Restaurants in Costa Rica

Amanda Pratt

Succulent seafood, handmade pasta, and juicy steaks are all on the menu at Al Chile Viola, a mind-blowingly delicious Italian restaurant in the beach... Read More

Chef Camille Ratton marries French technique with fresh Central American ingredients. Don’t miss the tarta de pasiones with crème of... Read More

In the picturesque mountain town of San Isidro de Heredia, this European-style coffee shop sells cups and bags of premium coffee, including the beloved... Read More

Surprisingly, frozen coffee hasn’t really become a thing in Costa Rica. But on a hot day in San José, there is one place to go for a Frappuccino-style... Read More

Cloe, Maia, Andrea and Carlos Velardes, a family of Peruvian surfers, came to Playa Negra on the north Pacific coast in search of “peace, nature... Read More

Though it’s got a name that suggests local fare, this is an expat restaurant that kills it. Soon after the British owner opened this little indoor... Read More

Elevating the Costa Rican soda—the Tico version of a corner diner—to new heights, Cuenca eschews the standard mom-and-pop operation tacked... Read More

A San José institution for nearly 40 years, this steakhouse is the kind of place where Costa Rican coffee barons and their international... Read More

At sunset, there is a Great Gatsby-like atmosphere at the happy hour at El Galeón restaurant, as yacht owners and guests arrive from the nearby... Read More

This restaurant and “fish head bar” in Quepos is sport fisherman’s dream. Fresh delicious fish is served right off the boats that dock in the Quepos... Read More

Inside a quaint boutique hotel on the shore of Lake Arenal, this restaurant prepares French, Mediterranean, and Californian fusion cuisine with the... Read More

A chic, open-air terrace—surrounded by jungle palms that are illuminated at night —is the best place to enjoy La Hacienda’s Latin... Read More

Arguably the most authentic Italian restaurant in Costa Rica, Lanterna is also considered the best table in the Jacó area—a valuable... Read More

Located in a complex of decades-old stone buildings that once housed a mountainside monastery, this elegant French restaurant has three parts—all... Read More

Named after its now-deceased mascot, an 800 pound pink pig, Lola’s beach café continues to delight visitors with its idyllic scene at Playa... Read More

This sexy new restaurant is part of the hotel El Mangroove—a getaway on the northwestern coast. The décor is natural, all stone and hardwood, and the... Read More

About 100 meters north of the elementary school in Manuel Antonio, the wooden, blue seafood restaurant Mar Luna sits on a hilltop overlooking the... Read More

At this indulgent breakfast buffet there is gallo pinto. There are cheese-covered breakfast casseroles. There are also eggs, sausages, hash browns, a... Read More

Miss Junie came to Totuguero from Nicaragua and brought her culinary expertise with her, which she channeled into establishing one of the best-known and... Read More

In the Caribbean town of Puerto Viejo, this place is basically a tent stretched over a few tree trunks and a small kitchen. But everybody knows it and... Read More

The German owners of this charming inn have been serving the same breakfast since they opened the place at the turn of the century: eggs, tomato, and... Read More

One of the best ways to sample Costa Rica’s cornucopia of tropical fruits is with a batido, a fresh smoothie made with water or milk, and the... Read More

A newcomer to Tamarindo, this sophisticated, beachfront restaurant has its own fresh fish market, where each day the fish are brought from straight off... Read More

Park Café is the only restaurant in the country that might come up in the same sentence as the words “Michelin star”; the chef—bandana-clad Brit Richard... Read More

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