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Bar Arriba

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Bar, Spanish, Pub
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Main Street, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 1052
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Fun place to visit, especially night-life. They sometimes have live music, the food is good, and the people are super nice! Great place to visit while in Samara, Costa Rica!

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Thank Sarah U
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ordered calamari around 4:30pm with maybe 15 people in the entire bar. It took an hour for it to come out. The service staff didn't even think that was an issue nor did they seem to care. And yes, the calamari was as terrible as the last review. Rubbery and way over cooked.

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Thank Neil P
Charleston, South Carolina
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Awful food and very poor service which is unfortunate given the great location. Servers got our entire order wrong, did not fix it or apologize, took over 45 minutes for what was obviously frozen calamari which tasted like rubber. Left as soon as possible.

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Thank Elizabeth P
Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I LOVED this place! 2nd floor balcony bar, really good people watching! The food was delicious! The burger is serious! The salads hit the spot and more! The drinks were so perfect I would leave other bars and parties and walk back to Arriba to get my refills. The guys behind the bar are professional and good at what they... More 

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Thank bikinimeg
Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala
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94 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 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.

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Thank CarlosGMF
San Francisco, California
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28 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 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.

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Thank LocaSola
Cincinnati, Ohio
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94 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 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.

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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 

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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)

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Thank mark d
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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.

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Thank Aleta B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, Spanish, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, 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?