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Bar Arriba

€€ - €€€, ,
Main Street, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 1052
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good32%
  • Average7%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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Bar, Central American, Costa Rican, Pub, South American, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
Main Street, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 2 days ago

good food, not cheap but not terribly expensive. Fun place, but know you will likely have big screen tvs showing sports for better or worse. We had a tough time finding restaurants in this town that provided value, and this was the same. $15 bucks...More

Thank traveler5555512
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Happened by this bar in Samana during a rainy afternoon. Quite a few had gathered to watch the friendly between Costa Rica and England as a lead up to the World Cup. Great vibe, tons of flatscreens..cold beer...Returned that evening to watch the Capitals win...More

Thank Churchy2018
Reviewed 27 April 2018

We stopped in for a drink one night and noticed all the Canadian Sports jerseys. We went a second night to watch a Stanley Cup game. Lots of Canadian Fans!! Good times.

Thank jacqui d
Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

Awesome place, relaxing atmosphere, food is Spectacular, BEER is deliciously Cold & the staff treat you like you are royalty Thank you very much, Nikki, Eron, Kris, Sean & Fantastic staff, you know (“ I will be back”) 👍🏻🍻🍺👍🏻

Thank Moe F
Reviewed 6 April 2018

My wife Amanda and myself brought 60 of our friends/family to Samara for our wedding. I reached out to Nikki at Bar Arriba prior to arrival to see if we could plan a little arrival party for the night everyone was flying in. Without hesitation...More

Thank Jeremy K
Reviewed 2 April 2018

HOLY SMOKES, what a great surprise! Decided to go deep for lunch today and ordered the fish'n chips at Bar Arriba in Samara. Owner, Nikki heard me and said " the beer battered are the special today". Well great, we'll take two orders. Perfect batter,...More

Thank J Carol P
Reviewed 29 March 2018

Bar Arriba is fun anytime. We were in Playa Samara for a week and went in every day for our afternoon siesta. We were able to get to know the owners and they are just plain great people! The staff is friendly and all speak...More

Thank Janelle H
Reviewed 13 March 2018

Maybe the last bar open in Samara, they have a good menu and good hamburger. Frequently they have DJ's and the place gets loud. The owner is Canadian and is a great jazz singer!

Thank angus m
Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

In 2 weeks we probably visited Bar Arriba 8 or 9 times, and never had a bad meal. Awesome daily specials, 2 for 1 happy hours, and they were happy to put on NHL games at our request. Turns into quite the night spot after...More

Thank Peter L
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Reviewed 22 February 2018 via mobile

Good food, great fun, and awesome entertainment! If in Samara it's a must! Owners became friends quickly!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, Central American, Costa Rican, Pub, South American, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Street, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
  • Phone Number: +506 2656 1052
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