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 Liberia

Mariajuana

It's moved across town, but its dreamcatchers, African masks and cat-themed art are still all the rage. Sip a regional Guanaca beer (made with local honey for a sweet finish) while swinging under the giant mango tre…
Top Choice Costa Rican in Liberia

Region 5

'Costa Rican by birth, Guanacasteco, thank god!' boasts this new steakhouse, named for the province and set in the historic home of beloved Liberian doctor Enrique Briceño. Lunches feature Nicoyan treats including c…
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 Liberia

Café Liberia

This beautifully restored colonial-era building has heavy wooden furniture and frescoed ceilings, creating a romantic ambience for enjoying rich coffee and gourmet fare. French chef Sebastian and his Tica wife Lijia…
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…
Steak in Liberia

Toro Negro Steakhouse

Located in a beautiful colonial-era building, this family-friendly restaurant has an extensive Italian-Tico menu specializing in meat dishes such as New York strip steak, filet mignon and burgers. The rustic interio…