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“Dinner date on the beach”

Father Rooster Beachfront Bar & Grill
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse, Costa Rican
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Father Rooster is the premier beachfront bar & restaurant on the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The location and scenery combined with top quality (yet very simple) food and our famous frozen drinks makes Father Rooster a must see on your next visit to Costa Rica. This is the place where the locals and tourists sit side by side sipping cocktails, eating fresh Mahi-mahi and Tuna and watching the sunset over the Pacific. This is the place where Hemmingway would have hung his hat and the place that Buffet would write songs about. Its the place that you have been looking for all of your life... Come on in, and enjoy!
Reviewed 1 March 2021

Place is an amazing spot for families, friends or couples and their food is really great and drinks are even better.

Not on the menu but often available are full or half orders of ribs, they are done a little different than you normally get them in the states but the meat falls right off the bone just like you would expect from ribs cooked to perfection

Date of visit: March 2021
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Steve G, Owner at Father Rooster Beachfront Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2021

Thanks for the great review and for your business! Glad that your date went well and that the ribs were good. Thanks for coming in and for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor.

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Reviewed 10 February 2021

I had the fish tacos and my husband had rice and fish, both good. Our son thought the lemonade was a little too sour but enjoyed his food. Great location on the beach.

Date of visit: February 2021
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Steve G, Owner at Father Rooster Beachfront Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2021

Thank you for the great review Kirsten M. We appreciate your business and we are thankful that you shared your experience on TripAdvisor. Please come back again soon...

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Reviewed 7 January 2021

I have a home in Ocotal so this place is easy to get to. If it was a hour away I would make the drive.

The service is AMAZING. Every server I have ever had has been great. Customer service is consistent. The menu isn't huge and it shouldn't be. They do what they do very well. It isn't on the written menu but the whole fried red snapper is the way to go. Ask for the house hot sauce and extra limes! I am a big fan of the Patacones as well.

The Tica Linda and the Citrus Fire are great drinks. The margaritas are large, cold, and delicious too.

If you visit a place twice in the area...this should be it. I went here for drinks or food 5 out of 8 days while in town. Great place to enjoy the sunset.

Father Rooster...don't change! The look may not be "Tico" but the vibe is! This place gives life to the phrase 'Pura Vida'!

Date of visit: January 2021
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Steve G, Owner at Father Rooster Beachfront Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 20 January 2021

Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We really appreciate the time that you took to write it. We are just coming out of this pandemic and still working hard to try to get back to break-even. It has been a tough road for us and all restaurants in town. We thank you very much for your business and for your kindness to our team. It means a lot more than you know.

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Reviewed 2 January 2021 via mobile

Great view, wonderful cocktails & yummy tapas! You can play on the beach & stop in for a snack or make a romantic evening of it.

Date of visit: January 2021
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Steve G, Owner at Father Rooster Beachfront Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 20 January 2021

Thank you so much for the review and for your business. We are very happy that you had a good experience with us...

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Reviewed 21 December 2020

We spent one night in Playa del Coco and decided to have dinner here after reading lots of great reviews. I’m summary - the food was really nice, but maybe the menu was a bit limited; the service was very friendly; the location was so beautiful and we saw the sunset, which was incredible; the garden was really nice, natural trees lit up by little fairy lights... but then we turned around and saw this ridiculous-looking, oversized sign with a massive rooster head on - seriously, looks like something you’d get in a kids play-set from toys-r-us. This is Costa Rica, not some tacky strip down a side street in Vegas. GET RID OF IT! However, still a great spot so worthy of the review ;)

Date of visit: December 2020
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Steve G, Owner at Father Rooster Beachfront Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 20 January 2021

Sorry that you did not like the sign. The Father Rooster, logo included, has been in place for over 25 years. You would not realize as a tourist, but, we have a massive loyal following from San Jose, the capital. Our brand and logo holds a lot of value there which helps us to survive the slow season and pandemic times when the tourists are not around. We sell over 1000 shirts each year with the logo. And, it may be part of the reason that we exceed most visitors expectations. How good could a place be with a rooster logo? Somehow, it works. Tourists and locals alike come in daily to give us a try. In any case, thank you for your business. If we ever open that second restaurant, we'll probably call it something else.

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