Top Choice French in Parque Nacional Volcán Poás

Colbert Restaurant

At this charming restaurant 6km east of Poasito, the toque-clad, mustachioed French chef Joël Suire looks like he’s straight out of central casting. Naturally, the menu is loaded with traditional French items such a…
Top Choice Cafe in Turrialba


This bright-walled cafe serves up one of the best coffee treats in the country – a frozen caffeine concoction with gooey maracuyá (passion fruit) syrup and crunchy seeds. Dishes include veggie wraps, creative salads…
Top Choice Latin American in Montezuma

Cocina Clandestina

The secret is out. The hottest new restaurant in Montezuma is this awesome, artistic place in the trees at the butterfly gardens. Look for innovative takes on Central American standards, such as daily changing taco …
Cafe in West End of Laguna de Arenal

Café y Macadamia

We should start by acknowledging that $4 is a lot for a muffin, BUT these banana macadamia nut muffins are irresistible, especially when accompanied by a cup of Costa Rica coffee and a spectacular view over Laguna d…
Barbecue in West End of Laguna de Arenal

Equus Bar-Restaurant

Follow your nose to this authentic stone-built tavern, 14.5km west of Nuevo Arenal, where the meat is cooked in an open fire pit, producing decadent, delicious aromas. Take a seat at a wooden-slab picnic table and d…
Costa Rican in Orosi to Paraíso

La Casona del Cafetal

This charming lakeside restaurant is situated in the middle of a coffee plantation and is especially popular with local families on buffet Sundays ($25). Specialties include fresh river trout and coffee-laced desser…
Costa Rican in Turrialba

La Feria

This unremarkable-looking eatery has friendly service and excellent, reasonably priced home cooking. Sometimes the kitchen gets a bit backed up, but the hearty casados (typical dishes with beans, rice, a small salad…
Supermarket in Turrialba


Self-caterers can find supplies at the well-stocked MegaSuper.
Costa Rican in Cañas

Rincón Corobicí

A great lunch stop, this attractive Swiss-run restaurant is 4km north of Cañas on the banks of the Río Corobicí. A terrace provides river and garden views, and a short trail follows the riverbank, where you can take…
Costa Rican in San Gerardo de Dota

La Comida Típica Miriam

One of the first places you will pass in San Gerardo, about 6km from the Interamericana, is this cozy house advertising comida típica – regional specialties. Eating here is almost like receiving a personal invitatio…