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Black Stallion Cafe & Surf Saloon

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££ - £££
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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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The food was wonderful, and this is definitely a experience of tasting local fare in a very cozy and friendly environment. Alex is the proprietor, and Karen is his Chef, and hostess. The food was absolutely amazing, and Alex keeps the number below 35 to help keep the experience intimate. The road is a little rough getting in, but that... More 

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

Thank you for the great review.Nice to have you guys on the ranch zipping & enjoying the Brazil Jam & BBQ.$45 is the family or group rate $50 is the reg.price this is fridays only. Yeh sorry its the " holy road " made way more holy by Otto, this is the muncipality road & they should get to it... More 

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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Can't say enough wonderful things about our dinner. It's a quaint and beautiful atmosphere, with extremely gracious hosts, Alex and Nancy. Fantastic food and drinks. Make sure you try the sangria. If you are near Tamarindo, DO NOT MISS. Call ahead, seatings are limited.

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

Thank you very much for the review.Happy to see you enjoyed our BBQ cooking & laid back style.Next time we will get you & your wife on the zipline,sorry about the unpredicatble weather,you will need to come back in a week when its blue skys. This only happens once every 100 years ? Pura Vida Amigo. More 

Anchorage, Alaska
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Alex and staff were professional, safe and fun! Our group of 15 had a total blast even in the rain! We will return!!!

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

Thank you for the great review. You guys were amazing all team players & immediate zip champs! Sorry about the on & off tropical showers,it made it even more of an adventure. The jungles & the howler monkeys are loving the rain.Next time take a dip in the pool & stay for the BBQ.Thanks again & pura vida! More 

Aurora
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48 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Difficult to find, continue through Villareal, on your left, terrible road BUT, well worth the trip. There is horseback riding, a zipline, and two adorable boxers. We went for my wife's birthday, they arranged a cake, the barbeque was served family style and the food was fantastic, best steak in CR, chicken, sausage, ribs, veggies, salad, potatoes etc etc, wine,... More 

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

Pleasure having you all, sorry about the " holy pot hole road " we are thinking about adding it to the tours? $5 per pothole ? Just kidding. Municipality road so lets see....maybe next week,pura vida? Strong October rains. Glad to see you had a delicious evening & always happy to present a Birthday cake. Thanks & Cheers! More 

Colorado Springs, Colorado
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Best part of my trip! An amazing relaxing dinner! Good friends! And Alex is awesome, and nancy food is made with real love! This is Costa Rica life.

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Thank coloradogirl7321
Surferchefcowboy, Manager at Black Stallion Cafe & Surf Saloon, responded to this review

Thank you for the cool review.Great to have Colorado in the house,good company & good vibes.Pleasure cooking up a storm for you.Good luck with the new Project in Snowmas Pura Vida! More 

Oakland, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow, what can I say, this is some of the best food I've ever had, ever, BBQ or not. The meat was tender and juicy, the veggies flavorful and the sauces out of this world. We had a mango sauce with our filet mignon which was unreal and this mushroom sauce which was equally good in a different way. Alex... More 

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Houston, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I were in Tamarindo for our anniversary. This was such a great way to end our trip. Alex picked us up and we already knew we were going to have fun. He was so cool and laid back. We were impressed when we pulled into the complex. He showed us all the new improvements they were working... More 

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

Thank you for the great review, we appreciate ! Pleasure having you on Black Stallion, its always nice to have happy fun loving people.Glad To see you enjoyed the nature & Jungle zipping.Please come back for the BBQ on your next visit,we BBQ pura vida style better than Texas....Well Maybe? Thanks Again Amigo! More 

Crawfordville, Florida, United States
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have visited each time we travel to Costa Rica and are never disappointed. Alex is a charming, delightful host and the food is beyond delicious. If you have the time, spend an evening at the Black Stallion. You won't regret it. And if you are in the mood for more fun, try the zip line or horseback riding, too.

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

Thank you for the great review. Very glad to see you enjoyed the BBQ dinner, always delicious here on the ranch thanks to Nancy & co. Very beautiful here in the jungle after fantatic raining season,the monkeys & nature are all very happy. Big thanks again for visiting us. Pura Vida to you. More 

Washington, DC
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61 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I signed up for the horseback riding, zip line and BBQ package for my birthday and it was certainly one of the most memorable EVER! Alex and his staff are fantastic and offer an incredible experience. The BBQ was over the top with filet mignon, beef ribs, sausages, pasta with fish, salads etc, etc, etc. excellently prepared... More 

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

Thank you for the great review, we do appreciate ! Happy to see that you loved being on the ranch, zipping, seeing the monkeys & hanging out in the Costa Rican jungle which is always fun! We will keep BBQ ing up a tropical storm.Glad you enjoyed the dinner! Big thanks for visiting us on Black Stallion, see you soon... More 

Sacramento
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Alex and his crew do a fantastic job. My wife and I had never zip lined before. Based on the reviews we contacted Alex at the Black Stallion. He actually came to town, picked us up, and dropped us back off. The ride up the mountain was almost as fun as the zipping. After a breif orientation we were hooked... More 

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

Thank you for visiting us. Great to see you loved the canopy adventure & enjoyed the ranch.Yes friday evenings is Brazilian BBQ & Live music,bongos & good times. So see you then amigo.Thanks & 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
Meals
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch
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
Cheap Eats, View, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
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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