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The Great Waltini’s

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Costa Rican, Bar, Pub, South American, Central American
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Playa Grande Road | Hotel Bula Bula, Playa Grande, Costa Rica
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Boston, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was ok. Drinks were ok. Portions were big. Reminded me of thanksgiving dinner. Heavy. Wouldn't go back.

Thank Danielle B
Altoona, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So, buffet is only on Mondays, local told us about it, so we tried. Its cool, take a boat ride over, feet have to get wet (wet landing)both ways. Cool place, food mediocre. Buffet has some stuff in crockpots. Not my kind of thing (i can do at home) .. Just doesn't feel authentic. But overall, something different...give it a... More 

Thank Flyfisher1234
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came to this restaurant because we heard they had a great happy hour. It was so true!!' Awesome Margaritas!! It was Monday night so we stayed for the buffet which was great as well. Service was excellent, very friendly staff!!

Thank Tamara S
Coastal South Carolina, South Carolina
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

We enjoy visiting the Great Waltini's. We came several times last February and have already been twice this trip. The Mexican Buffet on Monday nights ($15) has a great selection and it is all tasty. I have had their chicken burrito (usually a special) twice and both times it was good, and large! One of the waiters remembered us from... More 

Thank mgpfaulk
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

Awesome staff here and huge cocktails! We ate here several times. The hotel looks really nice too. They'll arrange estuary tours or a water taxi to tamarindo for you for about 3 bucks per person. I had the biggest pork chop of my life and it was so yummy. I'd recommend sharing a main dish since the portions are astronomical.

Thank AllieClash
Evansville, Indiana
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

We stopped by here several time. The service and food are great. There is also the Hotel Bula Bula here.

Thank nicolelaswell
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

After a long red eye flight....our first meal at this place was disappointing. We only had a series of appetizers but they weren't anything special. However, the bartenders (victor and Ernesto) made up for the mediocre food. They were very friendly and welcoming. The hotel looks nice and has a pool that can be accessed by guests of the restaurant... More 

Thank MadelinL156
Francestown, New Hampshire
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40 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Found this place by accident while looking for another restaurant. The access road was so bad we didn't know if we were actually on a road or a swamp! The lunch was very nice, a little high priced but the staff were friendly and the food was very good. My advice to anyone wanting to go there, during the rainy... More 

Thank twobeach
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

We were staying in Playa Grande and ate at the Great Waltinis at Hotel Bula Bula twice, partly because it was convenient but also because it's good. Our first night the bartender was our server and he was very welcoming and helpful. He asked if our drinks were strong enough and came over to add more rum. That made everyone... More 

Thank Kristina D
Kingston, Canada
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4 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

My husband and I ate here during our recent trip to Playa Grande. The food was very expensive for CR (like $20 US per person per plate), and although the fish was fresh, the restaurant had an uninspired menu and had very dated decor. There are so many (and I mean so many) delicious options in Playa Grande and that... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Costa Rican, Bar, Pub, South American, Central American
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Full Bar, Reservations, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Playa Grande Road | Hotel Bula Bula, Playa Grande, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Grande
  • Phone Number: 506.653.0975

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