Restaurants

Top Choice Japanese in Mal País & Santa Teresa

Koji's

Koji Hyodo's sushi shack is a twinkling beacon of fresh, raw excellence. The atmosphere and service are superior, of course, but his food is a higher truth. The grilled octopus is barely fried and sprinkled with sea…
Top Choice Indian in Jacó

Namaste

You'll find this friendly little place by the delicious smells of Indian spices. Breakfast specials include shakshuka (Israeli-style eggs fried up with tomatoes and herbs), while the rest of the day you can feast on…
Asian in Playa Tamarindo

Dragonfly Bar & Grill

Dragonfly is beloved for its refined menu and its upscale tiki-bar atmosphere. The open-air dining room has twinkling lights and lanterns, with a subtle dragonfly motif throughout. The eclectic menu leans Asian, but…
Japanese in Jacó

Tsunami Sushi

Reservations are recommended at this sleek and popular sushi spot, one of the best on the central Pacific coast. We're particularly partial to their spicy tuna and ghost rolls, and cucumber martinis. Play your cards…
Asian in Turrialba

Wok & Roll

Pan-Asian cuisine, from Singapore-style noodles to Chinese steamed buns, fills the menu at this new eatery near Turrialba's main square. OK, perhaps they're overdoing the fusion thing with the Turri Volcano Roll (ma…
Sushi in La Fortuna

Kappa Sushi

When you’re surrounded by mountains and cattle farms, who’s thinking of sushi? Well, think of it. The fish is fresh (you’re not that far from the ocean) and the preparations are innovative. The dragon roll (shrimp t…
Sushi in Playa Herradura

Bambú

On the waterfront overlooking the rows of gleaming yachts, this spot serves an appropriate selection of Poseidon's subjects. We're particularly partial to the rolls called Dragon, Spicy Lobster and Sunburn (way bett…
Asian in Jacó

The Wok

The Wok's pan-Asian menu is courtesy of the Dutch owner who lived in Asia for a while and it's reliably good – especially the stir-fries and the ribs (only available on Wednesdays). The scattered tables facing Jacó'…
Sushi in Dominical

Dominical Sushi

In an open-air setting overlooking the River Barú, this beachfront sushi place takes advantage of the fresh tuna and other fish caught daily in Dominical. We're big fans of their tuna sashimi and unagi and rainbow r…
Asian in San José

Restaurante Tin-Jo

The interiors of this popular Asian standard-bearer are a riot of pan-Asian everything, just like the menu. Expect a wide range of fare from various regions – from kung pao shrimp to spicy tuna maki to pad thai – as…