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$4 - $20
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American, Bar, Costa Rican, International
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Easily the best meal I’ve had on our holiday…ordered a special from the board (Grilled Mahi Mahi)…was cooked perfectly, alongside amazingly fresh and crisp veg and perfect chips…good beers on draft…understated and casual…nice service…

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 7, 2022 via mobile

We went to the shack 3 times during our stay and the food each time was amazing! All fresh and flavorful. If you go for brunch the “Tony” sandwich (add the bacon) was delicious as well as the mahi mahi sandwich. Food came out fast...and our service was great! Make sure to try this restaurant when you visit Playa Potrero.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 21, 2022

Went here for a quick lunch while waiting for the husband to return from fishing. Had a nice salad, very fresh and a beer. Beer could have been a little colder but otherwise very nice solo lunch.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 13, 2022 via mobile

Food was excellent, owner super nice right down the street from our place! Stuffed mahi mahi amazing, cold drinks! A must!

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 28, 2022 via mobile

Loved this placed! Food and atmosphere was awesome! Drinks good and strong! Lively place for a nice "Happy Hour"! Staff make you feel at home !

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 9, 2022 via mobile

We stayed in Potrero for 3 weeks and visited The Shack 3 times. The service is excellent, the staff and owner are kind and fun and engaged our children. They have a great menu and easy options for kids that prefer chicken and fries 🤪...delicious vegetarian options, an amazing fish stew special, great beers and great music.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 28, 2022 via mobile

Excellent Breakfast local made salsas 4 sale Great service Great food 🤙. We had Smoked Salmon bagel and the Breafast Burrito. Fresh guacamole, salsa & sour cream. All fresh & yummy. Our server even recommended a great dinner place. 😁

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 4, 2022 via mobile

Food was Americanized. Clients were Americans. Food was pretty, but lacked flavor. Rice was undercooked. Our least favorite meal on this trip. Not worth returning.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Melissa S, Owner at The Shack, responded to this reviewResponded April 6, 2022

Thanks so much for taking your time to review us. Yes we are definitely a restaurant that hosts both local Costa Ricans and tourists from around the world. I’m sorry your experience with us was underwhelming. I’m surprised to hear our food lacks flavor but...More

Reviewed March 27, 2022 via mobile

My husband and two daughters came here last night. The restaurant was empty when we arrived, but five minutes later several reserved tables showed up. Seeing this, we ordered our entire meal as soon as we could. It came, and fast. So fast that we...didn’t get our drinks until the end of our meal. We then waited for 20 minutes to get our check. They apologized, but it really felt like we were being disregarded so they could pay attention to the larger families. The ceviche was amazing. The rest of the food was ok at best. The views were nice, though? Just not nice enough that we will ever return.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed February 21, 2022

Enjoyed several meals during my vacation including breakfast and dinner. The food was excellent, staff inviting and my fav red snapper was delicious. Enjoyed the drinks and entertainment. A place to be for sure!

Date of visit: February 2022
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Yes they are. At the time we were there they did the exchange rate as 500 colones was equal to 1 US dollar when charging your card. We had a card that didn't charge any international fee also so it was a pretty good deal.
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Yes, The Shack offers takeout services.

The Shack is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5