Saúl Bistro

Mediterranean in San José

There are life-sized plastic zebras in the dining room at this snazzy open-air restaurant that appeared (and became a sensation) in 2015. An extension of Saúl Mendez, the Guatemala-based empire of men's fashion, the restaurant is adorned with curious art, bubbling fountains and vertical gardens, and it serves delicious Mediterranean cuisine, savory crepes, fine wine and exquisite cocktails.

It's quite the scene; recently a newer location opened in fabulous Barrio Escalante.