Restaurants

Top Choice Mexican in Monteverde & Santa Elena

Taco Taco

Quick and convenient, this taquería (taco stall) offers tasty Tex-Mex tacos, and burritos and quesadillas filled with shredded chicken. There's also slow-roasted short rib, roasted veggies and battered mahimahi. The…
Top Choice Cafe in Monteverde & Santa Elena

Orchid Coffee

Feeling peckish? Go straight to this lovely Santa Elena cafe, filled with art and light. Grab a seat on the front porch and take a bite of heaven. It calls itself a coffee shop, but there’s a full menu of traditiona…
Cafe in Monteverde & Santa Elena

Tree House Restaurant & Café

It’s a fine line between hokey and happy. But this restaurant – built around a half-century-old higuerón (fig) tree – definitely raises a smile. There’s a menu of well-prepared if overpriced standards, from ceviche …
International in Monteverde & Santa Elena

El Jardín

Arguably the ‘finest’ dining in the area. The menu is wide ranging, always highlighting the local flavors. But these are not your typical tipica (traditional plates) – beef tenderloin served on a sugarcane kebab, an…
Fusion in Monteverde & Santa Elena

d’Sofia

With its Nuevo Latino cuisine – a modern fusion of traditional Latin American cooking styles – d'Sofia has established itself as one of the best places in town. Think plantain-crusted sea bass, seafood chimichanga o…
Steak in Monteverde & Santa Elena

Toro Tinto

This Argentinean steakhouse lures in customers with soft lighting and a cozy brick-and-wood interior. It keeps them sated with steaks that are perfectly cut and grilled to order, plus unexpected specials and delicio…
Chicken in Monteverde & Santa Elena

Raulito's Pollo Asado

Scrappy street dogs and chatty taxistas vie for attention at this porcelain-countered wonder. Watch as golden, crispy morsels are transferred from the spit to your plate with a heap of rice, fries, salad or gallo pi…
International in Monteverde & Santa Elena

Morpho’s Restaurant

Dine among gushing waterfalls and fluttering butterflies at this downtown restaurant. Some call it ‘romantic,’ others call it ‘kitschy’ – but nobody can dispute the varied menu, which combines local ingredients with…
Soda in Monteverde & Santa Elena

Sabor Tico

Ticos and travelers alike rave about this local joint. Look for tasty twists on the standard fare, such as olla de carne (beef soup), chorreadas Ticas (fried corn cakes with sour cream) and tamales (holiday fare, ty…
Vegetarian in Monteverde & Santa Elena

Passi Flora

Good for the body, good for the soul and good for the earth. That’s what this joint strives for in its menu of vegetarian and vegan delights. It’s a pretty comprehensive offering, with sandwiches, salads, pasta, ric…