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“This place need to work in the service !!”

Clarita's Beach Bar & Sports Grill
Ranked #42 of 159 Restaurants in Jaco
Price range: US$6 - US$15
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub, Central American, Costa Rican
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Good for: Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Groups
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Drinks, Breakfast, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Clarita's Beach Bar & Sports Grill is located directly 'on' Jaco beach 300 meters north of the Best Western Hotel. Clarita's was the first Bar in Jaco opened in 1964 by Clarita's mom. Therefore, Clarita's is the favorite Restaurant/Bar of the local Costa Ricans. If you are coming to Costa Rica to experience the local culture come to Clarita's. If you are coming to Costa Rica to meet just Americans or Euros then go to the Marriott! Clarita's montra is "Dun Worry...Be Happy & Get Waco in Jaco". With that in mind, if you are an uptight or over demanding please come to Clarita's and we will happily give you an attitude adjustment. If you are laid back, looking for a fun time, great views of the beach scene and surfers, and/or wanting to experience the most spectacular sunsets in Jaco, then Clarita's is your ticket. Besides serving the cooldest and cheapest beer on the Beach and the goofiest cocktails in Jaco, Clarita offers a full breakfast, lunch, snack & dinner menu from 7:00am until Clarita gets tired or drunk and decides to close the kitchen (usually 10ish pm) Clarita serves fresh Pacific catches brought in daily by local fishermen ie. Red Snapper, Dorado, Ahi Tuna steaks and her unique ceviche. On Jacó's largest barbeque grill, Clarita also offers up local C.R. dishes of chicken, shrimp, burritos, enchiladas, pasta, pepper steak, barbeque ribs, and filet mignon. Like Clarita always says, "My cooking is sooo good I even eat it on occasion". **As of January 2013 you can even pig out on PIZZA CLARITA ... made fresh and to order in Clarita's brick oven! No item on the menu exceeds $15.00. Clarita is able to keep her prices low by cheating the other guy and passing the savings on to you! As for service, Clarita's girls will "eventually" find you even if you are sitting at one of her tables on the Beach or involved in a game of Beach Volleyball. However, if the Clarita girls don't meet your standards all we ask you to do is lower your standards. As for live entertainment: Every Thursday night Clarita hosts the Biggest Beach Fiesta in Jaco with $1 Beers from 7-9pm, Latina Musica and Dancing under the Stars to reggae, salsa, merengue and your requests until midnight. Friday is Tequila Karaoke night. Sing a song or dance with a Clarita girl on stage and get a FREE shot after the boos die down! Saturday is Guest Band Night and plenty more dancing. Sundays feature Clarita's world famous calypso band 'Dun Worry . . . Be Happy' and your choice of NFL or Baseball games off her 7 large screen satellite TVs.(Clarita is unfortunaley addicted to the Chicago Cubs... probably as a result of all the tequila she drinks.)
Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“This place need to work in the service !!”
Reviewed 15 July 2014

We came to Claritas last year and the service was terrible!!!! If you are a woman coming over here with an American or European man , be prepare to be ignore like you are invisible , this is a place for men to come and drink and eat and be treated nice by the ladies , THIS IS NOT A PLACE FoR FAMiLIES WITH KIDS OR COUPLES, if you look at the people giving this place 5 stars are all men , we give it a second trie last month and again it was just way to rude I would like the owner to please, please do something about this, I love the seafood rice, the piña colada and the burgers when I was able to get them, but now is just impossible to deal with your rude servers, this place have so much potential it use to be awsome , work on it !!!!

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank Nikitosmom
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New Haven, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great View - decent meal.”
Reviewed 4 July 2014

Our taxi driver recommended this spot as a great place to watch the Colombian World Cup game - as it has a Colombian owner.

First the location on the beach was beautiful. The waitresses wearing Hooters like Colombian jersey's were also easy on the eyes, though mixing in a smile to go with the rest of the ensemble wouldn't hurt.

Overall the food was good, but not the best we had during our visit. The fried snapper was tasty, but lacked that crisp we had at other restaurants. My kids enjoyed their fried pork Casado.(Casado, for those that don't know is the Costa Rican national dish which combines Beans, Rice and a protein)

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank CTNYer
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Key Largo, Fl
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Go for the view, that's about all there is...”
Reviewed 3 July 2014

Great location right on the beach - beautiful breezes, sounds of the surf, lots of atmosphere, and it's fun to read all the signs and posters plastered over just about every inch of the place. BUT.....service (and food) is lacking. We ordered chicken nachos, but instead were brought arroz con pollo. So after we explained that it wasn't what we ordered, our waitress (and her attitude, which was quite evident) left with the rice dish. Simple misunderstanding. After a few minutes we received our order of chicken nachos, which was comprised primarily of chips. To be fair, there was also lots of mayonnaise. The rest of it was typical "nacho" stuff, some lettuce, tomatoes, maybe a couple of other things I'm forgetting, and a bit of cheese. Oh, and near the bottom of the pile was a thin layer of beans but there was very little chicken on our chicken nachos.The presentation wasn't appetizing, and neither was the taste. Not sure if this is the usual way it's served or we were just being rewarded for our refusal of the arroz con pollo. Sigh. Either way, it was disappointing to say the least. We had a beer each and after sitting with the empties (which were there when our nachos were delivered) for several more minutes while our charming waitress refused to make eye contact, my husband had to walk up to the bar to get a couple more. Same thing with the bill.
We've eaten there a couple of times in the past, and while it's never been an exceptional culinary experience and service has never been memorable, it's always a great spot to enjoy the beach and people watch. Prices appear to be typical for "tourist" locations.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Maria F
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Herradura, Costa Rica
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Beachy scene.”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

Food was lacking. More like a hang out for meeting and connecting for social activities. Lots of bar drinks and right on the beach. Great for people watching and a little three piece group played music so that was fun.

Visited June 2014
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Shaker Heights, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Funky but on the beach”
Reviewed 23 June 2014

If you want to experinece the Jaco surfer dude life style, this is the place. Directly on the beach. Go for lunch and a beer!

Visited June 2014
Thank jjboyleiii
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