Restaurants

Pizza in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí

Restaurante y Pizzeria La Casona

The restaurant at Hotel Ara Ambigua is particularly recommended for its oven-baked pizza and traditional, homemade cuisine served in an open-air rancho (small house). If you're looking for something beyond the pizza…
Fusion in Chilamate & Around

Rusti Tico's

Here's a spot for the frugal gourmet. Chef Horacio prepares everything from spaghetti in white sauce, with patacones (plantain fritters) on the side, to steamed fish with vegetables, in a savory white mushroom gravy…
Soda in San Rafael de Guatuso

Soda La Suyapa

Recommended by locals as the best soda in this humble town, La Suyapa offers a fresh take on the traditional. Casados come with noodles and potato salad unless you request otherwise. Bebidas include options like fre…
Costa Rican in Chilamate & Around

Rancho Magallanes

Rancho Magallanes is a sweet roadside restaurant with a wood-burning brick oven where they roast whole chickens and serve them quite simply with tortillas and banana salsa. You can dine with the truckers by the road…
Steak in Muelle de San Carlos

Subasta Ganadera Sancarleña

Overlooking a bull pen, this place is bustling with hungry campesinos (farmers). It has an expansive menu of local dishes, and is a great spot for a cold beer. Come for lunch on Tuesday or Thursday to see the cattle…
Costa Rican in Upala

Rancho Don Horacio

If you need a place to rest your weary feet while awaiting the next bus (the terminal's just 300m away) you can't do much better than Horacio's. The decorations, as they are, consist of soccer paraphernalia and Elvi…
American in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí

Congo Jack's BBQ

Here's a clean, tiny box of a restaurant that seems to have borrowed its gleaming white tiles from the clinic next door. It's borrowed its menu, certainly, from North America, with BBQ pulled-pork sandwiches and oth…
Costa Rican in Los Chiles

Restaurante Heliconia

Across from the immigration office and next to Hotel Wilson Tulipán, this is a decent option for lunch or a smoothie. It also provides information on tours and transportation; ask Mayra about boat trips to Caño Negr…
Costa Rican in La Virgen

Restaurante Mar y Tierra

You can’t miss this roadside restaurant, set in an A-frame in the middle of town. The seafood and steak restaurant is popular with both locals and travelers. Try the arroz Mar y Tierra, a Tico take on surf and turf.
Soda in La Virgen

El Chante

This La Virgen favorite has welcoming service and the food is tasty and filling. The place is popular (and it has televisions) so it can get loud in the evenings. About 800m south of 'downtown' La Virgen, on the hig…