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 …
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Los Comales

This convivial, popular local spot is run by a women’s collective. Come for traditional Guanacaste fare, such as arroz de mais (chicken and corn). Lunchtime is crowded which means slow service.
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Café Liberia

This beautifully restored colonial-era building has heavy wooden furniture and frescoed ceilings, creating a romantic ambience for rich coffee and gourmet fare. Simple food is taken to new levels: ceviche (seafood m…
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Pizza Pronto

This very cute, old-world pizzeria, where the wood is stacked next to the smoking courtyard oven, keeps it romantic and simple – just pizza, pasta and salads. The pizzas are delish, ranging from the recommended vege…
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…
Pizza in Monteverde & Santa Elena

Johnny’s Pizzería

Johnny’s has been serving up wood-fired, thin-crust pizzas in Cerro Plano since 1993. Keep it simple with a margherita or let Johnny impress you with one of his creative combos (like the Monteverde, with prosciutto,…
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…
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 …
Italian in Monteverde & Santa Elena

Pizzería Tramonti

Tramonti offers authentic Italian, specializing in fresh seafood, hearty pastas and wood-fired pizzas. There’s a decent selection of wines from Italy and Argentina. With a greenery-filled dining room twinkling with …
Fusion in Monteverde & Santa Elena


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…