Costa Rica Restaurants

  • San Clemente Bar & Grill
    San Clemente is one of the cooler-looking places to eat. A lot of effort has gone into creating not only a restaurant, but a place to hang out, with an easy going image and vibe. You can dine inside or out, or even choose to sit in half an old school bus built into the wall. The English-Spanish men
  • Boemios
    This is a smart international restaurant that offers tasty dishes at high prices. The menu has a range of offerings and the tablecloth covered wooden tables are laid out spaciously beside a large window, but there are more unique places in town to spend your money.
    Our New York style pizza is great, and so are our chicken wings - you can order them mild, medium, or suidcide! Also, our spare ribs are out of this world! Happy Hour is every day from 5-7 p.m.; get two cold Imperials for 1,000 Colones. Great atmosphere, and a friendly bilingual staff.
  • Restaurant Manzanillo
    Recently refurbished and located next to the hostel of the same name this is a roadside restaurant and there are nicer locations to dine. The food, however, is its main draw and there are a wide variety of seafood options available as the chef's specialty.
  • Restaurant Maxi
    This first-floor balcony restaurant overlooks the sea and gets packed with visitors at lunch but is more manageable at night. The menu offers a wide range of options and portions to suit varying pockets. The plates are plentiful and tasty and the atmosphere is good.
  • Zullymar
    Set in the pleasant round park area at the end of town this place is hidden away a little but it sits happily on the waterfront serving good sized plates of meat and fish until 10pm. Sit an sip on a drink or chow down on a plate of food, all the while listening to the sound of the waves lapping the
  • Las Lapas de Punta Banco Mini-Super
    Las Lapas has four small, clean cabinas above the store with shared bath, or two larger cabinas with private bath in back. Rooms can accommodate up to three people with either one matrimonial bed or a matrimonial and a twin. These cabins are nice, if unexciting, and are fan-cooled.
  • Escalafrio
    Indulging in simple favorites in a warm classic environment has universal appeal. Perhaps this is why Escalofrio is a favorite drop-in for many locals and tourists alike. Specializing in Italian pastas, pizzas and desserts, menus provide text in both English and Spanish, with a spot of Italian. Pizz
  • Monchados
    Monchados serves up Mexican, Caribbean, and seafood, with familiar favorites like nachos, burritos, and quesadillas, plus all the popular cocktails, and more. Eclectically styled, enjoy the Caribbean colors, the Mexican murals, saloon doors, and a bit of pop culture. Indoor seating is cool under the
  • Tortilla Flats
    Tortilla Flats is one of the inevitable “go to” spots on the beach front. If you don't wind up here for a meal, you might at least grab a drink. It's fairly small and can fill up reasonably easily which gives it the benefit of always being lively. Comfortable without trying too hard, ther
  • Arena y Sol Restaurant
    The comprehensive menu, which entices you from a billboard outside, features breakfast classics, pizzas, soups, rice dishes, desserts, salads, hamburgers, sandwiches, traditional Costa Rican meals and more. This is a great place to eat because you can use the internet while you're there, eat while y
  • Sargento Garcias Sports Bar with Papa's & Mama's Restaurant
    Opening for breakfast at 10 a.m. and serving free coffee all day, “Sargento's” is a place you'll often walk past and see ex-pats inside watching a sports match. Serving things like sandwiches, hot dogs, soup, meatloaf, all day breakfasts, plus local food, prices generally fall between $3 -
  • El Jardin del Mar
    “Garden of the Sea” is much cheaper than more touristy places nearby, but the food and location is just as sharp. Open air, on the corner behind the bus station and opposite Lynch Travel, it's a great spot to grab a full meal, quick bite, drink, snack, ice cream or chewing gum to go. Apar
  • Soda Sanchez
    Claiming to be â??the best soda in townâ? their reputation is upheld by the consistency and quality of their service. Part of Hotel Sanchez, they serve mostly Costa Rican food and you can get a belly-popping meal (try a casada) for about $5-$10. Western options are available, like the obligatory
  • Chicken Cafe
    Dine in or take away, this is a family restaurant that both locals and visitors enjoy. Serving a variety of pizzas, pastas, traditional and western food, the outside has somewhat of a franchised, fast-food look and feel (they also do delivery). However, it is locally owned and operated and pleasant
  • Totem Mediterraneo Restaurant
    Mediterraneo, pure Italian food.
  • Copacabana
    Think Cafe del Mar, Ibiza, and you are halfway to this place. Chilled out tunes and icy shakes make this the perfect place to watch the sun go down on Tamarindo beach. Crowds flock to this bar and the beach in front of it to see the orange ball descend so get there early to
  • Punta de Ecuentro
    If the sun is out then head down to this place for sundowners at the end of the day. The place is dark inside and plays some loud music at times but the view from the open deck over the water cannot be bettered.
  • El Dorado
    Enjoy international favorites or seafood specialties at this large, popular restaurant on the main strip. Try the lobster combo. Alternatively choose from Mexican specialties, burgers, seafood, vegetarian dishes or pizzas. Open from noon to 10 p.m. and show sports all day on a small screen above
  • Tex Mex
    Sit around the wooden open-air bar or at one of the tables 'round the back and enjoy delicious Mexican favorites. The newly-built restaurant opens early for coffee and breakfast in French, American, Mexican or Costa Rican-style and the Tex- Mex menu starts at 2 p.m. Well priced, popular and very tas
  • Elena Brown
    Not even 50 meters from the sea, this restaurant has a range of international dishes served in a large wooden terrace area with good music and a relaxed atmosphere. This popular international spot is on the way to Playa Cocles near many of the mid-priced cabins. There are pastas, salads and burgers,
  • Lidia's Place
    A few blocks back from El Parquecito, Lidia's Place is a relaxed local favorite. It has a warm atmosphere and good-value-for-money Caribbean food. Try the delicious homemade ginger beer. Seating is in two bright terraces areas, one smoking and one non. Accommodation also is available.
  • Restaurante Salsa Brava
    Salsa Brava is an ocean front grill ¨Mediterranean Creole fusion¨ with a hint of “Tex Mex", soaked in cool easy tropical ambiance and music. A visit to Salsa Brava is worth it for the kick of Creole cooking, the zany décor or the views of surfers riding the Salsa Brava Wave. It starts
  • Salsa Brava
    From the sea to the plate in about 15 meters. Specialties include the seafood grill for two people with lobster, jumbo shrimp, marlin and squid. An extensive wine list is also available with wines from Spain, France, Italy, Chile and Argentina. There is live music most weekends, look out for the fl
  • De Paso
    The fresh fish stal,l not 25 meters down the path, is a clear indication of the specialty dish at this quiet beachfront location. The seafood pasta is popular and there is also pizza, salads and veggie options. De Paso advertises good music and all-day happy hour with two cocktails for $5. Note the
  • Veronica's Place
    A little vegetarian's paradise that serves vegan, vegetarian and some raw dishes, Veronica makes her own meat substitute products. Such quality usually requires much deeper pocket-digging, but a main dish with drink on her terrace costs around $6. Follow the signs to her house up a lane behind El Pa
  • Tamara
    This place is a bit dark and dingy but if you want a bit of Caribbean atmosphere it is a good place. It has an expansive dining area which is decorated in Caribbean colors and the food is typical local. A bar above, Bar In and In, is a good spot to go after the meal.
  • Chile Rojo
    One of the most popular places in town, this small restaurant packs in the people like it packs in the atmosphere. If there is space then it is well worth cramming in because the plates are plentiful and the mood is great with cool music and ambient orange lighting.
  • Restaurant Patagonia
    If you are just dying to sink your teeth into a juicy steak nobody offers better than the Argentines. This place provides just that in a smart but small restaurant with neat tables and friendly service. Not the Caribbean vibe, but if you have had enough of that then this is a welcome break.
  • Cafe Rico
    Tucked away behind El Parquecito, this lovely café is surrounded by tropical plants and full of atmosphere. You'll feel instantly welcome going into the open, wooden café to order your (highly recommended) breakfast plate and freshly brewed coffee. Most popular is the "Ana Rosa," a special that i
  • Las Lapas Ice Cream Shop
    Delicious, popular, generously-portioned ice cream right on the beachfront with a view of the flawless Caribbean coastline in a perfect people-watching spot. Next door to Caribbean's organic coffee place. Open from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • The Mission
    Tasty meals, well-priced and popular, the mission is highly recommended by the residents. The picturesque beachfront view allows for good daydreaming and people-watching opportunities. Typical dishes of rice and beans, sandwiches and snacks are available, plus a wonderful range of coffee that comes
  • Peace and Love
    The Peace & Love cafe is run by some Italians who specialize in generously portioned, yet moderately priced, sandwiches, pizzas and tasty salads. This friendly establishment is 50 meters back from the bus stop and is surrounded by a balcony with tables that fills with the smell of freshly baked bre
  • Marisqueria La Cubanita
    Specializing in sea food, this little Cuban restaurant is known among locals for fresh, affordable, generous meals. If there's a little wait for your order, it's because they're getting it right the first time. The room is plain but the tables are clean and smart. Pay around $2 to $4 for an appetize
  • Marlintinis Restaurant & Bar
    Marlintinis Restaurant and Bar nestled into the Rainforest in Manuel Antonio offers guests the ultimate Dining Experience in Manuel Antonio. Marlintinis offers an extensive Martini List, a complete wine list to compliment any of the fabulous Fresh Seafood Selections and USDA Grade Steak, and Chop se
  • Café Ruisenor
    Diners can enjoy a leisurely meal at this upscale restaurant that is not far from the hectic pace of the San Pedro Mall, but a world away in terms of atmosphere. With ample outdoor seating and an international menu, you may imagine you're dining in a chic European café. If you crave Costa Rican dis
  • L'lle de France
    This well loved restaurant specializes in classical (and pricey) French cuisine. Located in the Hotel Bergerac in Los Yoses, the menu draws locals and travelers alike looking for an elegant dining experience. The restaurant has an extensive menu with such specialties as rabbit, and a wine list . Its
  • Samoa del Sur
    The Samoa del Sur restaurant and bar has an elegant dockside motif, with dark wood tables and chairs, accented by blue and white table clothes. Blue vinyl booths positioned beneath a large, continuous glass window skirt the perimeter, while white and orange life savers hang from posts around the re
  • Cafe Delicias
    Café Delicias is the home of comfort food like cakes, cookies and scones. A selection of coffee drinks from the â??café-barâ? sell from about $1.50 to $4. The warm and clean café is open for breakfast at 7 a.m. and you can grab a breakfast combo for about $4-$5 which can include options such
  • Buenos Dias
    This U.S.-style diner serves breakfast from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. - everything from pancakes to hashbrowns - in addition to lunch and dinner foods such as burgers, burritos and traditional meat and fish dishes. Park yourself in one of the red and yellow booths and watch people pass outside the long fron
  • La Piña
    With wine bottle candles, heavy wood tables and red and yellow paper lanterns providing low, warm light, this open-air Italian restaurant has a relaxed, romantic atmosphere. The menu may be limited to what´s on hand, and the restaurant is ill-equipped to handle large groups, but these authentic d
  • Il Pomodoro
    Looking for a little comfort food? You'll find it at this moderately priced, family friendly restaurant. Serving a variety of wood fired pizzas and pastas has made Il Pomodoro a local favorite. Vegetarians will even find a few selections on the menu. Enjoy your meal with a glass of the house wine or
  • Café Giratablas
    Vegetarians will applaud this tiny restaurant specializing in vegetarian Indian food. Located on the outskirts of Los Yoses, and connected to the Teatro Giratablas, this restaurant takes a little effort to get to, but your effort will be rewarded. The restaurant's bohemian atmosphere - colorful fabr
  • Soda Mar y Bosque
    At Soda Mar you can relax at one of the four bamboo tables that are located on a deck and surrounded by lush, tropical forest. The deck also has a soothing view of the ocean beyond. This simple but enchanting restaurant is a fine place for a full pancake breakfast, a steak dinner, or just for a frui
  • Barba Roja
    From the outside, people line up, patiently waiting to get in. Party-goers on the way out stumble past the diligent line, sweaty, still jingling to the music, slightly jolly. Men are charged $10 to get in, and women only $2... A slippery tactic and you get some free drink coupons. If you hit the dan
  • Tree House Café
    Upstairs above the cafe of the same name, this is a great spot to splash out on something a little different. There is a tree growing right through the middle of the restaurant (both floors) and the layout creates a cozy feel. Food is fantastic and specialty options, although pricy, offer good value
  • Morpho's
    This is a very popular place and you cannot reserve so expect a wait. The food is pricey but worth it, burgers are fantastic, service is good and the atmosphere is buzzing. There is a butterfly theme with many big ones hanging from the ceiling and it is one of the nicer places in town.
  • Restaurant Frigideira Brazil
    Housed on the first floor of the Hotel Casa Las Orquideas, this Brazilian restaurant offers diners a different take on the rice and beans theme. With entrees between $3-5 and colorful murals on the walls depicting Brazilian life, this midrange restaurant gives you an inexpensive trip to Brazil. Newc
  • El Candil
    Rich red walls, fruit themed tablecloths and delicious traditional Costa Rican cuisine transport you to the countryside. El Candil is close to the University of Costa Rica and is known by students and professionals alike for providing value friendly meals. Most meals come with soup, plantains, two t
  • Pizza Pronto
    This serene restaurant is in a lovely old white building with some tables inside and others set around a fountain in an outside courtyard. Pizzas are a good size and come with a range of toppings, all cooked right in front of you in the wood-fired pizza oven. The pasta carbonara is a gem. Service is
  • Morazan

    This small place located on the side of a downtown park offers a pleasant atmosphere. It has small wooden tables and a long bar running through the room and although it looks dark it is certainly not dingy. The standard fare of meat and fish is on offer at reasonable prices.

  • Bay Bambu Bar & Restaurant
    The large circular bar in the middle of Bay Bambu is perfect for drinking, socializing and people watching. You can also use a table along the wall for a meal. Owned by an American, Bay Bambu usually has classic rock music playing in the background. A mixture of traditional and western food is avail
  • La Luna & Amber Lounge
    Part of the luxury resort Gaia, these relaxing dining facilities preside over 360° views, and are designed to cater to the best of the best, meeting your requirements before you've even thought of them. The local and international menu includes everything from happy hour tapas for under $5, to sa
  • Tu-Lú Restaurant
    This Italian Restaurant, which stocks 90 different wines from all around the world, is decorated with dark wood, warm colors and indigenous art. Tu-Lú features traditional Italian menu options like pizza (locals say it is some of the best in Dominical) and pasta, as well as traditional Costa Rican
  • Restaurant Summary
    There is not a huge number of places to eat here, but the bistros available are satisfactory with international influences. Guests of Bahari Beach Bungalows and Dreamy Contentment are encouraged to dine at the Bahari Bar & Restaurant, as it is open for clients only. There are more places away from t
  • Vista del Mar
    A great place to chill out, this open-air restaurant provides shaded dining, a big TV and stereo, some books and tour brochures. In the center of town (if you can call it that), located by the mini-super and pay phones, it's a reasonable place to meet for food and a beer. Sandwiches go for about $3-
  • Restaurant Summary
    For typical Costa Rican food, there are many small cheap sodas throughout Quepos, with several behind the bus station. Casadas are popular dishes sold in most places: a large carbohydrate-heavy plate of things like beans, rice, water squash, plantain, avocado, and some kind of meat or fishâ?¦ a so
  • Maracatu
    Maracatu specializes in natural tropical food with the owners taking steps to ensure their ingredients are locally produced, organic, and sustainably farmed. Menu options include fresh organic salads, traditional Caribbean dishes (ingredients may include beans, rice, coconut, ginger, meat), seafood
  • Wachacha
    With its red, green and yellow color scheme, Wachacha exudes a definite Caribbean atmosphere. If there is any further doubt about the theme, the 7x10 foot oil painting of Bob Marley should set you straight (there is information about the mural and it's artist at Wacha
  • Kapi Kapi
    Food with a great reputation, the artfully designed recipes are designed to enhance only the freshest meats and fish. The ambience of the open air dining room is naturally relaxing, softly lit, with warm textures. Depending on the time of year, the restaurant is either open daily for dinner from 4 p
  • Dominical Sushi Restaurant
    Although the Dominical Sushi Restaurant is small on the inside, air conditioning keeps the room comfortable and you can also sit at a table outside (the outdoor seating is just to the side of the restaurant entrance. There is only one table). Candles in stained glass lanterns, which sit on the woode
  • Roca Verde
    Roca Verde is a bright restaurant that's open to the fresh air, even though seating is indoors. The restaurant is right by the sea, so if you catch a fish during the day and want it cooked, bring it to the Roca Verde chefs. The restaurant doubles as a community hall and can accommodate the largest g
  • Pizz'n Love
    This is a fun, and very popular French-owned restaurant, right in the center of Cahuita. Pizza is what they do best, although other dishes are available including chicken plates and excellent pasta from $7 to $8. Choose from fondly-named pizzas such as a Janis Joplin, an Elvis Priestly, or the popu
  • Restaurant and Bar Jade Mar
    Jade Mar is the largest and most sophisticated restaurant in Agujitas, with a covered, open-air dining room and a full bar at the back. The establishment also offers the most diverse selection of dishes in Drake, including a few vegetarian options, and even has a big-screen TV if you want to catch a
  • Pizzeria Skylyn
    At Pizzeria Skylym half of the pizzeria is taken up by the kitchen - counter tops are piled high with pizza boxes and pans of every size are spread with dough that's ready to be baked into pies. There is still plenty of room for customers, at several wooden booths. Standard toppings are available fo

  • Las Vegas
    Las Vegas has a little bit of everything - food, gifts, tours, internet, cigarettes, liquor and wine. They also have a public restroom, which always comes in handy. The menu is about as eclectic as the place itself, with everything from curried shrimp and spaghetti carbonara, to pizza, ribs, burgers
  • Palenque Luisa
    This popular restaurant on the main street is highly recommended by locals for their good, inexpensive traditional dishes. Almost all of the main courses are priced between $5 and $7 and there is a good selection of pasta, fish, vegetarian and meat dishes. Seafood lovers can Chow down on the delicio
  • Soda Johanna's
    After working up an appetite at the beach, pop in to Soda Johanna's, where they serve typical Caribbean dishes and snacks at very affordable prices. A filling chicken casado dish of rice and beans will only set you back about $5, or enjoy fresh fish fillets for $7-8. Salads, sandwiches and hamburge
  • Café Río Negro
    Enjoy sandwiches and salads, Dutch pancakes, burgers and snacks all for $3 to $6 in this small local café. The European-style dishes are all available without meat for vegetarians and are homemade with fresh ingredients. Not just a popular place to eat, Café Rio Negro is also a central point for
  • La Deliciosa
    Just the décor of this ice cream parlor is enough to get you in the mood for some sweet treats - frosting-colored walls hung with pictures of scrumptious desserts surround a white tile floor with clean glass tables and wrought-iron chairs. Ice cream bars or sundays cost about $3, while a regular co
  • Roberto's
    Lobster is one of the delicacies in Roberto's outdoor fish restaurant, along with a large selection of other dishes from the sea. Seafood and fish plates are all prepared according to original Caribbean recipes, and prices are quite modest. The lobster is very popular, with prices at anything from $

  • El Sol Del Caribe
    This popular Argentine pizzeria-bar-restaurant has a warm, relaxed atmosphere as well as great food. Eat at carved wood tables with sand under your feet while enjoying the view of the Caribbean coast. Turn up on a Wednesday night for all-you-can-eat pizza for $7 and live music. Also on the menu are
  • Soda Lili
    Sodas are normally a common sight in any town, but in Cahuita there are surprisingly few. Soda Lili, where “you pay like you're poor but eat like you're rich,” serves traditional Caribbean food, salads, and burger and chips combos. Most popular is “Gallo Pinto,” the filling Costa
  • La Pecora Nera
    Well known as one of the best restaurants in the area, La Pecora Nera is a great place to treat yourself. Their ever-changing menu has a delicious selection of home-made pasta, pizza, fish and vegetarian delicacies. Try the wonderful shrimp-filled pumpkin ravioli with sage and butter sauce, $11, or
  • Gaviota de Osa
    This hotel has clean, sparse, wood-paneled cabinas with cold showers. Rooms are available with twin and/or matrimonial beds and can fit up to four people. Like most hotels in Sierpe, this one is set on the river, and like most hotels in Sierpe, it also doubles as a tour operator, offering the standa
  • Choco Latte 100% Natural
    This Swedish-owned café is known for home baking, fresh coffee and excellent breakfasts. Try Annette's delicious cookies, pastries, cakes and daily-baked fresh bread. Open from 6.30am to 2pm, breakfast is served until 11am, and will be popular with those needing a break from rice and beans. Breakfa
  • FishHook Marina and Lodge
    This deck-style restaurant is situated right on the Golfo Dulce - in fact it's practically part of the dock. The menu is seafood-focused but spans a variety of continental dishes, such as chicken curry and steak sureno (basically steak parmagiana in a white wine sauce). Salads, sandwiches and bar sn
  • Vista Del Mar
    Low prices and well sized portions make this a popular place for both local Ticos and tourists alike. Essentially a Chinese restaurant, tourists enjoy the typical soups and noodle plates priced at a modest $5. For the same price there is a selection of chicken dishes, which tend to be popular with t
  • El Cevichito
    Sitting on the side of the town's main pedestrian walkway lies this top spot for food. In a town with few options this place offers good tasty cooking even if you are limited to what they have in the fridge. Dishes are filling and good value and the outdoor dining tables are very pleasant. The music
  • Bread and Chocolate
    Named after the two things it does best, Bread and Chocolate is popular with ex-pats and tourists looking for something bit more like home. They serve up a great selection of sandwiches, snacks and excellent breakfasts, including fried eggs and cheese on wholegrain bagels, with bacon and sautéed po
  • Restaurant Nicoya
    This restaurant has one thing that few other Chinese restaurants in Nicoya do; atmosphere. The room is decorated in deep reds and golds with Chinese-style décor. The lighting is perfectly dimmed, and there's a general feeling of merriment in fellow diners. It has a variety of options and more
  • Musanni Bakery
    There are a number of wonderful bakeries in Nicoya but none have so many options, or are as nice, as this one. Upon entering, the popular Costa Rican chain grab a metal tray, a pair of tongs and load up. The prices are so good, most everything is around a dollar, you'll find yourself buying mo
  • Restaurante Pizza A La Lena
    This Italian themed restaurant, and heladería, is a relaxing spot along the main road. It serves up all of your favorite Italian fare, including pizzas, pastas, salads and mouthwatering crepes as well. The two outdoor tables are more personable, but the food is good no matter where you sit. I
  • La Princesa Marina
    La Princesa Marina-Alajuela As a chain restaurant, La Princesa Marina has four locations in the greater San Jose area. One of their best digs is in Alajuela. A lazy-feeling place with not a whole lot of décor, you will find simple tables and chairs, planters dividing eating areas to give some sen
  • Café Daniela
    Right next door to Café Nicoya, this restaurant is an excellent choice for accommodating different palettes and picky eaters. Its menu is huge and cheap, most everything is under five dollars. The breakfast menu has traditional gallo pinto as well as omelets and a number of other American-sty
  • Café D'melon
    Although you're actually indoors its brightly colored faux outdoor patio might trick you into thinking otherwise. Café D'Melon has truly captured the essence of café, offering espresso drinks, paninis and even biscotti. It mixes these tasty Parisian offerings with typical Costa Rican fare li
  • Soda Guanafrut
    If you don't want to stray too far from the main square to find something to eat then Soda Guanafrut might just be what you need. This local, low-key restaurant serves casados, arroz con pollo, and carne y salsa f
  • Soda La Central
    This rough and ready local place is ideal for a cheap meal but its main selling points are the delicious and cheap milkshakes, made with fresh fruit- try the popular blackberry option. Breakfasts are good with scrambled eggs and ham and dinners are the typical rice and beans with meat or fish option
  • Cafe Cuzuco
    Tucked away on a sidestreet this place looks from the outside like it only does breakfasts, but don't be fooled. The menu is interesting, with tasty options including chicken with mango or passionfruit sauce, and the salads are very big and very good value for money. The decor is funky, with interes
  • Stella's Bakery
    This quiet enclave is the perfect place to stop for a lunch of deli sandwiches, baked goods and a refreshing Coca-Cola served right from a glass bottle. Its log cabin facade gives way to an interior decked with local artwork and rich green foliage. The bakery case beckons to visitors with a displa
  • Paso Real
    This plush restaurant is on the corner of the main square and has inside dining or a balcony that runs right the way around the outside. Food is tasty, and the fish comes with an array of sauces. The service is friendly and attentive but the prices are a little high.
  • Panaderia Santa Clara
    Not, strictly speaking, a restaurant, but just try walking past the Panadería Santa Clara without succumbing to the delicious scent of fresh bread wafting across the square. Grab a sandwich or an empanada here for less than a dollar, and polish it off with a sweet pastry or dessert. Just opposite
  • El Milenio
    Ticos love Chinese food, and Santa Cruz has a good selection of Asian restaurants. One of the best in terms of value for money is El Milenio, which serves a mixture of Costa Rican-influenced Asian dishes. All the standard Chinese fare is available here, in addition to sandwiches, soups and salads,
  • Tia's Garden
    A tasty vegetarian restaurant featuring locally grown ingredients, Tia's Garden is run by a family from Alabama. The restaurant has three outdoor tables on the porch of the house. Weekend specials include Indian and Thai food and during the week fresh soups, salads, veggie burgers and a variety of
  • Soda Luz
    Delicious casados (mixed plates with beans, rice, salad and meat), feature a variety of local beef, yucca, plantains, homemade chili sauce and blackberry shakes. Well known for good value by both locals and tourists alike, Soda Luz is known for its quality Costa Rican cuisine. It is open for break
  • Wild Ginger
    Touted as one of the best eats in town, Wild Ginger's small menu stresses quality over quantity. Start off with crispy plantain baskets or guacamole, then try the Caribbean chili, ginger chicken salad or filet mignon in tamarind sauce for a filling meal. Delicious hamburgers are also available for
  • El Loco Natural
    Upstairs in this busy roofed open-air restaurant you can eat some of the best prepared fish on Costa Rica's Carribean coast. Service is slow but if you like your food with a sauce then this is the place to go. It offers chicken, vegetable or fish with really tasty sauces like Jamaican jerk, Thai pea
  • Soda Taito
    If you've got a big appetite and a small wallet, go to Soda Taitos. It seats about a dozen people, which is the same number of Taito's family members you'll see chatting next door. This basic little café has charm and tasty, satisfying meals. Typical breakfast (rice and beans, two fried eggs and h
  • EZ Times
    As the name may suggest, EZ times is a relaxing and comfortable place to enjoy good music while sharing a stone-oven-baked pizza with friends. Prices are not for those on a tight budget, but the food is great, and a large pizza ($5-8) can easily be shared between two. Also on offer are various pasta
  • Soda Isma
    A very cheap and popular favorite, Soda Isma is as close to being invited in for dinner as you can get: the dining room is Isma's front porch! Patrons enjoy Caribbean traditional favorites such as rice and beans combos with meat or vegetables (casados) from 2000 colones, or the traditional filling b
  • La Casona Restaurant
    Right next door to Miriam I, this venue offers similar food in a more pleasant setting. Flickering candle lights shine up diners sitting at the tables on a sandy floor under the straw roof. Coconut chicken and a popular heart of palm lasagna are good options on a relatively limited menu but the ambi
  • Restaurant Miriam II
    This is the sister restaurant of Miriam I and although it serves the same options it is not as nice a setting as the main restaurant. It is an easy option if you are staying at the cabins right on site but otherwise the main restaurant is the better choice.
  • La Garza Bar and Restaurant
    Set on the northwest corner of the central park, La Garza is a good place to escape the noisy Turrialba streets or watch a soccer match. The restaurant specializes in seafood, though serves up typical Costa Rican dishes for $3.00 and hamburgers for $2.00. A full bar and snack menu are also availab
  • Wagelia Bar and Restaurant
    It has an extensive menu including a variety of soups, salads, seafood, kebabs, meat cuts, pastas, children's menus and more. The Wagelia Bar and Restaurant is the best option for fancier dining within the city. In front of the Wagelia Hotel, the restaurant has plenty of indoor and outdoor sitting,
  • Restaurant La Castellana
    Open 24 hours, La Castellana is the place for a filling breakfast in Turrialba. There is a full bakery with whole grain breads, pancakes, omelets and a variety of coffee, teas and natural juices. Located one block west of the central park, the sitting area is small. La Castellana is a great budge
  • Restaurant Amapola
    Amapola is a peaceful and secluded restaurant, with a view of the ocean and of the surrounding garden foliage. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available. There is no set menu, but you can choose from a selection of typical meat and rice or fish dishes. Amapola is a fine place, but if you have to
  • Restaurant Miriam I
    This cozy place filled with square wooden tables is beside the beach (although with limited views) and offers the usual food found in most restaurants in town. It packs in the people for popular dishes like coconut chicken and fresh fish and there is plenty of atmosphere as many of the diners come f
  • La Fuente
    This is one of the most buzzing spots in the town. There is a good atmosphere with a varied crowd and the place has low lighting, making it a cross between bar and restaurant. There are plenty of Chinese options from the Chinese owners but there is also a full menu of all the usual types of availabl
  • Restaurante La Puerta Negra
    La Puerta Negra prepares fresh, authentic Italian dishes such as golden-fried calamari and homemade gnocchi and tortellini, served beneath a rustic, wood pavilion surrounded by garden foliage. Order a glass of Italian wine ($3) to heighten the romance and enjoy your meal to the murmur of the sea.
  • Restaurante La Moderna
    Although the atmosphere leaves something to be desired, La Moderna is the place go for a variety of reliably good dishes at reasonable prices. In addition to beef, chicken, seafood, pasta, rice, fast foods and desserts, this place also makes excellent pizzas. The restaurant has a full bar, a big-scr

  • El Colibri
    Carnivores will love this Argentine Steak House, which has been a local hotspot in Playa Carrillo for over five years. El Colibrí is a family-run establishment and its friendly, relaxed atmosphere reflects this. The emphasis is firmly placed on delicious cuts of meat - be it a New York-style T-bon

  • Il Vino
    The fact that the owner of this Italian wine bar/restaurant is a chef from Verona certainly lends Al Vino a foreign authenticity not often found in tourist hot spots like Sámara. With a focus on good simple food made entirely from imported Italian produce and an easy-going, sophisticated ambience,
  • La Vela Latina
    Once you've sat in one of their leather rocking chairs, you'll find it almost impossible to get up. Luckily the beach view, food and drinks are just as satisfying as the seats, and the prices won't break the bank. There are some great healthy options, especially in the “make-your-own-sala
  • El Jardin Marinero
    What this restaurant lacks in atmosphere it makes up for with the quality of food, a mixture of local classics and American staples both served up in huge portions. A good budget option, Jardin Marinero also has a great collection of lighter lunches and sandwiches and is always busy even in the low
  • Sheriff Rustic
    Right on the beach, this soda restaurant is the perfect place to fill up after a hard morning hitting the waves. The menu is a mixture of Tico and American cuisine and offers classics such as arroz con pollo and several fresh seafood dishes in addition to
  • Soda La Plaza
    Situated just across from the soccer field, this low-key soda is the best place in Playa Carrillo to fill your belly with local food. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Soda La Plaza serves up healthy sized portions of Tico specialities such as arroz con po
  • Hula Jungla
    As the name suggests, this themed restaurant has a jungle vibe running right through it, from its thatched hut-style exterior to its exotic cocktail menu. The food, though, is definitively un-exotic; the menu offers pizzas, hamburgers and at least six different types of burger. That's not to say th

  • La Luna
    This beachfront restaurant in Playa Pelada is the most romantic place in town to watch the sunset, and is regularly packed in high season. The contemporary Mediterranean cuisine is renowned for being the best for miles and excellent value for money considering La Luna's location. If you're not hung
  • Olga's
    Olga's has been serving up good local food for over 35 years now and it's easy to see how. This unassuming beach shack-style bar and restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers the usual local fare of gallo pintos and typical bar snacks, but stopping here is a must regardless of whether you eat. Run by Paul and his two daughters, La Banana has secured its reputation for late-night fun. The décor is sophisticated ye
  • Sharky's
    This wildly popular American-run sports bar is where everyone heads to watch the games. It has five different TVs showing everything from football to basketball to tennis. It's one of the only bars in town to have a premium cable sports package. Serving up typical bar snacks like nachos and wi
  • Café Kracovia
    The sight of several of diet-busting desserts greets you in this popular San Pedro café. In addition to desserts, Café Kracovia serves healthier, but no less tasty, options such as salads, sandwiches and crepes. This four-story restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and average meals cost b
  • Vyrus, Centro Commercial Cocori
    This place is one of the disco/bars that rock into the night in the Los Yoses area. Small on the ground floor the bar opens out upstairs to reveal a dancefloor and large seating areas both indoors and out on the balcony. Drinks are expensive but if you fancy a boogie to 70's and 80's tunes then try
  • Bobby D's
    Priding themselves on their tiny two-lane tenpin bowling alley, Boddy D's Family Restaurant serves affordable classic American food like burgers, fries, potato with gravy and hot dogs. Recently added to the menu is a 24-inch “party pizza” and alcoholic drinks are also available. Open 7-day
  • Soda La Parada
    This fantastic little local place is open 24 hours so is a perfect spot to head after the hot springs close at 10. Although the open-air café-diner style surroundings do not look that inviding the food is cheap and tasty. Leave space for dessert, though, because the banana splits are so, so good.
  • La Choza de Laurel
    La Choza de Laurel in La Fortuna has an international reputation as one of the best resturants in Central America. Designed to suggest a traditional indegenous habitat, La Choza de Laurel offers the best in traditional cuisine, such as patacones con queso y frijoles (fried plaintains with c
  • Escalofrio
    To indulge in simple favourites in a warm classic environment has universal appeal. Perhaps this is why Escalofrio is a favourite drop-in for many locals and tourists alike. Authentic Italian pastas, pizzas, desserts, and more ensure Escalofrio in central Quepos has no substitute. Menus provide tex
  • Bar and Restaurant Interamericano
    The Interamericano has a casual, saloon-like atmosphere with simple, nationalist décor and a comfortable outdoor patio. The menu offers a variety of reasonably-priced meat, seafood and pasta dishes, as well as â??caprichitos,â? which are like bar snacks. Some staff members are bilingual.
  • Bar Rio
    This relaxed and friendly modern bar/restaurant is located in one of the town's popular nightspots. It has plenty of tables and offers big plates of food but the best choice is a selection of the very, very tasty Mexican tapas dishes including a Costa Rican special of chicken with tomato an
  • Nuestra Tierra
    If you can tolerate, or even enjoy, traditional dance shows then head to this place to sample some of place country-region Costa Rica country-region place's traditional dishes. Food comes served on banana leaves and the restaurant is well decorated with bananas bunches and rustic trolleys at the ent
  • Musmanni Bread
    This bakery mainly sells pastries, such as strudels donuts, and cakes, although savory breads are also available. You can pick out your own items - just grab a basket and tongs from the corner and pull your pastries out of the display cases. There is also a refrigerator full of cold juices and other
  • Robin's
    This French-owned ice cream parlor is a permanent hot-spot in town, particularly in high season. Owner Robin makes every single flavor herself and also offers a great variety of milkshakes, sorbets, and salads. However, this is Nosara, so if you're counting the calories, there are plenty of delicio
  • Cafe De Paris
    Café de Paris is a hotel and, coincidentally, the best French bakery in Nosara. Fresh croissants, baguettes, sandwiches, pies and cakes are dished up on a daily basis, and the adjacent restaurant offers a tantalising fusion of French and Tico cuisine. Treat yourself to something sweet; the pastrie
  • Blue Morpho Grille and Lounge
    The Blue Morpho is a two-story restaurant and bar that forms part of the Castillo de Pavones hotel. The interior is an elegant combination of hardwood and stone, and ample outdoor seating provides a stunning view over the rainforest canopy and ocean beyond. The restaurant serves a selection of inter
  • Bar Restaurante Esquina del Mar
    Referred to by locals as the â??cantina,â? this restaurant also serves as a mini tourist center, offering four computers with internet access-a little over a dollar an hour- and a small gift shop with artisan crafts and beach wear. The restaurant serves breakfast lunch and dinner and offers a b
  • Soda Mar y Luna
    Located right next to the school, Mar y Luna is a good place to get a filling meal without breaking the bank. Typical food is served here - pinto, casados, rice and meat dishes, plus fruit shakes and snacks. This three-table soda has little in the way of ambiance, and service is indifferent at best,
  • Restaurante Los Loritos
    This is one of several places in town where you can go for solid, traditional food. Los Loritos serves up pintos, fast food items like burgers, casados, rice dishes and ceviches. It also offers hot drinks - tea, coffee, hot cocoa - and batidas. This open-air soda-style restaurant is big enough to ac
  • Restaurante Los Almendros
    This bar and restaurant between Punta Banco and Pavones mainly serves ceviches and other seafood dishes, and it is very much a locals' place. Heavy wooden tables are set on an open, covered patio with plenty of space for groups. A small ceviche costs a little over $3. You can also buy packaged snack
  • Sussy Bar
    Also known locally as “Manolo,” this bar and restaurant is the oldest establishment in Zancudo aside from El Coquito, and it continues to be a favorite spot among residents. The atmosphere is warm and lively - maybe the brightly painted yellow and blue furniture helps - and it's a great sp
  • Soly y Mar
    Sol y Mar has great food and an excellent atmosphere. It caters mostly to expats and foreigners, serving an array of dishes from veggie club sandwiches to beef in brandy cream sauce. The set up is typical thatched roof with heavy wooden tables and a bar in the center, but mobiles and colorful sarong
  • Bar Restaurante La Plaza
    Also known as Doña Dora's, this lively soda and bar serves up traditional Costa Rican dishes, as well as foods that you might find more traditional, such as sandwiches, burgers and pancakes. They also offer half portions if you're looking for a light meal. Sometimes you will see a half-domesticated
  • Soul-Surf Cafe
    Soul-Surf is a small beach café that serves simple, delicious food--things like BBQ chicken or blackened fish sandwiches, burritos and fish tacos. The restaurant is bar-style, with two long wooden benches connected at the corner. Decorative paper lanterns patterned with the Costa Rican flag give t
  • Pizza Express Markaphia
    Enjoy excellent, fresh-made pizzas on the covered cement patio or have them brought to your doorstep. Pizza Express offers pies size personal to large, as well as calzones, pastas and lasagne. It has a disappointing view of the landing strip, but the patio area has some ferns and tropical plants gro
  • Soda el Parqueo
    This is a typical little soda, conveniently located near the entrance to town. It offers different kinds of empanandas - including plain bean for vegetarians - gallo pinto with or without a side of meat, tamales, tortillas, eggs with chorizo, plus coffee, soda, juice, desserts and snacks. There is o
  • Panificadora Super Pan
    Here you will find fresh bread and pastries, including U.S.-style donuts, that you can smell a mile away. A good place to grab a quick breakfast or snack. Between the internet place and the MegaSuper grocery store.
  • Bar y Restaurante Carolina
    This large, open-air restaurant is a reliable standby for good, low-cost food. Located right on the main drag, Carolina is open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering an array of dishes from pancakes and toast to pasta, ceviche and burgers. The restaurant occupies a clean, comfortable s
  • Sarpes
    Sarpes is an upscale but casual seafood restaurant with mouth-watering menu items such as grilled, marinated tuna with garlic and ginger, and angel-hair pasta with clams in red wine sauce. The polished wood interior is decked out with sea-themed art, photos and other paraphernalia, and a large octop
  • Juanitas
    This festive cantina offers Mexican-style dishes like enchiladas, nachos and chiles rellenos, as well as seafood, burgers and the typical casados. Entrees run around $4-$6, although seafood platters are significantly more - in the realm of $10-$16 a plate. Juanitas, beside Cafenet El Sol, has a full
  • Corcovado Sea Food
    This is your typical chill-out beach bar and seafood restaurant. You can hear the reggae music from the shore. Stop in here for a cold beer or an ice cream and watch the gulf - or the game. Besides its long list of standard entrees, Corcovado also offers a selection of tasty â??bocasâ? - small m
  • Cafe la Onda
    This American-style cafe will be of prime interest to serious coffee drinkers - it's the only place for miles where you can get real espresso and mixed espresso drinks like frappuccinos and mochas. Another unique specialty here is fresh bagel sandwiches. This cool cafe also has a movie night once a
  • No-Name Soda
    This soda located below Cabinas Raquel is one of the few places in town where you can grab a bite to eat. The food is hearty, well-flavored, typical Costa Rican fare. Lunch and dinner run about $5. Fresh fish is the specialty here. Open from about 8a.m. to 8p.m.
  • Cafe Nari
    This cozy little restaurant is perfect for anyone looking for simple heart-warming Italian food and a peaceful ambience. There are no ocean views here but it doesn't matter - you'll be too distracted watching the chef cook up your pasta dish in the middle of the restaurant to notice. As well as the
  • Nectar
    This open-air restaurant serves up elegant and creative local and international cuisine with a Pacific/Asian flair. Tables line a nice stretch of beach and the tempting pool of the Flor Blanca Resort. Pretty plates and impeccable service, waiters don't seem to be on the same Tico time common in many
  • Soda Piedra Mar
    For simple fare overlooking the sea. The place isn't much to look at, but the plates are plentiful and the seafood fresh. A lovely spot to watch the sunset or dine under the stars on the beach on a dry night.
  • Grew
    Great meals, great service, very friendly...
  • Platin-Ta
    Plantin-Ta is a hidden gem in Santa Teresa. It doesn't look like much, the two picnic tables behind an restaurant front would be easy to miss. When we saw the tapas menu and the chef began describing some of the tapas specials for the night we quickly gave him free reign on our dinner....and asked h
  • Bar Y Restaurant Junquillal
    This bar and restaurant is all about location, location, location. It is the only beachside restaurant in town and the ideal spot to take in the beauty of this pristine beach. It is also where the local bus stops, so grab a burger and a beer while you wait. Its simple everyday food is standar
  • Azucar Restaurant
    Fresh and natural food. Light lunch such as sandwiches, salads and typical casados. At night, the Cuban chef trained in a trendy restaurant in London (UK) offers a more refined meal, fresh fish filets with avocado or coconut & curry sauce, grilled meat and delicious French desserts such as chocolat
  • Meli Melo
    This is our favorite restaurant in Costa Rica. It's got a wonderful, cosy atmosphere and the food is spectacular without being pretentious. We had jumbo shrimps and a duo of fish with a secret French sauce. We recommend this place to all travelers.
  • Matapalo
    The food is delicious, but it's the intimate atmosphere that puts this restaurant over the top. It serves up international cuisine right on the beach, offering seafood, chicken, steaks and, if you're really feeling decadent, lobster entrées are worth the splurge. In the high season, it has th
  • Wok N' Roll
    The extensive menu here highlights cuisine from all over Asia. Sushi, Pad Thai, Woks, Be Bim Bop, fried rice and salads are all offered in large, delicious portions. It also has the most vegetarian options in town; almost all of its dishes can be made with veggies or tofu. You'll probably find
  • El Sabor De La Vida
    El Sabor de la Vida is a low-key, local soda joint which serves up typical Costa Rican dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. At around $5 for a casado (a general term for a portion of meat, rice, vegetables, salad and fried beans) this is one of the chea
  • Pizzeria La Baula
    The fact that this place is hidden up a dirt track hasn't done it any harm; it is one of the most popular restaurants in Tamarindo and manages to pull the crowds even in low season. Beautifully lit and decorated, La Baula has an earthy, laid-back atmosphere and the best pizzas in town - all for und
  • Fts
    One hop from the beach, this restaurant bar has been providing simple but delicious grub to locals and travelers alike for years. If it's been a hard morning battling the waves - or you're just struggling after a heavy night in Sharky's - then head down for breakfast, served between 7 - 11am. You c
  • El Mirador
    Its location over the supermarket Supercompro may not sound overly classy, but El Mirador has some of the loveliest panoramic sunset views in the whole of Tamarindo, and divine food to boot. The menu is best described as ‘world cuisine', offering everything from filet mignon and sea bass to la
  • Longboards Bbq

    This recently opened restaurant has hit the ground running in the view of local town folk. A takeoff of Texas style BBQ, slow cooked for as long as 20 hours in a wood-burning indirect heat BBQ, the tender, juicy meat with mouthwatering flavors will have you coming back for more! P
  • Longboards
    This American-owned authentic BBQ joint serves delicious brisket, pulled pork, chicken and fish done sandwich or platter style. If you're not a fan of meat, it has tacos with smoked or grilled fish or just veggies. Pork ribs and wings two ways (smoked or buffalo) round out the menu. Since arr
  • Eat At Joe's
    This lively restaurant in the center of Witch's Rock Surf Camp opens onto the beach and has an endless parade of surfers passing through. Its tasty sushi rolls are double the typical portion size and the nachos are, as promised, “as big as your ass.” At happy hour, a number of drinks
  • Pura Vida Heladería
    You can find smoothies everywhere in Tamarindo, but this smoothie shack has a reputation among locals as being the best. It has no sign, but it's just around the corner from Longboards and any local can point you in the right direction. It has a large selection of fresh fruit smoothies made wi