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 Cafeteria in San Isidro de Heredia

Bromelias del Río

Ensconced in a tropical garden by a mountain stream, this bakery-restaurant tempts with spiked coffee drinks (hot mocha with Baileys and chocolate syrup) and decadent sandwiches, some piled high with lomito (steak),…
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 Asian in Turrialba

Wok & Roll

Pan-Asian cuisine fills the menu at this eatery near the main square. Enjoy sushi rolls and sashimi, teriyaki or sweet-and-sour chicken, Thai curry, wontons and other Asian favorites, plus tempura ice cream for dess…
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…
Costa Rican in San Isidro de Heredia

Casa Antigua Café & Restaurante

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in this atmospheric century-old colonial house with hardwood floors, painted ceilings, stained-glass windows, period furniture and detailed alcoving. Order a Baileys espresso 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 …
Spanish in San Isidro de Heredia

Casa Azul

Tucked away just off Hwy 32 in a quaint little blue house adorned with blue curtains, antiques and hardwood floors, this Spanish–Costa Rican fusion restaurant is one of the Central Valley's most romantic spots. Popu…