Restaurants

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 Cafe in El Castillo

La Ventanita

La Ventanita is the ‘little window’ where you place your order. Soon enough, you’ll be devouring the best chifrijo (rice and pinto beans with fried pork, capped with fresh tomato salsa and corn chips) that you’ve ev…
Soda in La Fortuna

Soda Mima

Nothing fancy from afar, the love radiates outward from Don Alvaro's kitchen to warm your belly and your heart. Cheap, delicious casados (set meals) and gallo pintos are standard fare, but add some marinated peppers…
Cafe in Nuevo Arenal

Tinajas Arenal

With glorious sunsets and a dock for boat access, this is a hidden gem. The chef – who works in tandem with his talented mom – has created a menu of traditional favorites and new surprises, using fresh seafood and o…
Italian in La Fortuna

Anch’io Ristorante & Pizzeria

If you have a hankering for pizza, you can’t do better than Anch’io, where the crust is crispy thin, the toppings are plentiful and the pie is cooked in a wood-fired oven. Start yourself off with a traditional antip…
Soda in San Luis & Tronadora

Brisas Del Lago

If you don’t mind a little detour, here is your lunch stop between Monteverde and Arenal. Simple Tico fare is done with panache at this dressed-up soda. They marinate chicken breasts in their own BBQ sauce, skewer T…
International in La Fortuna

Restaurant Don Rufino

The vibe is trendy at this indoor-outdoor grill. The highlight is the perfectly prepared grilled meats: the New York Steak with mushrooms is to die for. If you’re cutting back, go for Grandma’s BBQ chicken (with cho…
Italian in Nuevo Arenal

Los Platillos Voladores

The plates really do fly out of this carry-out joint right in the center of Nuevo Arenal, which gets raves for its homemade pasta, roast chicken and fresh salads. It’s mostly Italian – the eggplant Parmesan is delec…
Cafe in Nuevo Arenal

Moya’s Place

Murals, masks and other indigenous-inspired art adorn the walls at this friendly cafe. Take your pick from the delicious sandwiches, well-stuffed wraps and burritos, and tasty thin-crust pizza. This place is a sort …
Cafe in La Fortuna

Rainforest Café

We know it’s bad form to start with dessert, but the irresistible sweets at this popular spot are beautiful to behold and delicious to devour. The savory menu features tasty burritos, casados, sandwiches etc. There’…