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The Best Restaurants in Costa Rica

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Spend your days in Costa Rica going from national parks to open air restaurants. Along with some of the best rice and beans in Latin America--they show up at breakfast, lunch, and dinner--there's plenty of seafood and other proteins. Local ingredients include seafood, corn, beans, and root vegetables so you'll see a lot of them on Tico tables. And the culinary scene is expanding quickly so expect flavors from Asia and Europe in the mix too.
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Guanacaste Province, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
North of Santa Teresa, in Playa Hermosa, you’ll find sushi master Koji Hyodo carving yellowfin tuna, red snapper, and sea bass at his tinkling, tin-roofed restaurant, Koji’s. His signature Koji Roll wraps spicy tuna around fresh shrimp...
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Alajuela Province, Poás, Costa Rica
Besides Poás’s impressive volcano, this beautiful region is home to cozy down-home restaurants. One standout is Freddo Fresas, named for the strawberries (fresas) that constitute the region’s principal crop. Diners here enjoy...
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Calle 31, San José, Costa Rica
Kalú is the brainchild of Costa Rican-French chef Camille Ratton, who sought to create a sacred space for diners to encounter new tastes. Backed by a capable kitchen crew, Ratton turns out colorful, tasty dishes based on Mediterranean, Asian, and...
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Calle 15, San José, Costa Rica
French chef Patricia Richer has imported French tastes to her adopted Costa Rica. Every evening, she opens her 1927 Barrio Amón house to 12 lucky diners at a time, where she serves Provençale fare in rooms designed to...
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Av 11, San José, Costa Rica
A shared love for southern Italian comfort food and a chance encounter in the supermarket drew chefs Antonio d’Alaimo and Ciro Genova into this gastronomic venture. The Italian duo, known to everyone as Ciro and Tony,...
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Main road to Tamarindo, 500m SW from Auto Mercado, in front of El Tesoro, Provincia de Guanacaste, Tamarindo, 50309, Costa Rica
Located on the warm sands of Tamarindo Beach, Pangas Beach Club is the perfect place to enjoy fresh, gourmet cuisine just feet from the surf. If you have trouble choosing a favorite from the something-for-everyone menu, go for Pangas surf and turf...
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Calle 33, San José, Costa Rica
This Madrid-style tavern specializes in Spanish as well as Italian, Lebanese, and Mediterranean tapas. Like many other spots in Barrio Escalante, Olio is known for its lively atmosphere—yet not so lively you can’t carry on a...
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Calle 25 and Avenue 1, San José, Costa Rica
Limoncello was one of the first restaurants to open in its neighborhood, where Barrio La California and Barrio Escalante meet. It’s housed in what was once the residence of former president Rafael Ángel Calderón Guardia, so the...
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Calle Real, San José, San Rafael, Costa Rica
Since 1998, Saúl Méndez, a chain of clothing stores, has been branching out into the food world with a series of bistros and cafés it has successfully opened in Guatemala and Costa Rica. One of the most visited...
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Calle 33, San José, Costa Rica
Thanks to some amusing murals by local artist Juan Gha, no one overlooks Bocana. Besides the artwork, Bocana is known for a selection of tapas, pizzas, and other bar food, as well as an array of Costa Rica’s popular artisanal beers. The menu...
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San José Province, San José, Costa Rica
Imagine an edible basket woven from tiquisque (a starchy tuber native to Costa Rica) and toasted cassava, the whole megillah filled with mushrooms, Japanese eggplant, or a banana-yellow, cashew-basted curry. Árbol de Seda, ground zero...
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Av 13, San José, Costa Rica
Restaurante Whapin is a great option for getting to know—and love—authentic Caribbean cuisine, with its unusual spices and unmistakable coconut infusions. A yummy snapper, Cahuita-style, does plenty to breach the distance between San...
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Calle 11, between Avs. 6 and 8, Calle 11, San José Province, San Jose, Costa Rica, Costa Rica
Tin Jo, a family-run restaurant, has five themed dining rooms, each dedicated to a different Asian culture: Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, and Thai. Guests order from a menu that includes selections from all the countries’ cuisines, so you...
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Calle 5, San José, Costa Rica
Alma de Amón, located in old-school Barrio Amón, seeks to revive some of Latin America’s very best dishes. The border-crossing cuisines are served by candlelight in a relaxed and intimate atmosphere. Among the recommended...
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100 mtrs este del EBAIS los Angeles, Los Angeles, San Rafael, Heredia, Costa Rica, Calle Ebais, Heredia, Costa Rica
The beloved songs of Spanish singer-songwriter Joaquín Sabina recount modern troubles in a boozy, poetic idiom; fans celebrate the way his lyrics cast life in a clever, previously unimagined light. A tiny cantina in the...
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El Pelicano is a local spot recommended by some folks that live in the area. It's a lovely beachfront spot that drops 'fresh from the water' seafood on your plate, along with ice cold beer (or wine) to accompany it. The dining area is big, open...