Costa Rica Restaurants


  • Fusion
  • Mexican
  • Seafood
  • International
  • Latin American
  • Dining in Costa Rica is not what it used to be. In the days of yore, the country lost points for its lack of a signature cuisine and a relative dearth of good restaurants, but all that has changed. Today, Costa Rica is celebrating an explosion of culinary delights with talented chefs who are excited to share fresh ingredients and exotic flavors, and now dining options abound at practically every bend in the road.Sofia and Chimera, sister restaurants in the Monteverde cloud forest offer specialties like plantain encrusted sea bass and coconut shrimp "lollipops," and some refreshing takes on classic favorites like the fresh lobster and juicy steaks at El Gran Escape in Quepos. Not surprisingly, seafood is a main attraction on both coasts and everywhere in between. On the Caribbean coast you might be surprised to find some of the best authentic Italian food at La Pecora Nera, and even the Mexican standards are out of this world at the Lizard King Resort's restaurant. Latin fusion is a term that has helped define the international flavor that is emerging as distinctly Costa Rican, like the creative plates served at the fancy El Nuevo Latino. Vegetarians are easy to please in Costa Rica, too, with places like Flor de Vida that emphasize fresh local ingredients, while kids and carnivores alike will love the schnitzel at the cozy Willy's Caballo Negro. With all the restaurants to choose from, don't forget to stop and sample a casado at a quaint roadside soda and enjoy gallo pinto for breakfast, both are simple, tasty and truly Costa Rican.

    La Pecora Nera

    50m (164 ft.) inland from a well-marked turnoff on the main road south of Puerto Viejo

    Excellent Italian food in a lovely open-air setting... read more


    A gem of a restaurant in Monteverde... read more

    El Nuevo Latino

    Modern and posh fusion cuisine overlooking the Pacific... read more

    Lizard King Mexican Restaurant

    Excellent Mexican cuisine with international specials... read more


    Casual restaurant for tapas, wine and cocktails...
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    200 m east of Stanford's, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca Puerto Viejo

    Family style Italian restaurant in Puerto Viejo...
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    Don Rufino

    Easy to find, hard to forget gem in the center or Golfito... read more

    Willy's Caballo Negro

    Family-friendly favorite for schnitzel and more in Arenal... read more

    Flor de Vida

    Vegetarian cuisine with Asian flair in Monteverde...
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    El Gran Escape

    Popular local favorite with excellent seafood...
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    Indian Nights

    Puerto Viejo's most exotic new place to dine after sunset... read more

    Stashu's Con Fusione

    Fresh exotic cuisine with local flavor and nightly specials... read more

    Flip Flop Restaurant

    Casual international restaurant in the center of town... read more

    Bar Restaurante Continental

    ParaĆ­so, Costa Rica

    La soda de Xinia

    Pastor Daiz St

    Jade Luna

    Hote Poseidon

    Jaco, Costa Rica

    Soda Carolina

    Caliche's Wishbone

    Jacó, Costa Rica

    Sol y Mar

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