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US$6 - US$10
Cafe, Healthy, Costa Rican, International
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved the tropical chicken sandwich and iced latte. The seared tuna was good, but not great. We wish they had indoor space because it was hot and there was only one small fan.

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 29 March 2021

We had lunch at the Bodega on our first day and it was spectacular. Such friendly service. The food was so tasty. I'm a breakfast person, but was lured away from the breakfast menu by their bulgogi. Soooo good! They close at 3pm but the...chef, Buki, takes orders for dinner after closing and offers pickup or delivery. He was so enthusiastic and the food was so good that we did order dinner there that evening.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 25 February 2021

Everything I've tried here is top quality delicious- coffee, meat, veggies. PLUS the owner and staff are so kind and speak great English and Spanish. I absolutely love Costa Rican food but sometimes it's nice to have a taste of quality home foods. My favorite...is their soy latte (amazing espresso and soy milk), bacon egg avocado breakfast roll (I get mine gluten free), passionfruit juice (it's REAL juice!), and beef bulgogi bowl!More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 23 February 2021

I have eaten at La Bodega multiple times in the past, & there just are not adequate words to describe this place. The most impressive thing about this incredible restaurant is the freshness & quality of their produce & their products. I even inquired to...the owner yest about how he finds such fresh products, and he told me that he actually visits the grocery store each morning to personally hand-pick what he needs. The flavors in the unique dishes that he creates is mind-blowing. I haven’t tried one thing on the menu that I haven’t raved about. The owner & staff are amazing & so friendly. The prices are always so cheap & reasonable as well. Second day in a row today, and already plan on being back again tomorrow. Don’t leave town without treating yourself to this amazing, delightful place!More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 12 February 2021 via mobile

Great little breakfast spot we actually stumbled on right off tamarindo strip. Great coffee and homemade bread and the waitress spoke English so easy to get exactly what you want.

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 27 January 2021

We had a great brunch here today. We were told upon arriving that they were a bit backed up and that the food may take 20 minutes but they quickly brought our drinks. We were not in a hurry but really appreciated the heads up....I am vegetarian and had the fantastic marinated veggie sandwich and plantain chips with a hibiscus lemonade. My daughter has Celiac and she enjoyed her gluten free breakfast sandwich very much while she used the wifi to attend her online college class. I can't wait to eat here again.More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 2 January 2021 via mobile

This restaurant kept popping up on all the blogs I was reading. We went here for breakfast on our second morning. My boyfriend got the salmon bagel which was excellent. I got the typical Costa Rican breakfast. The rice mixture was to die for. They...also had wonderful sauce. The service was excellent. The waiters could not have been sweeter. Highly recommendMore

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 21 December 2020 via mobile

Great food and service! Has a chill, peaceful vibe with a nice mix of healthy and delicious choices on the menu. Super friendly staff too.

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 18 November 2020 via mobile

This is one of our favorite local restaurants. The flavors, the freshness, the LOVE that is in the food — it never disappoints. My favorite dish is the pork belly. It comes with rice, a side salad, and beverage for under $15. It’s a small...place, with tables outside, and currently open for breakfast and lunch. Although it’s not a fancy restaurant, it offers exceptional food at reasonable prices. In my book, it’s one of the best restaurants in Tamarindo.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 31 May 2020

This place has a great atmosphere and is perfect if you need to connect to the internet for a minute while enjoying a bite to eat. I absolutely loved the quinoa salad!

Date of visit: June 2019
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David M
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Response from proudcanadiantravel | Reviewed this property |
Frank is in Tamarindo but Buki is the new owner. Buki has had it for awhile. Ask around & you will find Frank
25 August 2016|
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Response from Buki-CR | Property representative |
I can't attach them to my response here, or a message via tripadvisor. I will try and upload them to our page here. Frank B.
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Frequently Asked Questions about La Bodega

  • Yes, La Bodega offers takeaway services.

  • Yes, La Bodega offers delivery services.

  • La Bodega is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 5
    • Service: 5
    • Value: 4.5
    • Atmosphere: 4.5