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…
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…
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…
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 …
Barbecue in West End of Laguna de Arenal

Equus Bar-Restaurant

Follow your nose to this authentic stone-built tavern, 14.5km west of Nuevo Arenal, where the meat is cooked in an open fire pit, producing decadent, delicious aromas. Take a seat at a wooden-slab picnic table and d…
Cafe in West End of Laguna de Arenal

Café y Macadamia

We should start by acknowledging that $4 is a lot for a muffin, BUT these banana macadamia nut muffins are irresistible, especially when accompanied by a cup of Costa Rica coffee and a spectacular view over Laguna d…
Bakery in Nuevo Arenal

Tom’s Pan

Better known as the ‘German bakery,’ thanks to the signs that litter the lake road, this landmark is a famous rest stop for road-trippers heading to/from Tilarán. Its breads, strudels and cakes are all homemade, and…
Soda in Nuevo Arenal

Las Delicias

A cheap and cheerful soda near the top of the hill as you approach town, with ample wooden-table seating. It does Western-style breakfasts, pasta dishes, quesadillas and grilled steaks on the cheap, but it’s known f…