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Lo Que Hay

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Mexican, Latin, Bar, Seafood, Spanish, Central American, Costa Rican
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Across the street from Casa Del Mar, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 0811
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07:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 00:00
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Saskatoon, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Delicious cocktails, cold cervezas, service was great! Food was so good! Shaded tables right on the beach.

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Thank travelnut453
Seattle
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27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the 4th day in a row we have come to Lo Que Hay. Great place to chill with a fruit smoothie or imperial and some snacks while you dip in the ocean or decide what's next for your day. Same server every day and our 2nd trip there she recited our order from the day before! Today she... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Came here for dinner twice. The inexpensive, tasty tacos and beachside location are hard to beat. Several taco options are available and you can choose any 3 for a dinner plate. Totally unassuming place where you could eat and run, or stay and linger at your pleasure. Watch for daily drink specials.

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Thank Mike N
The Netherlands
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to this place after reading the reviews on trip advisor. The location is great and staff very friendly. Good is very tasteful and portions are big enough when you're hungry. Prices are very reasonable. I recommend this place for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Thank Gerard v
Atlanta, Georgia
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95 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The food was very good. We both had the three taco plate. The service was very slow that night. Not unusual here but we got pretty hungry.

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Thank SusanRah
Tucson, Arizona
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place right on Samara Beach - shrimp quesadillas are delicious! Great ambience - beautiful place to hang out with a glass of wine at the end of the day too.

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Thank cactuswendy
Fredericton, Canada
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153 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food. Excellent service. The waves rolling in made for a very enjoyable supper after a great day of walking and beach time. I included a view of the beach from out table but I think that it's quite dark

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Thank dan3048
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner here a few nights ago. Great spot right on the beach. Good menu for families, especially if you have fussy kids. Too bad they were out of chicken wings when we were there but the Thai chicken skewers were great. Piña colanda, amazing made with fresh pineapple.

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New York City, New York
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family was instantly drawn to this place by the outdoor seating and music. The location is great and has a great view of the beach. One thing to note before going is that it is not a quick dining experience. For six of us going there for lunch we would often be there for almost 2 hours just because... More 

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Thank ejferguson
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5 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The location is great but the food was terrible. Soggy, cold frozen fish tacos plastered in mayonnaise . Inedible and the staff were not interested.

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Thank Harriet M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$2 - US$9
Cuisine
Mexican, Latin, Bar, Seafood, Spanish, Central American, Costa Rican
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Takeout
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, View, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 00:00
Monday
07:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 00:00
Thursday
07:00 - 00:00
Friday
07:00 - 00:00
Saturday
07:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Across the street from Casa Del Mar, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
  • Phone Number: +506 2656 0811
Description
Lo Que Hay (It Is What It Is) is a lively beachside bar, serving tapas, tacos, nachos, and more. We've got delicious food, excellent views, and live music twice a week. Add in our extensive cocktail menu, ice-cold beer, and super staff, and we bet you'll feel right at home here. Bienvenidos!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?