Restaurants

Top Choice Fusion in Alajuela

Valedi Food

The food is excellent at this hip new, fairy-lit, open-air restaurant featuring simple white walls, wooden benches, hammocks and hanging plants. A build-it-yourself menu of organic, gluten-free and vegan creations i…
Top Choice Mexican in Alajuela

Jalapeños Central

Offering the best Tex-Mex in the country, this popular 11-table spot will introduce some spice into your diet. The simple and fresh burritos, chimichangas and enchiladas come in a meal deal or on their own, and rega…
Top Choice French in Parque Nacional Volcán Poás

Colbert Restaurant

At this charming restaurant 6km east of Poasito, the toque-clad, mustachioed French chef Joël Suire looks like he’s straight out of central casting. Naturally, the menu is loaded with traditional French items such a…
Fusion in San Ramón

Merak Fusion and Soda Ata

Two eateries operate out of this new space with hardwood floors and simple, clean decor. By day it's a soda, selling soup and rice dishes; in the evening it becomes a fusion restaurant with creations like Portobello…
Costa Rican in La Garita

La Casona del Maíz

La Casona del Maíz is hugely popular among Tico families, who come to enjoy proper country cooking. The menu is heavy on the grilled meats and corn dishes, though there are veggie casados too. The chorreadas are exc…
International in Alajuela

Xandari

If you want to impress a date, you can’t go wrong at this elegant restaurant with incredible views. The menu is a mix of Costa Rican and international, with plenty of vegetarian options. The restaurant utilizes the …
Costa Rican in Atenas

Restaurant La Trocha del Boyero

Tico families and local expats crowd the pleasant deck here for the variety of casados (set meals) on offer, fresh trout (in season), sirloin and heaping bowls of chifrijo (rice and beans with fried pork, corn chips…
Breakfast in Parque Nacional Volcán Poás

Freddo Fresas

This homey spot looks as though it was built from oversize Lincoln logs. It's known for heavenly strawberry smoothies (milky ones beat watery ones) and large, piping-hot breakfasts that fuel some serious hikes. For …
Vegetarian in Alajuela

El Chante Vegano

A healthy power couple run this eatery specializing in healthy organic food. Vegan treats – including garbanzo and portobello-mushroom burgers, falafel, textured-soy-protein nachos, pasta, pizza and sandwiches like …
Steak in Zarcero

Hereford Steak House

When in cowboy country, hit the steak house. With plenty of steer horns, saddles, lassos and other equine memorabilia decorating the walls, this longtime favorite grills up New York strip, filet mignon and other mou…