who smiled and helped us with our choices. Cold beer and a smoking area too

Thank smartcookie50
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Barbara S
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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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$3 - US$12
Cuisine
Central American, American, Bar, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
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
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 14:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 14:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 14:00
Thursday
08:00 - 14:00
Friday
08:00 - 14:00
Saturday
08:00 - 14:00
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
Description
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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