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Lo Que Hay

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Across the street from Casa Del Mar, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
+506 2656 0811
07:00 - 00:00
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Kingston, Canada
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32 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Cannot beat the view. Enjoy a beautiful sunset view while dining on a wonderful meal! We enjoyed it very much. Highly recommend to visit:)

Thank Kingston_kid
Regina, Canada
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A simple beach bar, but with quality cheap eats and some shade. The nachos are stupendous, drinks are cold, and coffee is excellent.

Thank VinnieCorbett
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40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the kind of place you dream about during a long northern winter. A comfortable open air beach front restaurant with friendly staff, decent music and a laid back vibe where you can kick back, sip a drink and eat while watching the waves roll in. Food is good and not expensive, and the happy hour drink specials are... More 

Thank Icantrelax
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Service , very impressed the attendance was very informative full of knowledge and friendly. Food was just delicious,flavor and presentation. Ambiance so fun and handsome. Try the cócteles 🍹.

Thank Ernesto A
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Food was not bad, but not exceptional either. Only two servers for the entire venue, which was almost full...

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Let me preface by saying I have been going to Mexico every year for 30 years. The attitude towards service in many restaurants here appears like they are doing you a favor if you visit. The one time I tried to eat here I turned around and never returned. So never tried the food. But service, get a clue!

Thank Michael D
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Right on the beach. Very good prices for the location. You can eat cheap here if you go for things like tacos. I really liked the grilled avocado and pico de gallo w/ chips. Best bargain in town if you consider the location and reasonable prices. Expect slow service (as w/ most places in Samara).

Thank Scott E
Horseshoe Bay, Texas
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80 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Lo Que Hay was one of our favorite restaurants in Samara. We visited it several times. Reasonable food prices for a beachfront establishment. Our family enjoyed tacos, salads, fresh fish, and don't forget the super nacho plate with grilled shrimp. All were very good. Friendly staff, but don't get in a hurry to eat anywhere in Costa Rica.

Thank Bill L
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Alberto and the team are as excellent as the food! Perfect spot right on the beach. We are coming back!

Thank Strumpan21
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great spot with incredible views and on the beach- nice staff speaks english- Sunsets , sunrise - Taco Tuesday, Happy Hour - Can't go wrong

Thank David F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$2 - US$9
Mexican, Latin, Bar, Seafood, Spanish, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Takeout
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, View, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Across the street from Casa Del Mar, Playa Samara, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Samara
  • Phone Number: +506 2656 0811
Lo Que Hay (It Is What It Is) is a lively beachside bar, serving tapas, tacos, nachos, and more. We've got delicious food, excellent views, and live music twice a week. Add in our extensive cocktail menu, ice-cold beer, and super staff, and we bet you'll feel right at home here. Bienvenidos!

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