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La Palapa

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Spanish, Central American, Costa Rican, Gluten Free Options
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Tamarindo main street | Main Street of Tamarindo, 20m Before the Circle, Beach Side, Tamarindo 24600, Costa Rica
+506 2653 0362
07:00 - 22:00
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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

When you need your feet in the sand,to be facing the beach, in pleasant surroundings, the service & food here will do.

Thank foodnwine
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Tico Time breakfast was great. We had it every morning during our stay at Hotel La Palapa. Can't beat a delicious breakfast on the beach!

Thank Mallory S
New Orleans, Louisiana
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64 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is one of our favorite spots for happy hour in Tamarindo. Drinks in Tamarindo in general are not cheap. When you order 2 for 1 here you actually get 2 drinks and not a 'so called' double shot like some other places. Good folks, great Chips and Dips. Enjoy, S&R

Thank ScottnRae
Charleston, South Carolina
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73 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The drinks are tasty, but stick with the local Imperial beer to keep an all day beach drinking tab in check. We had excellent service. We returned for lunch. It was delicious, but it was on the pricey side for the area.

Thank CMPofCharleston
richmond, va
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107 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped for drinks...seems to be all day happy hour. Not slight on the alcohol either. Pineapple curry fantastic. So was the ceviche. Highly recommend. Great atmosphere (right in the beach), very good food and drinks...

Thank emf18
Vail, Colorado
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

You're dining about 20 feet from the waves. As good as the atmosphere the food was better. I had a wonderful red snapper caught that day and grilled within a few feet of me. They too the gluten free very seriously

Thank stanatvail
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wandering the beach first day in Tamarindo stopped by for a beer, saw some of the food coming out so ordered lunch, was certainly not disappointed, crevice and nicoise salad were both exquisite, returned on our final night for dinner and had a great snapper. Lovely beachside restaurant

Thank Baz_the_barn
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6 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

thank you so much to lapalapa for a wonderful night with my wife and kids in special to Michael who is a 5 stars customer service guy. he is the best of the best.

Thank crtravel1
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Show starting around 7:30 p.m. Got a great table right on the beach. Food was ok. Drinks were expensive. The fire show was entertaining. Restaurant patrons would need to tip but could take photos with the performers.

Thank Christina F
Montreal, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great sunset views. Good happy hour prices on drinks. Steak was excellent but pasta mediocre and quite pricey. On the beach.

Thank JML-Montreal

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$60
Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Spanish, Central American, Costa Rican, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Romantic, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Tamarindo main street | Main Street of Tamarindo, 20m Before the Circle, Beach Side, Tamarindo 24600, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Tamarindo
  • Phone Number: +506 2653 0362

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