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Black Stallion Cafe & Surf Saloon

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The Black Stallion Hills Ranch | 10 mins drive from Tamarindo., Villareal, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
+506 8869 9765
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Mattituck, New York
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My wife and I went to the BBQ dinner at the Black Stallion Ranch on March 21,this week. What a great experience.We were greeted by Alex,the owner ,at our arrival and were immediately made to feel welcome. The area where the meal is served is decorated with unique artifacts and is very pleasant to walk around and view. We were... More 

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Thank Dave443
Surferchefcowboy, Manager at Black Stallion Cafe & Surf Saloon, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us & the great review.Very happy to read you enjoyed the ranch style cooking & BBQ.We are always cooking fresh same day produce.Nancy cooks Real Costa Rican style no doubt.Glad to see you liked the decor & cafe ambience. Next time bring swim trunks, the pool has LED lights,so an evening dips always fun. Thanks again.See... More 

Centennial, Wyoming
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed the ziplining, horseback riding and the BBQ. The 360-degree views for the zipline adventure are exquisite and the ride back down is quite a thrill (but very safe). Our horseback ride was a wonderful way to experience the Costa Rican countryside. Alex and his staff make you feel like a real VIP guest in a casual, festive atmosphere.... More 

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Thank Suzanne S
Surferchefcowboy, Manager at Black Stallion Cafe & Surf Saloon, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review,we appreciate.The super ranch combo is the best afternoon adventure here,ride up & zip down in the jungle! Glad to see you loved it & enjoyed cooling off in the new pool.Pleasure having you all.Thanks Again & Pura Vida! More 

Dallas, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The meal was amazing. Me and my friends were on vacation and the restaurant was a suggestion from one of the locals in Costa Rica. We had dinner there, best restaurant experience I had while I was there. Nancy, the cook was excellent!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went to Black Stallion to try horse riding for the first time, I was very nervous, but my nerves quickly disappeared and I had the best time! The guides were so great and very reassuring. The host Alex is so warm and genuine, always making sure we were having the best time. My Favorite part was the BBQ..WOW!!! So... More 

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Surferchefcowboy, Manager at Black Stallion Cafe & Surf Saloon, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us & for the review.Our horses are very relaxed & like to take it slow & easey, each ones a character, this makes the tour more of an adventure. Best to ride in the morning around 9am or later in the afternoon & do a sunset ride as this month its dry & hot. Happy to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stunning ride uphill to a beautiful panoramic view. Meal was outstanding, service amazing. Super friendly fun place. Would absolutely recommend to anyone travelling to Costa Rica!!

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Thank Madi B
Surferchefcowboy, Manager at Black Stallion Cafe & Surf Saloon, responded to this review

Great to have you on the ranch & happy to see you enjoyed the sunset ride & BBQ dinner, next time bring swim trunks & enjoy cooling off in the pool after tour. Thanks for the review & thanks for visiting us amigos! Cheers & Pura Vida. More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Group of 35 of us had an amazing evening!Good foodGreat drinks and amazing music.A fun night.Excellent host constantly tending to his guests.It was like a feeling of home atmosphere.

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Surferchefcowboy, Manager at Black Stallion Cafe & Surf Saloon, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the review.Great to have you all relaxing on the ranch. Pleasure looking after you all & happy to see that you loved the Rustic BBQ cooking & cocktails etc.Super fun group which always makes its a blast.Next time bring your swiming trunks & bikinies.Thanks again.Pura Vida! More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a wonderful experience at the Black Stallion. I was a little nervous after booking the horseback riding as I had not ridden for many years and being of more mature years a little inflexible! No need to worry. I was encouraged and taken very good care of all the time I was riding and enjoyed it so much.... More 

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Surferchefcowboy, Manager at Black Stallion Cafe & Surf Saloon, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us on the ranch.Our horses are very " mansito " as they say in spanish,calm.Glad you enjoyed being back on a horse,always fun! Pleasure having you all for BBQ dinner,next time we will get u zipping. Cheers & Pura Vida! More 

London, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing experience! Friendly, timely, affordable, made the trip so much fun! Highly recommend this to everyone!

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Surferchefcowboy, Manager at Black Stallion Cafe & Surf Saloon, responded to this review

Thanks for the review.Great to have you girls zipping with us. Good luck with your teaching & school projects in Costa Rica. See you soon.Pura Vida! More 

Dallas
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this place. Believe the other reviews. Alex came and hung out with us and had great stories and was an all around great host. You really feel like you are at a Costa Rican family's BBQ. Want more to drink? Go get some. More meat? Same. All great flavor. You will enjoy the evening!

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Thank TheDonner
Surferchefcowboy, Manager at Black Stallion Cafe & Surf Saloon, responded to this review

Thank you & a pleasure having you all on Black Stallion.Yes,we are very generous with the food & drinks here,its part of the original Costa Rican relaxed Pura Vida spirit, which is unfortunatly fading due to Costa Ricas popularity and such a huge infux of people.Its a challange doing bisiness here, which some don't understand.To enjoy life here is to... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took a group of about 25 people to Black Stallion as one of the excursions for our wedding. Some of the group did ziplining, others did the monkey walk and we all had a buffet meal at the end. The ziplining incorporated a ride on the back of a truck up to the top of a hill for some... More 

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Thank Matt H
Surferchefcowboy, Manager at Black Stallion Cafe & Surf Saloon, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review amigo, we appreciate ! Happy to see you and all the group enjoyed the Afternoon.So cool to see Londoners zipping in the jungle after a long direct flight from the UK.Fantastic,that you can fly direct to Liberia from London.Thanks for choosing Black Stallion Ranch it was a pleasure having you all.Cheers,congratulations & Pura Vida! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 25 - US$ 55
Cuisine
Barbecue, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Buffet
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Black Stallion Hills Ranch | 10 mins drive from Tamarindo., Villareal, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Tamarindo  >  Villareal
  • Phone Number: +506 8869 9765
Description
We offer a rustic ranch style evening that's private & exclusive.We specialize in small groups & also do special events for families & friends. ( What we do, is BBQ just for u.) The BBQ is outside in " the shack "under the stars, people relax in the Cafe & Saloon, which is a unique rustic wood design.The best way to descibe the set up is
" Costa Rican cowboy Saloon with a surfer twist."We make every evening special & unique ! It is reservations only. Please book in advance.
We start at 7 pm & BBQ the best local assorted meats,lomo,ribs,pork,steak,chorizo,ranch chicken & veggies. Then finish the evening with a tropical desert that's always a surprise, followed by a tropical blended some thing good.
We start BBQ ing at 7pm. & The food is served no later than 7.30 Pm.We suggest people arrive at 6.30-7 Pm.The good news we have a new paved road so it's a quick trip from tamarindo.The BBQ dinners we do are a feast, so it's very unlikely u will leave hungry.See u soon & Pura Vida !

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?