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Top Choice Mexican in Playa Tamarindo

Green Papaya

Swing on up to the bar for a breakfast burrito or pull up a tree-stump stool to sample the fantastic fare. The mahi-mahi tacos are perfection in a tortilla, while non-meat-eaters will appreciate the multiple veggie …
Top Choice Breakfast in Playa Tamarindo

La Bodega

This delightful shop and cafe specializes in unique combinations of ingredients, focusing on whatever is fresh, local and organic. For breakfast, it does amazing things with eggs, while lunch is a daily changing men…
Top Choice Cafe in Playa Tamarindo

Cafe 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. Pura vida.
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 octopus o…
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 inter…
International in Playa Tamarindo


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 (inc…
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, enhanc…
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 your…
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 yo…
French in Playa Tamarindo


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 pastry chef saves his best for last, with unholy black-and-wh…