Lotus Garen Restaurant: Jordan's Jacuzzi Suites
This was the best meal we had on our trip. The seafood is so fresh and the sushi is endless and actually quite affordable. We ate like kings and queens! We decided that we liked this place so much that we inquired about the cabinas in the back. They were these amazing rooms for rent which were really romantic and had air conditioners and jacuzzis in the room! We were amazed! This is the hidden gem of Puerto Viejo. Our next trip, we plan to stay here...the hotel part is apparently called Jordan's Jacuzzi Suites. Jordan is this great guy from Chicago of all places, and the whole place has a real family feel. We plan to make it our home away from home when we return to PV.
Favorite Dish: All you can eat Sushi!!!
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Elena Brown: Skip this one
We were told this place had the best Caribbean food..maybe it was an off night but it was a disappointment! The food was cold and not great. Wouldn´t go again. No one there... should have been a clue.
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El Loco Natural: Great food, fantastic ambience
This second floor open air restaurant is colourful, chill and sexy. The food is rich in flavour and spicy- vegetarian and even vegan options are always available. Live music on weekends, great service. Watch out for the EXTREMELY spicy Panamanian chile put on the table with the cutlery. This is a spice to kill even the toughest chile-lovers. Try a bit at first and don't mistake it for bean soup or pour a whole bunch on your food.
Favorite Dish: Try the green madras curry with fresh fish or the smoky chipotle cream sauce with veggie stirfry (get some water, it is pretty hot!)
El Loco Natural: Awesome meal and entertainment
The best meal I had in Puerto Viejo was at El Loco Natural. Located on the second story of a building this open air restaurant serves excellent Thai and caribbean fusion dishes. Some nights they also have live caribbean style music. Best to get there early as this place fills up fast and people tend to linger and listen to the music.
We had orderves, cocktails, 3 beers, and entrees and it came to about $24/person including tax and tip
Favorite Dish: Peanut citrus sauce over rice and vegetables - soooo good!
Chili Rojo: Absolutely Delicious!
One of my favorite restaurants of all time. The dishes are wonderfully spiced and are very filling. There's a wide variety of food and I wish I had more time to have one of everything off the menu. The dishes are reasonably priced and are well portioned.
Favorite Dish: THE CHEESEBURGER! It sounds very basic but, the meat is incredibly spiced and the fries crispy. The pineapple smoothie is to die for!
Cafe Rico (Rick's Cafe): Good Food and Laundry Cafe
Cafe Rico is where the expats hang out in Puerto Viejo. They have the best coffee in town and take in your laundry for wash and dry and you'll get a free cup of coffee. The owner is Roger and he is from England. They serve a great breafast and a good lunch. No dinner. He does have a few "cabinas" for rent. He rents bicycles and motor scooters. Roger knows everything in town. He's a good guy.
Favorite Dish: It's a breakfast and lunch place. They do a great fresh fruit plate with granola and yogurt. He serves only Cafe Britt coffee. I've never had better.
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Mr. Street Vendor: that funky looking food on the side of the road
No matter where you are in the world, there is nothing quite possibly better than street food at 2 in the morning. I am not even going to argue this statement. You just gotta believe that no matter how disgusting something may seem, it is oh so delicious going down the hatch.
This street vendor was no exception. I had just come from the town's reggae party and it was raining outside. The electricity went out in the entire town, except for those fortunate enough to have generators. Well this guy didn't have any problem as he continued to cook over his charcoal grill. I ate my odd combination of a hamburger bun topped with a mystery meat shiskabob (or you also had the choice of a hot dog) with cabbage and some funky green and red creole style sauces poured on top. Now try to eat this with your hands (as there were no utensils) while the rain is pouring down onto your food. Also, you are walking a good 10 minutes back to your accomodation in the PITCH BLACK as there are no glimpses of light anywhere...that is till some unsuspecting car pulls into the road and nearly runs you over because you are invisible to them.
Now if that isn't a memorable experience, then what is?
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????????: YUK in Manzanillo
Friends of ours highly recommended Maxi's Restaurant in Manzanillo. Unfortunately we were there too early in the a.m. to eat at Maxi's. Instead we ate in the bottom right hand corner of the Maxi's Rest. building in a small Soda -big mistake! We ordered Ham & Cheese Omelets & they were WAY too undercooked! Besides the fact that the omelets were (yuk) runny, we couldn't keep the flies off our food & to top it off the cook & waitress couldn't care less that we were even there! We talked to others who were there & they were treated the same & everything they ordered was awful.In short, the service stunk & the food was bearly edible
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Great coffee & baked goods!!
The coffee in Costa Rica is excellent!
Be warned it is served strong & if you like cream in your coffee ask for a little extra as they will only put a drop or two in.
There are a few bakerys in P.V. & they all smell heavenly & the baked goods are wonderful!
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Rest.Oro / El Loco Natural/ Chili Rojo Rest.: More Good Food
All of the above restaurants were excellent,varied & reasonably priced. The Rest. Oro has great seafood.The El Loco Natural has great food ,live music some evenings & an outside balcony where you can watch all the happenings on the main street below.The Chil Rojo Rest. is Thai type food & really tasty.Camarones (shrimp) are cheap in most sodas & restaurants & cooked every way you can imagine-I practically lived on them! The Sodas(small cafes that serve "Typicals"-rice,beans & meat or fish) are of course the cheapest & if it looks busy then chances are they have the best food!
Favorite Dish: Camarones!!!!! The shrimp are big & scrumptious in most cafes!
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Coco Congo: The Best Plato Tipico
This restaurant is located across the street from Playa Negra, just north of Puerto Viejo (on the right as you drive into PV). The restaurant is owned by a Brazilian man, Manchi, who loves to chat. We ate breakfast here on morning on our way into town. His Plato Tipico is the best that I've had in any CA country. There is some seasoning in the rice and beans that is to die for. Check it out!
Leave a comment and let me know if there is something that I could add to make this tip better!
Favorite Dish: Plato Tipico -- see above
Selvin's: We're talking local cuisine...
It serves 2 main dishes every night and stays open till they run out of food. No menu, the waitress just "sings" it to you. Place only has about 5-6 tables and could not serve any more than about 20 people max. The place is not for the squeamish types. If fish eyes staring at you on your plate bother you you, stick with MacDonalds and don't come here.
Favorite Dish: Fish (the other was chicken)
Bread and Chocolate: Excelent sandwiches!
Fantastic sandwiches -
jerk chicken = really good
grilled cheese and salad = wow!
The chocolates are completely out of this world.
Cafe Viejo: Pizza
If you just have to have pizza...here's the place. Cafe Viejo. It's on the main street and it makes pretty good pizza...and cold beer ..of course
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Thai and Vegetarian Food: Thai !!
The wonderful aromas coming from this place will drag you in., Very popular always someone munching here. Pretty good food considering the chef is from Britan!!
Favorite Dish: Loved the coconut chicken curry!!
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