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Lo Que Hay

Across the street from Casa Del Mar, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 0811
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good34%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“tacos” (243 reviews)
“chorizo” (35 reviews)
“fish” (47 reviews)
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Mexican, Latin, Bar, Seafood, Spanish, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Across the street from Casa Del Mar, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

You can’t beat this place for location-right by Samara beach with spectacular views and tables on the sand. Great atmosphere. Varied menu, good prices and great quality. Try the Casado-it’s the best in Costa Rica! Friendly and speedy service too....what’s not to like?

Thank KTD73
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in Samara for several weeks and went to Lo Que Hay many times. Usually we had the drink specials and/or the daily food specials. The specials lure you in, but the views keep you there. Sometimes we had great food, sometimes we had...More

Thank travelnblues
Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved the food, the location, the ambiance, and visited almost daily for one meal or another. We always loved to start our day with a Latte there.

Thank Steve J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had breakfast in the afternoon... All day breakfast is served. Good food. Good service. Awesome setting on the ocean. I'll definitely be back!

Thank R1318CDdanb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The male bartendar with the ponytail is very ignorant. Calls everyone american. And doesn't care when ppl correct him. Says YOU ARE AMERICAN... Someone please give this guy a map and maybe a geography lesson or two. Beyond ignorant... And didn't seem to care about...More

Thank alyp111
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I ate nearly every meal there for 4 days. I was staying in the apartment above the restaurant. Every morning I had a great breakfast. The lunch menu is off the hook. And dinner was amazing every single time. Every day was a new special...More

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Reviewed 2 October 2017

If you like prompt service, DO NOT EAT HERE.I sat down for 15 minutes without any recognition from the 1 waiter who was there. He passed me at least 15 times but never bothered to look over,offer me the internet password or a drink.Can not...More

Thank LorenzoD4195
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

As you sit right on the beach, the setting and view are amazing! The nachos are great, the tacos are good. The drinks however were not too tasty. The whine is of poor quality, the sangria had way too much alcohol and the cocktails lack...More

Thank KiraLat
Reviewed 18 September 2017

We stopped by for drinks. The beverages weren't stellar - the mojitos tasted funky and the beer tasted like it had been in the tap too long. It didn't seem to be a very clean place either so we didn't go back.

Thank Nancy E
Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

I had the tuna steak. Excellent, not over cooked, large steak for the price. I could have cried when I found out they were closing the next day for two weeks. Argh. I wanted the tuna again.

Thank Kirsi U
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6 July 2017|
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Response from mariabella777 | Reviewed this property |
Most places we went to in Samara do not take credit cards and Lo Que Hay is no different. Prepare to pay in cash.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$2 - US$9
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout
Good for
Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, View, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Across the street from Casa Del Mar, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
  • Phone Number: +506 2656 0811
Lo Que Hay (It Is What It Is) is a lively beachside bar, serving tapas, tacos, nachos, and more. We've got delicious food, excellent views, and live music twice a week. Add in our extensive cocktail menu, ice-cold beer, and super staff, and we bet you'll feel right at home here. Bienvenidos!
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