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Bar Arriba

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Bar, Spanish, Pub
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Main Street, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 1052
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Orlando, Florida
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35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Stopped for some drinks and noticed its located next to a hostel, therefore bringing out lots of party people. Cool vibe and live music, drinks were inexpensive and good.

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Thank wanderlusttt89
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had dinner here once the first night of my 16 day stay, and a drink my last night here. Based on one dinner I would say the food appears good but the vibe is not welcoming. Each time, the bartender was....como se dice, a punk!

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Thank Michael D
Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bar Arriba is everything a sports bar in Samara should be. It has multiple TV's and one really big screen TV for special events (Soccer is big!) Darts are played. Tables next to side are great for people watching down on street. Good bar food, drinks and some microbrews served. Also some good entrees. Love the chicken kababs. Great place... More 

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Thank James C
Cambridge, Canada
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I ate at Bar Arriba a few times whilst visiting Samara. The food was great, large portions and good value for money. The service was good and quick. Good atmosphere. Recommend it.

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Thank nmiddlet0n
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went here our first night in Samara. We ordered chicken skewers and a chicken wrap. Both were good and decently priced, drinks were a little over priced. Our waitress was a friendly American expat who gave us tips on where to go out in Samara. This seems to be a popular spot for young tourists, it's next to a... More 

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Thank Victoria H
Rochester, New York
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

The food is standard american fare the bar and music make this a popular place almost nightly. The satellite TV brings in sports from around the world and we got to watch Football Bowl games and NHL hockey while drinking and eating in paradise. good fun. Ya gotta go when DJ Rai A Nai is playing!

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Thank kmcgpace
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

Our waitress was put in a bad spot dealing with a slow kitchen on a busy night. She handled it well and the party atmosphere made the wait entertaining. I don't know why but I ordered the veggie burger - not what I'd normally order in a sports bar. I'm glad I did. A portabella mushroom covered with about every... More 

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Thank Marc L
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

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 15 January 2017 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 12 January 2017

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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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
Groups, Bar Scene, 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?