Restaurants

Top Choice Cafe in Monteverde & Santa Elena

Orchid Coffee

If you’re feeling peckish, go straight to this lovely cafe in Santa Elena, filled with art and light. Take a seat on the front porch and take a bite of heaven. It calls itself a coffee shop, but there’s a full menu …
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 makes us happy. There’s a menu of well-prepared if overpriced standards, from ceviche …
Mexican in Monteverde & Santa Elena

Taco Taco

Quick and convenient, this taquería offers tasty Tex-Mex tacos, burritos and quesadillas filled with shredded chicken, slow-roasted short rib, roasted veggies and battered mahimahi. The only difficulty is deciding (…
Steak in Monteverde & Santa Elena

Toro Tinto

A Santa Elena newcomer, this Argentinean steakhouse lures in customers with soft lighting and a cozy brick and wood interior. And it keeps them sated with steaks that are perfectly cut and grilled to order, not to m…
Fusion in Monteverde & Santa Elena

d’Sofia

Sofia has established itself as one of the best places in town with its Nuevo Latino cuisine – a modern fusion of traditional Latin American cooking styles. Think plaintain crusted sea bass, seafood chimichanga or b…
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: beef tenderloin served on a sugarcane kebab, pan-fried trout topped w…
Ice Cream in Monteverde & Santa Elena

Monteverde Cheese Factory Outlet

Now you don’t have to trek all the way down to the Monteverde Cheese Factory to get the most delicious ice cream in Costa Rica. Just pop into this ice cream parlor in central Santa Elena and order yourself a scoop o…
Soda in Monteverde & Santa Elena

Sabor Tico

Ticos and travelers alike rave about this local Santa Elena joint. Look for some tasty twists on the standard fare, such as sopa da olla (beef soup), chorreada Tica (fried corn cakes) and tamales (holiday fare, typi…
Cafe in Monteverde & Santa Elena

Café Caburé

This Argentine cafe above the Bat Jungle in Monteverde specializes in creative and delicious everything, from sandwiches on homemade bread and fresh salads, to more elaborate fare like sea bass in almond sauce or fi…
International in Monteverde & Santa Elena

Morpho’s Restaurant

Dine among gushing waterfalls and fluttering butterflies at this downtown restaurant in Santa Elena. Some call it ‘romantic,’ others call it ‘kitschy’ – but nobody can dispute the excellent, sophisticated menu, whic…