Hotel Los Lagos (www.hotelloslagos) provides a tasty buffet with the stay at their resort. It generally consisted of cooked meats and sausages, potatoes, eggs, pico de gallo, breads, fresh juice, cereals, and of course fantastic Costa Rican coffee.
All along the streets of La Fortuna are small cafes. Most are open air, covered so you can still eat when it is raining. And the food is volcano themed, as you can see from the rice with the carrots that look like lava. How cute is that. A typical dish such as this, with fresh fish in the rice, potatoes or fries, veggies, would be about $5 per person. Can't beat that price!
This soda was little more touristic than the El Rio, always more crowded. You have a great view on the central place and all that's going on in town! Always the local meals, but also amazing pizza and weird burger (topped with a slice of ham) and not so good fries. But since I didn't ate them, they didn't charged me for it!
Favorite Dish: Pizza were pretty good. A nice change from the rice and beans too!
Soda are little snack-bar like restaurants in Costa Rica. You'll find them everywhere, usually small with a few tables and stools at the counter. They'll serve tipical comidas, or typical meals, usually full plates combining rice, beans, salads, plantain and meat or fish, for a very good price, well under 10$ for two peoples including drinks of freshly squeeze fruits. This one in La Fortuna, openned on two side with view on the city and the Rio Burio, served the best Casados in town!
You have to try it at least once, for the experience, but hopefully as often as you can for your health, enjoyment of the country and budget!
Favorite Dish: Fruit juices are fresh and sweet.
Casados are huge and tasteful and come with a weird little rice and milk desert (some like, some don't). In fact, the plate was so big, I had to switch to just rice (arroz) and meat (con meat en salsa is the best one I think).
The staff were very nice. The ceviche is the best I had in Costa Rica. Very affordable as well. The fish cassado was very good. I don't remember the exact address, but if you ask any local cab driver and they will know.
Favorite Dish: Ceviche and cassado.
This Costa Rican / Western buffet restaurant has some excellent food. It is cheap and all you can eat. The quality of the food, bith the Costa Rican food and the western food was excellent. I went back for more three times, and I normally don't eat that much, very good, well reccomended. You should definately take a night to go here, eat, take a swim in the hot spring's naturally heated pools, and have a drink. Nice night in Fortuna.
Lava Rocks is a good restaurant locaed in La Fortuna, right under the Arenal Volcano. The food is Costa Rican / Western and is quite good. They also have great fruit shakes (like in Thailand). However, if you don't spaek Spanish you won't have a big problem, but most of the workers at Lava Rocks don't speak english, so here are some useful phrases:
Beef: Carne (de vaca)
Raspberry: Mora (Zarzamora)
Cheak please: La cuenta por favor
Thank you: Gracias
You're welcome: Con Gusto
We stopped here for a sandwich at lunch and it was very good and big serving . Its a nice place to stop for a break , very friendly service and open air for the most part so good for people watching.
This restaurant is a must for soccer fans. When we were there they were showing Costa Rica - Finland friendly game on a big screen. Food is good and portions are big.
Favorite Dish: Sea Food and ceviche.