The Basics

A handful of finer restaurants merit a reservation. Keep 'Tico time' in mind and all will be cool when you dine out.

Sodas Basic cafeteria-type eateries with plenty of economical set-meal rice dishes and soups.

Chains Bigger cities have international and local chains like McDonald's and KFC, with wi-fi and suchlike modern amenities.

Cafes Most tourist towns have a couple of cafes with good Tico coffee drinks and a smattering of sandwiches.

International Heavily trafficked towns feature sushi, Italian, French and other international fare.

Bar food Most bars serve bocas (snacks), and many have Western grub like burgers.