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“Great for breakfast”
Review of Big Wave Dave's

Big Wave Dave's
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$4 - US$15
Cuisines: Diner
Description: All food options are Hand-Made, Fresh Daily using the highest quality Nicaraguan and Imported ingredients. We are renowned for our fresh-squeezed or infused soft beverages and the best Martinis and Bloody Caesars in town. Weekly we offer a Trivia Night (Monday), Texas Hold'Em Poker Tourney (Tuesday), Live Blues Music (Wednesday), Pool Tournament and BBQ (Friday), Farmer's Market (Saturday) and more Live Music (Sunday). Chill Music, Big Smiles and the ever-present curmudgeon (Dave).
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Description: All food options are Hand-Made, Fresh Daily using the highest quality Nicaraguan and Imported ingredients. We are renowned for our fresh-squeezed or infused soft beverages and the best Martinis and Bloody Caesars in town. Weekly we offer a Trivia Night (Monday), Texas Hold'Em Poker Tourney (Tuesday), Live Blues Music (Wednesday), Pool Tournament and BBQ (Friday), Farmer's Market (Saturday) and more Live Music (Sunday). Chill Music, Big Smiles and the ever-present curmudgeon (Dave).
Reviewed 16 July 2014

I first went to BWD 8 years ago and was excited to return this time. The food is still great but the place was empty. Seems like the growth in SJDS has not been good to BWD, at least for breakfast... The BWD breakfast sandwich is amazing! One thing to note, the menu is in English but the waitress only speaks Spanish, luckily we speak enough Spanish to translate the menu for her...

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1  Thank VictoriousJane
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

I went here twice as the service and food was good for pub food. In particular, the burgers are highly recommended.

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Thank madtaxer
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

Big Wave Dave's is much more than a great bar and grill--this is a SJDS institution. We've been coming here for 4 years, and watching the Super Bowl at BWD's is one of the highlights of our year. It's not just that it's funky, friendly and always fun--this is the unofficial official gathering spot for expats and an incredible resource for the recently relocated, especially those who don't speak Spanish. Dave has been a local long enough that he's seen it all--and probably done it all--and he's willing to share the benefit of his experience with one and all.
As for food and drink, you're going to get what you pay for--and BWD's delivers. Want the best desayuno americano in SJDS? For $5, you're going to get eggs, bacon, perfect potatoes, toast, butter and jelly. Is that a bit more than you'll pay for a typical Nica breakfast? Yes, and well worth it when you're in the mood. And where else are you getting to get a bagel with smoked salmon, cream cheese, red onion and capers? Served with fresh-squeezed OJ?
Yes, if you visit frequently, you're going to see the same folks over and over again--you decide if that's a good thing or not. Regardless of that, you're going to get good service, good food, perfectly acceptable drinks and a welcoming and open atmosphere with wifi--plus the benefit of years of Nica experience that can invaluable for strangers in a strange land. This is an institution--treat it with respect and have a great time. You really can't go wrong.

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Thank Bryan C
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Reviewed 12 April 2014

We stopped in here one day and Dave was actually at the bar and we got to visit with him. We had a great fresh banana daiquiri which was delicious. Dave told us about the special that night including a live band so we decided to return.
That evening we returned and we were about the only folks eating. But the bar filled up quickly with, seemingly, lots of expats. Our meal was average in taste and very expensive in price.
I would recommend you stop in for a drink here but skip the food.

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1  Thank Bookwoman44
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Reviewed 3 April 2014

Although it might not be much to look at, the food is AMAZING, and the patrons and conversation fun and laid back. Dave has a great menu, and the food is done to perfection. Nice to find something different amongst alot of rice and beans. Can't wait to go back!

Thank americangirl61
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