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Bar Arriba

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Bar, Pub, Spanish
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Main Street, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 1052
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Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Valeria made this stop worth the visit. The place is great for spending a few hours people watching or just watching a football game. I had the blue cheese burger which was excellent and Pilsen draft beer.

Thank CarlosGMF
San Francisco, California
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

This is the only place in Sámara you'll find real Peruvian ceviche, served with Yuca fries. The other dishes I tried were mas o menos. The staff are awesome, totally on the ball, even when the place is busy.

Thank LocaSola
Cincinnati, Ohio
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91 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

This is a great spot to get together with friends. The food is good and so is the service. Open late so can have a party atmosphere.

Thank CostaRicaTravelGuru
Nicoya, Costa Rica
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

Usually I have the kebobs with roasted taters or chicken pita with a side of sweet potato fries. This time I tried the Philly Cheesesteak. It was really good. My cheesesteaks are ordered with no peppers FYI and this one came on soft, tasty ciabatta bread with fries upgraded to sweet potato type. Then I noticed they were stocking Samuel... More 

Thank MissKahn
Boerne, Texas
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

Nice place for dinner and drinks. Friendly and good service. I had the shrimp kabobs, the shrimp were huge and super fresh...delicious and the veggies were excellent, the zucchini was as big around as a softball (some perspective on how big the shrimp were)

Thank mark d
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

The people were nice. Order was taken promptly waited almost an hour but the food never came. Wasn't very busy. Ended up eating elsewhere.

Thank Aleta B
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

Good food, Giant TV where they played the NBA finals, staff was very nice. Samara beach is a great little town,

Thank sandra f
London, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016

We visited this bar in a big group - and had a fun night. Cheap drinks, a good atmosphere and Imperial beer - what more could you want on a night out?!

Thank Andrew P
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

love this place you can be totally yourself crazy and fun, great atmosphere.. great people!!! always something happening:)

Thank Krissijane
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

Came here on what was apparently industry night. Cheap drinks, friendly bartender, huge projector and TV's with sports on, and a good menu of bar food. Hard to ask for more

Thank Dylan R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Pub, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Romantic, Cheap Eats
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?