Gingerbread Hotel & Restaurant

restaurants / International

Gingerbread Hotel & Restaurant information

mains US$9-40
Opening hours
5-9pm Tue-Sat, lunch by reservation only
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Lonely Planet review

Make absolutely sure to book dinner reservations at the Gingerbread Hotel & Restaurant, one of the best restaurants in northwestern Costa Rica. You may even choose to stay at the charming boutique hotel built into the same stone house as the restaurant, but the thing here is the kitchen. With the freshest local fare providing the foundation for his weekly menus, Chef Eyal, the bigger than life Israeli who trained in Chicago and NYC, turns out transcendent meals and is choosy about his wine list, emphasizing top Chilean and Spanish vintners (wines US$30 to US$200). Portions are enormous and it's best to split and share. We loved the blackened tuna salad and the mushrooms smothered in creamy, parsley inflected gravy. It's big food that goes down smooth, and there’s no pretension in this very cozy, out-of-the-way, lake-view dining room with walls covered in paintings by artists in the community. A word to the wise: do not pass up dessert. Come prepared – credit cards are not accepted, and don't be alarmed if Eyal, shouts, sweats, dances and raps along to Naughty By Nature. It happens.