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Le Monastère

Off road to Santa Ana
Northeast of Escazú
Costa Rica
TEL: 506 2228-8515
TEL: 506 2228-8516

Located in a complex of decades-old stone buildings that once housed a mountainside monastery, this elegant French restaurant has three parts—all worth experiencing: the bar at the entrance, which has both panoramic views over the Central Valley and live piano music in the evenings; the main dining room, decorated with antiques and old photos of the monastery; and the Cava, a snug cellar-turned-intimate-bar, which is perfect for after-dinner drinks. The cuisine served here is mostly traditional French—dishes include vol-au-vent with escargots, shrimp Provençal, and a hearty wild-boar stew with truffles. But there are a few culinary digressions, like the carpaccio-and-sashimi appetizer that showcases the catch of the day. Be warned: the servers here all dress in 19th-century monks’ garb.

Insider Tip:

The lovely arched chapel connected to Le Monastère has been beautifully refurbished and still hosts occasional services; it’s worth a look.

Amenities

Open / Closes
  • Dinner
  • Dress Code
  • Full Bar
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Lunch
  • Live Music
  • Notable Wine List
  • Parking Available
  • Private Room Available
  • Views

Cuisine Type:: French

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