Top ChoiceFood Hall in Playa Tamarindo

El Mercadito

Travelers with diets and preferences that differ from their companions' will appreciate the wide range of offerings at this breezy, buzzing artisanal food marketplace. Options include poke, pizza, arepas,...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Playa Tamarindo

Pangas Beach Club

Tamarindo's best restaurant, and an ideal place for marking a special occasion. It's perched on the sand where an estuary meets the sea, with candle-lit tables beneath swaying palm and ficus trees hung with...

Top ChoiceCafe in Playa Tamarindo

La Bodega

This delightful cafe and shop specializes in freshly brewed java, but also serves fresh, local and organic foods. For breakfast, it does amazing things with eggs, while lunch is a daily changing menu of...

Mediterranean in Playa Tamarindo

Seasons by Shlomy

Don’t leave town without eating here. Israeli chef Shlomy offers a short list of carefully selected and perfectly prepared dishes. Depending on the availability of ingredients, you might start with grilled...

Gastropub in Playa Tamarindo

Jolly Roger

These chicken wings are so darn good, people plan their days around them. The meaty, oversized wings are a perfect combo of crunchy and tender, but it's the 24 different sauces that truly set these apart. Hot...

Asian in Playa Tamarindo

Dragonfly Bar & Grill

Beloved for its refined menu and its upscale tiki-bar atmosphere, this open-air dining room has twinkling lights and lanterns, with a subtle dragonfly motif throughout. The eclectic menu leans Asian, but fuses...

International in Playa Tamarindo

Sprout

Sprout specializes in – wait for it – healthy food. Here, 'healthy' is a code word for fresh, nutritious and delicious, with a menu featuring giant salad bowls, veggie wraps and straight-out-of-the-surf seafood...

Burgers in Playa Tamarindo

Surf Shack

If you are craving a big bad burger, Surf Shack has you covered with a good selection of patties, thick-cut onion rings and irresistible milkshakes. Tin-can walls and surfboard decor create a laid-back vibe,...

Cafe in Playa Tamarindo

Café Tico

Walk in. Take a deep breath. Smell the magic brewing? On the wall it says, 'good days start with coffee.' Sip it on the shady patio while snacking on a homemade pastry. Or a breakfast burrito. Or an omelette....

Costa Rican in Playa Tamarindo

El Casado del Carro

Doña Rosa has been delivering top-notch casados from her late-model red Toyota hatchback for more than a decade. Her devoted Tico following lines up daily at noon, and she generally sells out by 2pm. You'll get...

French in Playa Tamarindo

Utopia

Pastry chef Hervé is out to impress with dishes including creamy chicken vol-au-vent, moules marinière (mussels in white wine) and a passel of veggie dishes. But the best is saved for last, with unholy...

Cafe in Playa Tamarindo

Nordico Coffee House

A Danish-Guatemalan couple have created this clean, well-lit place to eat and people-watch, towering above Tamarindo Plaza. The blue-and-white tiled walls, decorated with whale themes, shine brightly, and the hip...

Mexican in Playa Tamarindo

Green Papaya

Swing on up to the bar, grab a tree-stump stool, and prepare to sample some fantastic fare. The mahi-mahi tacos are perfection in a tortilla, while non-meat-eaters will appreciate the multiple veggie options...

Books in Playa Tamarindo

Jaime Peligro

If you're still into the non-downloadable beach tome, 'Jimmy Danger' is your man. He's got a treasure trove of used travel guides, fiction, CDs and DVDs in a couple of languages. Bring your purchase right over to...

Sports Bar in Playa Tamarindo

Sharky’s

If you want to catch the big game, look no further than Sharky's. Besides nine screens showing sports, there are burgers, wings and lots of beer. There's a nightly lineup of fun and games, including karaoke night...

Pizza in Playa Tamarindo

La Baula

The best pizza in Tamarindo, by some accounts. This casual open-air restaurant has 28 different pizzas with a wide variety of toppings, as well as salads. It’s also one of the most family-friendly restaurants in...

Bar in Playa Tamarindo

El Be!

Formerly Le Beach Club, this place has changed languages (and added an exclamation point!) but the cool vibe remains the same. Lounge on beach beds or hammocks and listen to the DJ's tunes. Happy hour (5pm to...

Soda in Playa Tamarindo

El Sabor de la Vida

Down at the roundabout at the end of the beach, a hole-in-the-wall to fill the hole in your stomach. Milady has been feeding locals wholesome casados and whole-fish plates for years in this unpretentious room....

Seafood in Playa Tamarindo

Nogui's

This friendly fish shack has one of the best beachfront locations in town. It's a perfect perch for a sunset drink or seafood dinner. There's nothing special going on with the food (you can't miss with the mixed...

Lebanese in Playa Tamarindo

Falafel Bar

When you get tired of casados, head to this Middle Eastern cafe for all the faves: shakshuka, shawarma, falafel, tabbouleh, hummus and kebabs. The pita bread is made fresh daily. Fresh juice and coffee in the...