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Black Stallion Cafe & Surf Saloon

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Barbecue, Central American, Costa Rican
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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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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We did Zip Lining at Black Stallion as a group of 6. Alex picked us up and was very friendly. The first time we went it had started raining and it was decided it wasn't safe enough to do. I'm glad the decision was made and we were able to rearrange for a couple of days later as we had... More 

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

Thank you very much for the review.Yes,always better to zip in perfect tropical conditions the rainy season was a little longer than usual which is good for the water wells.If its pouring rain, zipping in its not that great.Glad to see you enjoyed its a special adventure with out a bus load of people.We keep it that way.thanks again.Pura Vida. More 

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A lot of great reviews about this place here on TA so we decided to try it. It was not at all what we were expecting in terms of ambiance, but it was all around a great experience! The food was wonderful, the people were very welcoming, and Alex is about as friendly as a person can get!

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

Thank you for the geat review, we appreciate.Happy to see you enjoyed the BBQ & rustic ranch style cooking.Over Christmas & New Years we do get a little 2 bizzy ! This week will be way more relaxed with more good BBQ cooking.Next time u vist us please do the canopy zip,you will love it.Thanks again Amigos! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My cousin and I had the opportunity to visit Black Stallion Café on January 2nd. It was truly an experience of a lifetime. As you drive down the dirt road and approach a giant statue of two horses standing on their back legs. You know you’re in for a time of your life. We walked through the gate to this... More 

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Albion, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our Family of 17 ranging in age from 7 to 85 enjoyed a morning of zipling and then BBQ. Our host Alex was very responsive to our need for transportation, and has a great staff of Zip guides and BBQ workers. We all had a wonderful time, enjoying the beautiful farm, mountain, pool and BBQ meal. The band was terrific... More 

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

Thank you for visiting us & the great review.Yes! zipping has been amazing with perfect weather conditions & perfect tropical sunsets.Happy to to see you enjoyed the Super Ranch combo, thats the real adventure.Fridays with the Brazilian BBQ Jam is definatly a fun evening, reservations only, good vibes & delicious BBQ.thanks again Amigos! Pura Vida. More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are a group of 25 and Alex did a fabulous job.It was a memorable evening the group is still talking about it.Band was great food was outstanding.Alex made a Sangria to die for.Well worth it would definitely be returning.

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

Thank you very much for the review.Great to see you all had a exellent time on the ranch.We love to do groups,families & friends,always good times,relaxed & pura vida.Look forward to seeing you soon in paradise.thanks again & Happy New Years! More 

Chattanooga, Tennessee
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22 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was the highlight of our visit in Tamarindo. We met some great people and had a family style sit down dinner that was absolutely to die for. The cook Nancy and her son were fantastic. The sauces were all freshly made, everything freshly chopped, everything homemade! The flavors were out of this world! Alex is a gracious wonderful host... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our group - a family with 4 adult kids and a girlfriend - all in their 20's - had an epic time in Alex's personal paradise. we rode horses, ziplined and spent the night at the Friday night BBQ and Brazilian Bongo Jam night. You have to quickly get accustomed that eveything is very laid back - which was more... More 

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

Thank you very much for visiting us & kicking back into our mellow ranch & tico time mode.Its been a little loco over the last few days,but great fun! Loved having some super English style & top knotch humour & the way u all joined in on the brazilian bongo session was brilliant! Thanks for the great review Amigos,most appreciated.keep... More 

Tamarindo, Costa Rica
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Alex was amazing, very charming, and the place was like no other. Not to be missed. The food was plentiful and delicious

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

Pleasure having you all on Black Stallion.Happy to see you loved our rustic ranch style cooking.We always make it a creative & a funtime.Great that you all enjoyed our new pool & cabanas, good for a mini siesta. Thank you for your review we do appreciate.Pura Vida! More 

Larchmont, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took our two sons, ages 7 and 4.5 horse riding at Black Stallion yesterday. The horses were very well behaved and comfortable, and the view from the canopy was beautiful. It was our little one's very first solo ride, and the guide took good care of him and kept him on the lead line. The BBQ dinner looked amazing... More 

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minneapolis
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a great time with the guys from Black Stallion. Such a beautiful setting in the hills above Tamarindo. From the Zipline course you can see Tamarindo Beach and Playa Grande, the green hills and beautiful valley below. Our family had a blast on the zip line course, and would go back anytime! Highly recommended!

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

Big thanks for the great review.The 360% views from our Canopy take off rancho are amazing & give you a good visual of the ranches & beaches around us.Happy to see the family loved the canopy zip adventure.thanks for choosing Black Stallion.Happy Hols. 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
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, 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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