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 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 trea…
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 Cafe in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Café Rico

Home to some of Puerto Viejo's best house-roasted coffee, and natural smoothies such as probiotic ginger ale, this cozy garden cafe serves breakfast (yogurt and strawberries, omelets). A plethora of other services i…
Top Choice Caribbean in Tortuguero Village

Taylor's Place

Low-key atmosphere and high-quality cooking come together beautifully at this backstreet eatery southwest of the soccer field. The inviting garden setting, with chirping insects and picnic benches spread under color…
Top Choice Steak in Cahuita

Palenque Luisa Casa de Carnes

In the corner veranda of an old house, this cozy, candle-lit spot specializes in delicious red-wine-covered filet mignon, tenderloin and T-bone steaks. You'll also find plenty of other savory treats, including chick…
Top Choice Caribbean in Playa Cocles, Playa Chiquita and Punta Uva

Selvin’s Restaurant

Selvin has been serving Caribbean food since 1982 and his place is considered one of the region’s best, specializing in shrimp, sautéed lobster in butter, garlic and onion, T-bone steak, a terrific rondón (seafood g…
Top Choice Caribbean in Tortuguero Village

Miss Junie’s

Over the years, Tortuguero’s best-known and most delicious Caribbean eatery has grown from a personal kitchen to a full-blown restaurant. Prices have climbed accordingly, but the menu remains true to its roots: jerk…
Top Choice Caribbean in Puerto Limón

Soda El Patty

This beloved nine-table Caribbean eatery, with football memorabilia on the walls, serves up delicious patí (flaky beef turnovers stuffed with onion, spices and Panamanian peppers), along with sweet plantain tarts an…