Restaurants

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…
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…
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…
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’…
Fast Food in La Fortuna

La Muerta

A slightly healthier take on fast food, this small stand features a lineup of Latin American favorites like tacos al pastor (shredded pork), choripan (sausage sandwich), and patacones (fried green plantains), as wel…
Sushi in La Fortuna

Kappa Sushi

When you’re surrounded by mountains and cattle farms, who’s thinking of sushi? Well, you should. The fish is fresh (you’re not that far from the ocean) and the preparations innovative. The dragon roll (shrimp tempur…
Italian in La Fortuna

Café Mediterraneo

This delightful osteria is worth the jaunt out of town, cooking up homemade pasta and pizza like the Arenal: bacon, egg, ham, mushroom and basil. Customers rave about the personable service and decadent desserts lik…
Vegetarian in La Fortuna

Orgánico Fortuna

A lovely little family operation that preaches better living through better eating, and the proof is in the pudding (or maybe the falafel). Delicious locally sourced ingredients are prepared with care. Smoothies, co…
International in La Fortuna

Lava Lounge

This hip, open-air restaurant is a relief when you just can’t abide another casado. There is pizza and pasta, wraps and salads, and loads of vegetarian options. Service can be variable during peak hours, but the pic…
Fusion in La Fortuna

Chifa La Familia Feliz

If you’re looking for a change of taste – a real change from casados and pizza – check this out. Chifa means ‘Chinese food’ in Peruvian-Spanish. So what we have here is Peruvian Chinese food, which is something spec…