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The Shack Restaurant and Bar

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Central American, American, Bar, Costa Rican, Gluten Free Options
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2009 Highway 911, Surfside | Between Flamingo Adventures and Panache, Playa Potrero 55215, Costa Rica
+506 2654 6038
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08:00 - 14:00
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Tue - Sun 08:00 - 14:00
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

I love when I am traveling to feel that I am in local places with the vacations environment. This is one of them. Friendly staff, natural products, good offer. They have from breakfast til life music on Saturdays and Sunday nights. You have plenty of choices, so do not miss at least one!

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Thank Laia M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place for breakfast, healthy, paleo & gluten friendly options if needed, kitchen opens from tuesday-sunday 8am-2:30pm, the quinoa meal with banana is great! Accepts visa & mastercard only (no AMEX)

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Thank Lucia B
TheShackCostaRica, Owner at The Shack Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the review, Lucia! The quinoa "oatmeal" is one of my personal favorites, too. I'm glad you enjoyed the versatility of our menu. Happy travels! More 

calgary
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came to The Shack for lunch. Hubby had Chicken burrito served with fries, salsa, guacamole etc and I had daily special of Mahi Mahi tacos which was served with beverage choice (beer, pop etc.). Everything was really fresh, substantial and made to order. Also lots to choose from on the menu and really reasonably priced. Note that they are opening... More 

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Thank choco388
TheShackCostaRica, Owner at The Shack Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

We appreciate the great review! It is always our goal to provide fresh food in good portions at a reasonable price, so we're very glad you appreciated those elements of your visit to The Shack. Thanks again for taking the time to give us a shout out here on TripAdvisor. More 

Halifax, Canada
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43 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The only disappointing thing about the Shack is that they are no longer doing dinner, as per a conversation with the owner. Still their breakfasts and lunches are first rate, with excellent portion sizes and very tasty food. Certainly a place that has its own unique charm and friendly staff.

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Thank bmachfx
TheShackCostaRica, Owner at The Shack Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words! We were also sad to say goodbye to dinners at The Shack but it's allowed us to put that much more love and energy into the breakfasts and lunches that you wrote about. I'm glad you came to hang out with us during our new hours and enjoyed your time here! Be well. More 

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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came here while staying at Bahia Del sol. The food was great. It's cute inside and had a cool local vibe. A little less pricey than the hotel.

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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We used to love the Shack a few years ago, however it has been less than we were used to. It took about 45 minutes to get our omelets. Mine was good, but my husband's was not - the chorizo tasted like ground meat with no flavor. The potatoes were cold. They call it Sunday Brunch - maybe because of... More 

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Thank dlhunt
TheShackCostaRica, Owner at The Shack Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

I'm very sorry to hear about your underwhelming experience at brunch. When we get very busy, which often happens on Sundays, the food can be delayed because we have just one (super hard-working) cook in a small kitchen. We are constantly striving to maintain top quality and prompt service, despite the obstacles of our limited-capacity kitchen. Your feedback is appreciated!... More 

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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

If you're not careful, you'll drive past this place and miss out on incredible food and endless cups of coffee. The menu features a great mix of creative and traditional breakfast options. Great atmosphere, friendly staff and great food!

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TheShackCostaRica, Owner at The Shack Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

We appreciate you, Jessica! Thanks for the great review. More 

Cambridge, Massachusetts
1 review
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Have been to Costa Rica several times. Once we found The Shack it was the only place we go for at least breakfast if not breakfast and lunch. High quality food, wonderful staff

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Thank cool_beans108
TheShackCostaRica, Owner at The Shack Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Thank you so much for this review. We love being your go-to place in Potrero! More 

PA
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360 reviews
246 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

My very favorite choice although all of the breakfast selections are great. Plus and endless cup of self serve coffee.

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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

Great little rustic spot to have any meal. Gives you the local feel. Unlimited self serve coffee for breakfasts

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Thank FireAl
TheShackCostaRica, Owner at The Shack Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Three of our favorite words: rustic, local, and COFFEE. Thanks for the review! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 3 - US$ 12
Cuisine
Central American, American, Bar, Costa Rican, Gluten Free Options
Meals
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
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 14:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 14:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 14:00
Thursday
08:00 - 14:00
Friday
08:00 - 14:00
Saturday
08:00 - 14:00
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
Description
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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