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Tortilla Flats Restaurant

Tortilla Flats Restaurant

Destination: Dominical

After a few hours on the beach under the Dominical sun with the salt of the ocean still on your lips there is nothing so refreshing as a cool drink and a bite to eat at Tortilla Flats.

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The bar and restaurant are open to the sea breeze as it rolls off the ocean and through the trees ruffling the colorful blankets for sale on the shady market dirt road that runs parallel to the beach. With its prime locale and well-established reputation, Tortilla Flats attracts locals and visitors alike with huge portions of surfer grub, ice-cold beers and creative cocktails like the passion fruit, basil margarita for $6.

For lunch, Tortilla Flats' extensive menu features North American and Costa Rican favorites. For traditional cuisine, try one of the massive plates of casado, $7, served with your choice of meat, red beans, rice, fried plantain and salad. Though, with fresh seafood so abundant it's hard to pass up the fish tacos, $9, with grilled mahi-mahi topped with shredded purple cabbage, pico de gallo and corn tortillas served on the side to make your own taco.

Happy hour runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with deals on frosty Imperial and Pilsen beer best enjoyed with a heaping plate of nachos  or thick strips of tender fried calamari, $7, served with a honey mustard sauce.

Look again to seafood for dinner, with either the Tuna de Force, market price, with wasabi cream; or our favorite, the Coconut Mahi, $13; crushed cornflake and coconut breaded mahi-mahi with a coconut rum reduction, mashed potatoes and salad.


No shirt, no shoes? Take a seat at the horse-shoe shaped bar beside everyone else or join your friends at one of the restaurant's many four-tops. Open air, decorated with surf regalia and accompanied by looped videos of big-wave surfers playing on the TVs over the bar.


Laid-back and friendly, bartenders have good tips on places to eat and the best surf spots.


Appetizers $4-$9; Entrees $3-$13


7 a.m. - 10 p.m.

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