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The Shack Restaurant and Bar

₹₹ - ₹₹₹, American,
2009 Highway 911, Surfside | Between Flamingo Adventures and Panache, Playa Potrero 55215, Costa Rica
+506 2654 6038
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good29%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Central American, American, Bar, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
2009 Highway 911, Surfside | Between Flamingo Adventures and Panache, Playa Potrero 55215, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Once we found the Shack we basically ate breakfast there everyday for the rest of trip. Their waffles were great. I had the tipico breakfast which was exactly how it was supposed to taste. My friends loved the smoothies, but I always drank their guaro...More

Thank MNTravels2008
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Every Wednesday I play 9 at Conchal with my buds and we go to (not do) lunch. One of my favorites is hitting the Shack for their chili. My waitress Jossy knows how to serve it... Dry, hot and with rice and onions. This is...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

on the first day visited the local town to buy some snacks while waiting for our taxi called in for a beer or two and to listen to a guitarist and saxophonist, they do food although we didn't have time to sample any.....gave us a...More

Thank fattybumpkins
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went for breakfast. Coffee was basically Maxwell House that was sitting in a percolator for hours. Ordered the breakfast burrito — the rice was so dry and over cooked that a piece actually poked into my gums. Ouch!! It looked like it was leftover from...More

Thank Janice R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My group’s food ranged from ok (the veggie scramble) to meh (the breakfast burrito) to unpalatable (the oatmeal — more like cold breakfast soup.) The service ranged from merely competent to disdainful. Waitress was clearly more concerned with whatever she was scrolling through on her...More

Thank Bob L
Reviewed 19 April 2018

Our first day in CR we had breakfast here joined by Jay - the Owner. He sat with us and offered advice on things to do and not do during our stay. So helpful for newbies like us!! The food is simple fare with extraordinary...More

Thank supgirl2018
Reviewed 11 April 2018

Laid back atmosphere, simple menu with delicious food and cocktails...what more could you want?! Try the jalapeno margarita - yum!

Thank Cristin B
Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

There are many choices for breakfast 🥞. Everything from pancakes to local favorites . The best dairy free iced coffee ever! Looks like a great place for apps and drinks too

Thank Htfjsgma
Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

Great little roadside restaurant with great macadamia banana pancakes and some healthy fresh delicious smoothies.

Thank Sue S
Reviewed 31 March 2018

This small little place makes some great breakfast. Our boys had chocolate chip pancakes and were raving about them. They also have a selection of locally made kombucha.

Thank pilatesgirl71
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Barbara S
10 May 2016|
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Response from rjnuthouse | Reviewed this property |
Yes they are. At the time we were there they did the exchange rate as 500 colones was equal to 1 US dollar when charging your card. We had a card that didn't charge any international fee also so it was a pretty good deal.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 3 - US$ 12
Central American, American, Bar, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2009 Highway 911, Surfside | Between Flamingo Adventures and Panache, Playa Potrero 55215, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Potrero
  • Phone Number: +506 2654 6038
  • E-mail
Nos alegra ofrecer comida típico de Costa Rica y los Estados Unidos, cafe caliente, cerveza fría, música en vivo cada jueves, y espacio afuera para disfrutar a la naturaleza. Estamos un restaurante de la comunidad! Vengan para compartir comida rica y relajen un rato con sus amigos aquí. Nos avisa que la hora de cerrar (9:30pm) es solamente para la cocina... El bar queda abierto hasta ustedes no quieren mas guaro! * * * * * * * * * We're happy to offer typical Costa Rican and American dishes, hot coffee, cold beer, live music every Thursday, and an outdoor space to enjoy the natural environment. We're a community restaurant! Come to share a great meal and relax for a while with your friends. Please note that the closing hour listed (9:30pm) is for the kitchen only... The bar is open until you don't want any more guaro!
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