Must see restaurants in La Fortuna

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    Soda Mima

    Though nothing fancy from afar, the love radiates outward from Mari and Alvaro's kitchen to warm your belly and your heart. Cheap, delicious casados (set…

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    Best place in town, hands down. Cesar cranks up weepy ranchera music while you drink in the atmosphere: a troika of sombreros and painted skulls complete…

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    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…

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    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…

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    Lava Lounge

    This open-air restaurant has become a go-to spot for post-activities lunch or dinner. There is pizza and pasta, wraps and salads, and loads of vegetarian…

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    Café Mediterraneo

    This delightful osteria is worth the trip, cooking up homemade pasta and pizza such as the Arenal: bacon, egg, ham, mushroom and basil. Customers rave…

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    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)…

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    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,…

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    Chifa La Familia Feliz

    If you’re looking for a change of taste – a real change from casados and pizza – check this out. Chifa is Peruvian Chinese fried rice, and chef Martin…

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    Soda Víquez

    Travelers adore the local flavor that’s served up at Soda Víquez (in all senses of the expression). It’s a super-friendly spot, offering tasty típico …

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    Gecko's Waterfall Grill

    What began as a snack counter on the last pass before La Fortuna waterfall has turned into a full-blown fusion excursion by Scott, famous for his love of…

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    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. There’s…

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    Plan B Sandwicheria

    You forgot to eat or pack a lunch before your hike? Plan B. Cheap, filling sandwich and omelette fillings at this corner stand include chicken, three…

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    La Cascada

    This thatched landmark has been around so long that the faltering palapa roof is almost as big an institution as the volcano it mimics. It has a small bar…

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    Restaurante y Pizzeria La Parada

    Facing Parque Central and all the street action, this popular soda does a brisk trade in, well, everything…from decent pizzas to satisfying tipica. Surely…

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    Soda la Hormiga

    Locally beloved and set conveniently next door to the bus station, this open-air lunch counter is one of the quaintest, cheapest sodas in town. It does…

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    Mega Super

    Next to the bus terminal, on the river road, this spacious supermarket is a good place to visit before that next long ride.

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    Super Cristian 2

    For groceries, stop by this well-stocked place on the southeast corner of Parque Central.