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Tabanuco

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££ - £££
Bar, Seafood, South American, Central American, Latin, International, Spanish, Pub, Costa Rican
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Samara Beach, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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13:00 - 02:30
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Mon - Sat 13:00 - 02:30
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Houston, Texas
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47 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

Family of 4 went here for a quick dinner and were mostly disappointed. First, the service was decent by Samara standards, so I had no problem with that. The setting is charming, right on the beach and the furniture is nice. But the food was rough to say the least. I had the curry chicken, which was the best of... More 

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Thank Bryan C
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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23 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

We came here for Reggae Night and we had SOOOOOOO much fun! The place was slower until about 11PM and then was packed, we danced and danced and danced! Definitely recommend for a fun night out! Great atmosphere and beautiful location!

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Thank Jessica499
Fernie, Canada
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142 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016

I've never had a bad meal in Costa Rica while on holiday here. Today it happened and the majority of the people in our group felt the same way. Kids who never leave food on their plates didn't eat half their meals. Adults the same. Most food here is prepared fresh but this restaurant seemed to be supplied by a... More 

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Thank Jay C
Wauconda, Illinois
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016

We had a lovely view of the ocean, but expected more in the way of food quality. My daughter's fish was overcooked and chewy. I had the Carribean curry which was very good. But the most lasting memory was the overcooked fish.

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Thank Lzmelody
London, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016 via mobile

We came here on recommendation and were not disappointed! Although the restaurant does not look the greatest when you approach due to the bar/karaoke part, the food really is outstanding and more than makes up for the lack of ambiance. Our ceviche was finely cut and flavored; not too sour and main courses or Seafood rice, Tuna steak with nori... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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244 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016 via mobile

Ate here with my wife and daughter and had a really good dinner. Right in the beach although it was dark when we ate there. Service was friendly whilst remaining really efficient and professional. We shared ceviche and the fish and prawns were delicious. For main the tuna was fresh and well cooked and the seafood rice was plentiful several... More 

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66 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

If you have spent any time in any beach resort around the world, you have eaten here. Food is neither good nor bad. Beautiful setting, friendly service, and meal entirely forgettable within minutes of leaving. I had red snapper in their picante sauce. Sauce was fairly nondescript and fish overcooked. Daughter got the tuna steak and also overcooked. One member... More 

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Saint Marys, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2016

Their "New York Strip steaks" are different than what we get in the United States, but are very tasty, tender, and cooked to perfection. Enjoy leisurely dining with a nice view of the Pacific Ocean.

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Thank Happywintertraveller
Anchorage, Alaska
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59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

Great local restaurant to watch a sunset and have a nice dinner. We ate there several times and enjoyed something different each time. Not the least expensive, but the food was always good and service was great. The beach is not crowded and it felt very relaxing.

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Thank David L
Sitka, Alaska
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2016

We ate at many dinner spots in town and this was the best. Friendly staff, great service and wonderful food. I recommend the tenderloin but they also have seafood and other dishes. Please go here if you are looking for a nice dining experience in samara! Maybe I'll go back tonight!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, Seafood, South American, Central American, Latin, International, Spanish, Pub, Costa Rican
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Monday
13:00 - 02:30
Tuesday
13:00 - 02:30
Wednesday
13:00 - 02:30
Thursday
13:00 - 02:30
Friday
13:00 - 02:30
Saturday
13:00 - 02:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Samara Beach, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?