Costa Rica Restaurants

  • Restaurants
    by kerenponi123
  • Restaurants
    by kerenponi123
  • Restaurants
    by kerenponi123

Costa Rica Restaurants

  • Nuestra Tierra

    4 out of 5 stars

    San José Restaurants

    A nice, huge restaurant on a busy street corner on the east side of the city. Kind of touristy, with traditional dancers dancing during the busy dinnertime. Good enough though. Grilled pollo w/rice & beans and a potato salad I think.

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  • Machu Picchu Restaurant

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    San José Restaurants

    On my fourth trip to Costa Rica my girlfriend and I discovered this gem, I have always been disappointed in my restaurant experiences in Costa Rica and this restaurant changed my point of view. I have spent allot of time in Peru love Peruvian cuisine and when this restaurant was recommended to us I have to admit I was somewhat pessimistic. I was...

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  • Cafe Mundo

    4 out of 5 stars

    San José Restaurants

    this was the best restaurant we went to in San Jose. We ended up eating here twice. Its in a weird spot so you need to take a taxi for sure to get there. On busy nights it can be a wait to get a taxi back to your hotel is the only drawback. They have a great menu and the place is in an old mansion looking building. You cant really go wrong here.

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  • News Cafe

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    San José Restaurants

    Our first day in Costa Rica and our last meal had been a very dodgy bagel with cream cheese at Newark aiport. As much as I love to sample local dishes, I was so hungry at this point and desperately craving good old "meat and two fresh vegetables". It's funny how everyone seems to appologise for coming here because they feel it's not Costa Rican...

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  • Rostipollos

    San José Restaurants

    Chain of Costa Rican restaurants where you can try roasted chicken with either salads or several typical Central American complements like: - patacones (fried smashed bananas) - dados de queso (cheese squares) - tortillas de maíz (corn pancakes) - fajitas - elotes (baked corn) - frijolitos molidos (smashed red beans) There are also a selection of...

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  • Vishnu

    San José Restaurants

    Vishnu is a vegetarian/vegan fast food restaurant. It was the first one I've know about in the world. I'm usually not all that impressed by faux meats and soy but, this place is awesome! I travelled with 2 vegetarians and a vegan so, I ate here alot. They have your typical fast food dishes (burgers, fries and pizza). Combo uno sin tomate & pina con...

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  • La Esquina del Cafe

    San José Restaurants

    you can get both tico and international dishes and in my pic the food is served on a banana leaf, well what I had read about they presenting well food à la carte is true but don't hope in a good light for taking the pic ;-), the tables are candle-lit...

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  • Near Hotel Indigo

    On the first evening of our tour, we were on our own for dinner. We decided to go to a nearby shopping center to look for a restaurant rather than be limited to the restaurant in our hotel.Just adjacent to our hotel was a small shopping area with several good choices for dinner. We settled on Pizzeria La Fabricca as pizza appealed to both of us and...

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  • Buffet and Butterflies

    After our morning drive and aerial tram tour in the rainforest of Braulio Carrillo National Park, our first stop for a meal was at the "Selva Tropical Restaurant & Butterfly Garden". Located along Route 32 in Guapiles, from the highway the Selva Tropical Restaurant might not be easily noticed; however, the lovely, climbing flowers and tropical...

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  • Oldest Restaurant in Costa Rica

    El Balcon de Europa Restaurant was an excellent find in downtown San Jose. We stopped here for an early dinner after visiting the Plaza de Cultura and though we were the only diners at the time, we still found it a warm and inviting place.I ordered the speghetti with pesto sauce and my husband opted for the speghetti with arrabiata sauce. We both...

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  • Fun atmosphere and good food!

    This bar and grill is in Downtown La Fortuna. It has a great atmosphere and was a lot of fun. We only went for appetizers and drinks and couldn't have found a better place. The pricing was reasonable, they had great specialty drinks like the "Crazy Monkey", and the food was delicious. The staff was also very friendly!

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  • Amazing food and presentation!

    This restaurant in right in Downtown La Fortuna and has an amazing atmosphere. Everyone is so friendly and most dress is appropriate (Costa Rica is laid back in general). We didn't know what to expect, but even if we had high expectations, this restaurant would have exceeded them. The food was amazing and the presentation for every dish was...

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  • Open 24 Hours in La Fortuna

    On our way to our hotel near Arenal Volcano, we stopped in La Fortuna where we were given some free time to have lunch, explore and shop. We chose to have lunch at one of La Fortuna's open air restaurants located just across from Parque Central and the central bus stop, and roughly in the middle of town on the main street. The restaurant itself is...

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  • Landmark Restaurant West of Guapiles

    One of the last restaurants we visited in Costa Rica was "Rancho Roberto's". Considered a landmark in Guapiles, Rancho Roberto's was a large, open-air, thatched roof restaurant, with Mayan accents, a welcoming atmosphere and excellent food. Instead of the normal buffet, this "old rancho" offers a menu with great choices of chicken, beef and...

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  • Dining in the Shadow of Arenal

    Given the lovely grounds and views at the Hotel Arenal Manoa, we were very pleased to have all breakfasts and 2 dinners at the hotel's restaurant, La Saca, during our 3 night stay. The restaurant occupied its own beautiful spot among the scattered bungalow accommodations with a spectacular view of Arenal. Following the custom of many restaurants...

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  • A Peruvian restaurant in San Jose

    For our last evening in San Jose, when we asked around for restaurant suggestions in the Sabana area, everyone recommended having dinner at Machu Picchu, a Peruvian restaurant located just a short walk away from our hotel. I'd only eaten once before at a Peruvian restaurant, when I was in Santiago de Chile, and I'd really enjoyed it so I was eager...

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  • Costa Rican food in La Fortuna

    When our guide Eric mentioned that we'd be having lunch at a local restaurant in La Fortuna, I got pretty excited at the idea of ordering a casado, one of Costa Rica's most typical dishes. Casados usually include some rice and beans, fried plantains, salad and vegetables, along with your choice of meat (I got chicken). You can get it at most Costa...

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  • Another city, another casado!

    After having tried a casado in La Fortuna, I really wanted to try a second one so I could see - and taste! - the difference from one restaurant to another. Since I had so much enjoyed the first one I decided to go with another chicken casado at Restaurante Nuestra Tierra in San Jose. This is probably not the kind of place I would have picked on my...

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  • Decent Italian food near La Fortuna

    I usually like to stick with local food as much as possible when I travel, which is why I was slightly disappointed to find out that one of the restaurants we'd be having dinner at was an Italian restaurant. Que Rico is located at the Arenal Volcano Inn and although the menu does offer some Costa Rican dishes, its specialties are pasta and...

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  • Nice spot for people-watching in...

    El Patio is the restaurant/cafe/bar of the Balmoral, one of downtown San Jose's fanciest hotels. It's located right on the pedestrian portion of Paseo Colon, usually called Avenida Central, so if you get the chance make sure to grab a table near one of the windows to soak up the atmosphere of this vibrant city. However, those looking for a more...

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  • One of Jaco's Best

    L'Esperanza is a casual steak house/seafood restaurant located in central Jaco Beach. They offer a full liquor bar, with a large whine selection and a full menu with everything from apetitizers, to steak and seafood. They are open from lunch through dinner and is a perfect place for anything from casual drinks to a full dinner. Blue Marlin Ceviche...

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  • 2010 Best Restaurant in Tamarindo

    Thank goodness we stumbled upon this place! We were in Tamarindo in late February 2010. The food here is prepared by Chef Lane Patrick. I had the Tuna Tartar with Lemon Coconut Curry Sauce. It was outstanding - I wanted to lick the plate. My husband had the Tandoori Chicken Sandwich with Apple Mayo. Again, superb. We had to go back for more: the...

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  • Restaurant with great Volcano views

    This is another restaurant close to La Fortuna town that rewards you with great volcano views on nice and sunny days. We did not eat here (we went to Linda Vista instead), but you should consider it if you do not have enough time to get to Linda Vista Restaurant. It will take you about 45 minutes to get to Linda Vista from Acuarelas.Acuarelas...

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  • Great local/regional chain

    This is a delicious regional chain with several CR locations. The one I went to was in the Multiplaza mall in Escazu. As the name suggests (if you speak Spanish), the menu revolves around chicken, and it is good! Try the "Plato Surtido" (Assorted Plate) for nice sampler at dinner. It was only about 3000 colones when I was there (a little over $6)

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  • Chain of chicken

    Alajuela Chain of restaurants offering a wide variety of roasted chicken options and local plates. On the menu, you could find patacones, tortillas de mais, elotes, frijolitos molidos, yuca frita, ... Clean, colorful, thoughful and inviting concept, it's a good way of having an inexpensive and tasty meal. They also have "express" counters and...

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  • On the road from Nueva Arenal to Fortuna

    On the side of the dirt road and overlooking the jungle and Lake Arenal is the Toad Hall, a combination restaurant and gift shop. I remember that the prices were higher than normal and the food was pretty good but not great.We were the only ones there at the time. so it may not be a popular spot due to it's location, about 5 miles outside of...

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  • Million $ Views !

    This is an Oasis from the dry dusty roads and hot sand. The food is typical Costa Rican cuisine with a very large menue. It is an open air, large restaurant with million $ views of the cove and beaches below. Snapper, fresh fruit and GIANT Sodas or fresh juice.

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  • Ahh, "The Dish" and fish

    This Snapper was no match for the famished and famous Nick aftre a day of hard surfing and a long drive down dusty gnarly roads! You name it, its all good.Pojo, Pescado, rice and beans of course.

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  • Quiet and elegant

    Don't speak Spanish? That's OK. Asta, the bar/restaurant manager here, is from Lithuania and speaks fluent English, Spanish and several other European languages. She took over this restaurant in 2009 and has done a wonderful job with it. The menu is not extensive, but it is varied. It has a few seafood dishes, soups, a few pastas and risottos, a...

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  • RESTAURANT DISCO GUANACASTE IN...

    RESTAURANT DISCO GUANACASTE IN ALAJUELITA (IN AIRPORT AREA) GREAT LATIN MUSIC WITH NICE ATMOSPHEREDONA LELA (A BIT OUTSIDE OF SAN JOSE): VERY TYPICAL TICO-FOOD FOR PLEASANT PRICES CASADOS, MARISCOS (MOSTLY NOT TOO CHEAP)

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  • Costa Rican Food leaves a lot to be...

    Costa Rica was awesome, but if you are foodie, leave your foodie traits back home, and be prepared to eat because you need nourishment, that's it.To bo honest, the food is not all that bad, but when you've had other latin american food, like Dominican, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Colombian, Argentinian, etc...you would be dissapointed with CR's food....

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  • The best place to eat in Dominical

    Dominical is a really small town and there are lots of places to eat, but we really liked San Clemente Bar and Grill. The place is very well run, the food is excellent and cheap. It was the only restaurant in Dominical where we could really enjoy a meal without having to yell at each other due to the loud music played on the speakers. We ate here...

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  • Great place to eat in Orosi

    We visited the town of Orosi on a rainy day (we really had no sunny days while in the Orosi Valley) and we decided to eat at a place close to the town church, since we wanted to visit the church anyway. Restaurante Bar Coto was the one that hit the spot! We liked the look of the place, the location and the friendly atmosphere. Service was a little...

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  • 100% organic food prepared fresh!

    This is the best place to have lunch in Orosi Valley while enjoying superb views of the valley. The food is 100% organic and the service is slow since they prepare the food right after you place your order, but the wait will not bother you since the views of the valley are to die for! The food is very good and decently priced and the service is...

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  • Great Casual Dining Experience With...

    This restaurant was the inspiration behind our decision to check out of our original hotel choice and check into Si Como No. The Rico Tico Bar & Grill is located at Si Como No and the food was absolutely fantastic, the quality was consistent, the staff was extremely friendly (but who isn't friendly in Costa Rica), the fruit smoothies were so fresh...

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  • Great food but will never eat there...

    I really liked the way Soda Y Express Kristina looked like and decided to eat dinner here. The food was good, but I was unpleasantly surprised when we had to pay more for the food just because we did not have enough colones to cover the cost of the meal and we decided to pay in American dollars(they did not want to accept a combination of American...

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  • Better Than KFC

    Great fried chicken can be had at this chain of restaurants found throughout Costa Rica and Central America. If you go with a group they can tailor to your needs. I went with a group of seven people once and was able to arrange for a meal of 14 pieces of chicken, 7 fries, 7 cole slaws, 7 soft drinks and 7 ice cream cones for less than $40. Similar...

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  • Avoid the Touristy Spots

    You will find as you travel through Costa Rica that there is quite a difference between resteraunts that aim and tourists and those that aim at locals. The touristy resteraunts charge three times as much, have a more Americanized menu and so on. Skip these places. Go to a resteraunt where the locals eat, eat much cheaper and eat the traditional...

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  • A must try dining experience in Jaco...

    Founded by a traveling Surfer 9 years ago, Caliche fell in love with Jaco Beach and decided to stay. He opened a small snack shack on the beach and named it Caliche´s Killer Munchies, with a small menu catering to the local surfer crowd, which at the time was about 95% of Jaco´s tourist traffic.He served burritos, burgers, hot dogs, tacos, and a...

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  • Good place to eat in Sarchi

    Erick, our private driver, took us to this restaurant because of they have great food and good prices. We were hungry and wanted a good place to eat while in Sarchi, so this was a perfect choice. The food here was delicious, the service was great and the bill came to about $8 per person (drinks included). You can sit inside the restaurant or...

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  • The best pizza in La Fortuna

    This is a great place to eat pizzas made in a wood oven. The smell is unbelievable! They prepare the dough in front of you and you have to wait a little bit until they bring you the pizza at the table. They have music at night and the atmosphere is very nice and relaxing. The service is great and they do all they can to make you feel at home. We...

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  • Food with great volcano views, but...

    Linda Vista Restaurant is one of the places that rewards you with a stunning view of the Arenal Volcano and the Arenal Lake if you eat here. We decided to come to this place even though it was raining and it was cloudy (all 4 days of our stay in the area were the same, so...). The food they serve is very-very good, the service is excellent, but you...

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  • Another great place to eat in La Fortuna

    Lava Rock Cafe is a clean, modern, open-air restaurant that serves great food at good prices. The service was great, fast and the atmosphere very pleasant and relaxing. I would definitely eat here again! We paid about $20 for a hearts of palm salad, 1 casado with fish, 1 bottle of water and 1 beer.They have a room upstairs where they show videos of...

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  • Great, cheap and clean Soda in La...

    We ate here 2 times while staying in La Fortuna and I am sorry we did not eat more than that! The place is very well run, very clean, the food is cheap and it tastes great. It is one of the places where we had no problem paying with American dollars and having to ask them to recheck the bill. You will pay about $20 for 2 great casados (with fish,...

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  • Charming, but pricey

    This is a charming coffee house downtown La Fortuna. It is tiny, but it provides a great atmosphere. It was nice and relaxing to stay on their terrace! My husband had a coffee here and I found the price to be a little steep ($3 for a coffee), but this is definitely a nice place to rest your feet if you are tired and if you want to drink a coffee or...

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