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.
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 trip to Costa Rica was the culmination of my surprise 50th birthday. Part of that surprise was dinner at fabulous Las Ventanas (The Windows), located at The Springs Resort and Spa, with a view of Volcán Arenal. This is truly a first class facility and they really make you feel welcomed and part of the family. Our reservations were at night, so didn't get to see the volcano but the experience we had there (service, food, recommendations, etc.) make us want to return as soon as possible.
Favorite Dish: As soon as we were seated, we ordered our drinks...the Laughing Toucan for LJ and the Bushwalker for myself. Next up, dinner. We started off with the Wild Mushroom Bruschetta Appetizer (Caramelized Leeks, Pancetta, Rosemary and a Sherry Cream Sauce served on Crostini). For dinner, LJ had the Blackened Mahi Mahi Entrée (with a Jalapeño Beurre Blanc sauce and served with Pearl Potatoes and Sautéed Vegetables) while I had the Bleu Cheese Ribeye Entrée (Certified Angus Choice Rib Eye with a Bleu Cheese Compound Butter served with Potato Au Gratin, Green Beans and Oregano Oil). To end the evening, we selected the Caramelized Apple Dessert (a very delicate combination with a Confit Sweet Potato Quenelle, Basil Sorbet, Cream of Flan and Mixed Candied Nuts) and Caffè Corretto.
Just Good Food. Another inexpensive place to eat. Featuring the local dish, Casado, of course. I had a decent meal for $3 American. It included rice, beans, choice of meat or veggie for vegetarians, some plantain, salad, and either tea or juice. I got my money's worth. And there was a talking/singing deer! Ha. Also some locals were playing guitars. I did have better food at another Soda but this was good. And there were other things on the menu.
I notice that the flyer I have says free delivery.
Favorite Dish: I had the chicken Casado
Directly opposite the busstop in La Fortuna you find one of the cheapest places to have dinner in town. I don't remember the name of this place, but it is easily recognisible because it is big and it has bright yellow lights all over the front of the restaurant.
The food you can get here is cheap and pretty simple. From hamburgers and french fries to a typical rice and beans place and a huge tortilla. For a tortilla that is big enough to serve as a decent dinner you pay about 4 dollars and a plate of fries is another 1 dollar.
In the morning this place is also opened as soon as the first busses start driving. Then it is very useful to buy yourself a quick breakfast and a hot coffee.
You don't have to pay to the waiters but at the -secured- counter in the front of the restaurant. This is maybe a good indication of how the service-level is here; pretty poor. The waiters to what they have to do, but it is clearly visible when your questions are not appreciated... :(
After a very busy but exciting day of fun, we decided to head back to The Springs Resort & Spa and utilize our The Hot Springs Two Day Pass. After spending a couple hours in the mineral hot springs, we decided to get something to eat. Asked for recommendations and was told that we should try the food upstairs at Ginger Sushi. Great choice as the sushi was very fresh, very tasty and of course the service was very good.
Favorite Dish: LJ ordered the Arenal Roll (spicy tuna, mango and cucumber covered with tuna) while I had the Monkey Roll (filled with fried soft shell crab, lettuce and cucumber covered with masago and sesame seeds and served with Mentiako Sauce). Simply amazing and a delight from beginning to end...could have ordered the entire menu!!!
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!
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.