Central America restaurants

Top Choice Fusion in Tortuguero Village

Wild Ginger

On a dirt path near the beach north of town, the simple, tucked-away place could be straight out of California or Portland (the owner has lived in both cities). It's dimly lit with paper lanterns, has a striking pai…
Top Choice European in San José

Park Café

At this felicitous fusion of antique shop and French restaurant, Michelin-starred chef Richard Neat offers an exquisite menu of smaller sampling plates (Spanish tapas–style), normal-sized mains, and a thoughtful win…
Top Choice Panamanian in Panama City

Lo Que Hay

Neighborhood fondas (cheap restaurants) serve cheap Panamanian classics, but this one – by Panama's top chef – delivers a massive twist. Sexy rice (concolón) has a crust of crisp perfection, served with smoked tomat…
Top Choice Food Hall in Ambergris Caye

Truck Stop

This absurdly cool shipping-container food park doubles as Ambergris Caye's entertainment hub, offering movie nights, adult spelling bees, live music, farmers markets and backyard games such as ping pong and cornhol…
Top Choice Breakfast in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Bread & Chocolate

Ever had a completely homemade PB&J, with bread, peanut butter and jelly all made from scratch? That and more can be yours at this dream of a cafe, serving sandwiches, soups and salads, and (of course) the treat…
Top Choice International in Nuevo Arenal

Gingerbread Hotel & Restaurant

Don’t miss the chance to eat at one of the best restaurants in northwestern Costa Rica, right on the lake. The larger-than-life, New York–trained Israeli chef turns out transcendent meals from the freshest local ing…
Top Choice Seafood in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Laszlo's

Whaddya get when you take a champion sport fisherman, born and raised in Transylvania, and transplant him to Puerto Viejo by way of New Jersey? Answer: an amazing, eclectic eatery with no sign and no menu that only …
Top Choice Seafood in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Mopri

You'd never know it from Mopri's dingy facade and cheap plastic tables, but this place serves some of the best seafood in Puerto Viejo. Choose your star ingredient – whole snapper, calamari, lobster or prawns. Then …
Top Choice Cheese in San Juan La Laguna

Café El Artesano

El Artesano offers one of Guatemala's best dining experiences. Let the staff guide you around the platter of two dozen cheeses (all produced in Guatemala and aged in-house), from creamy goat through blue to hard pec…
Top Choice Panamanian in Playa Venao

Panga

When chef Andres Morataya left award-winning Manolo Caracol and the hubbub of Panama City for Playa Venao, he opened this most inventive restaurant. The idea is to use products often discarded – deep-fried snapper g…