The Langosta Beach Club in Tamarindo has a bright cheerful sign on the beach advertising “Beach Bistro!” “Pool!” “Happy Hour!”
It looked great, so we went inside and ordered a delicious poolside dinner, served by friendly, attentive French chefs. It was an expensive but lovely meal in a beautiful setting looking out over Tamarindo Beach.
Having had such a good time, we came back to the Langosta Beach Club a couple of days later with our beach towels and bathing suits, intending to order a tasty lunch and plenty of alcohol-free fruity drinks and take a refreshing dip after our meal.
We came, located a shady spot to sit, and went to the bar and ordered our lunch. We asked the nice French guys if they wanted us to eat at the bar or if we could have it brought over to where we were sitting. They said they’d be happy to bring it to our seats, but then a woman who had been sitting at the bar wearing a bathing suit and towel – whom I’d taken as another patron but who must be one of the managers of the Langosta Beach Club – came over and told us that our seats were “reserved for members” and so was the pool. If we wanted to sit at a members’ table or use the pool we’d have to pay for a $25 Langosta Beach Club day pass, thank you very much. Otherwise, we were limited to certain tables – all of which, I might add, were baking in the midday sun.
We’re pretty easy-going, but the whole thing really got our backs up. The policy was fine – we wouldn’t have minded paying for the day pass, had we known about it in advance – but the signs luring us in explicitly mentioned the pool as an amenity (“Langosta Beach Club! Restaurant! Pool!”) and never said a thing about the membership fee. Nor was anything mentioned in the menu or posted anywhere in the seating area. There was no “reserved” sign on the table we chose – it looked like it was fine to sit anywhere. It was quite a small seating area overall and certainly nothing about the layout suggested that some areas were all right and some were “off limits”.
We believed that were fairly paying for a nice lunch and swim at the Langosta Beach Club, but instead – after having already ordered the expensive lunch – we were made to feel like interlopers for wanting to sit at a table in the shade and eat our food. The unpleasant, sourpuss expression on the woman’s face as she told us where we could and could not sit – like we were something nasty – made it feel all the more rude, too.
So, I’d skip the Langosta Beach Club if I were you.
Favorite Dish: The food I had was great - a tomato/avocado/mozzarella salad to die for. Maybe the nice French guys who run the restaurant will set up shop in a friendlier venue - I hope so!
This was a very nice (casual fine dining) type restaurant at a luxury hotel in Tamarindo. The food was excellent as well as the service. The hotel is located on a small hill at only 3 walking minutes from the beach. It features a magnificent view of the entire Tamarindo Bay, one of the best places to enjoy the magnificent sunsets of the Pacific Ocean!
Favorite Dish: I really loved the red snapper served costa brava style (the catch of the day with their house creamy sauce) Delicious! The salads were also very good.
Now in Tamarindo A private catering sevice!!
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