El Ancla Beach Bar & Restaurant

  • 10 am - 10 pm
  • Tuesday to Sunday
  • Closed Monday
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Live Music
  • Credit Cards Accepted

El Ancla Beach Bar & Restaurant, The Anchor in English, is the best and most popular beachfront typical food restaurant in Samara. Serving the freshest seafood, daily specials and much, much more.

When in Samara visiting El Ancla and enjoying their beachfront location is a must. Sit back, relax watching the waves come in with amazing views of Isla Chora. The attentive staff will be at your service with drinks, snacks (Bocas) and full meals. Evenings are wonderful too with cooling tropical breezes and there is often live music.

On the menu, you will find many local dishes. Try the amazing and fresh Ceviche, Patacones or my favorite; Chifrijo (chi-fri-ho) a wonderful mix of spices, rice, veggies and meat served with chips for scooping. Yummy!

The main menu includes Whole grilled fish, seafood plates, casados, rice and meat plate, plus steaks, pasta options, and burgers.  There is always a daily special to please everyone.

El Ancla also has a full-service bar that can make the best margarita in Samara plus other favorites or an ice-cold beer while using the loungers on the beach while you wait for the sunset. Don’t forget to let your friends know to meet you at El Ancla for happy hour! When walking along the beach keep an eye out for the cocktail list post.

El Ancla is a family run business serving up an authentic Costa Rica experience, beachfront in Samara.  Stop in for some real Pura Vida!


Do you have a special occasion to celebrate?  Talk to El Ancla about hosting your event.

  • Beachfront
  • Typical Meals & Seafood
  • International Menu
  • Full Service Bar
  • Happy Hour
  • Beach Loungers
  • Live Music