Restaurants

Top Choice Costa Rican in San Gerardo de Dota

Restaurant Le Tapir

With 270-degree views of the valley, this glass-encased restaurant specializes in homemade pasta, rainbow trout and mouthwatering steaks, all garnished with organic herbs fresh from the onsite garden. The breakfast …
Top Choice International in San Isidro de El General

Urban Farm Cafe

With its 'from farm to table' motto, this delightful cafe single-handedly pushes San Isidro's dining scene up a big notch. Breakfast options range from 'Hawaiian-style' macadamia pancakes with banana to veggie omele…
Top Choice Costa Rican in San Gerardo de Rivas

Antojos de Maíz

For all things corn, stop at this traditional roadside restaurant on your way to or from the mountain. Our favorite here is the chorreada, a traditional sweet pancake made with fresh white or yellow corn and served …
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…
Cafe in San Gerardo de Dota

Café Kahawa

With alfresco tables sitting above the river, funky skull art and sparkling fish tanks filled with fingerling trout, this atmospheric spot prepares trout in many excellent ways (and there are a few nonfishy dishes).…
Costa Rican in San Gerardo de Dota

Restaurante Los Lagos

Set amid gardens, ponds and a splashing fountain, this is the place to catch your own trout and have it seasoned, lightly breaded and then deep-fried for lunch, alongside some french fries made from locally grown po…
Costa Rican in Santa María de Dota

Soda G&A

One of our favorite sodas (lunch counters) in the region, this cute little family-run joint serves up casados (set meals), olla de carne (beef stew) and other local specialties made with more inspiration and verve t…
International in San Isidro de El General

Bazookas

Toward the north exit from San Isidro and memorable for its bubblegum pink signage, this diner caters to hungry travelers with a good mix of Tico dishes (decent gallo pinto), vast breakfast platters involving bacon,…
Seafood in San Isidro de El General

La Casa del Marisco

Since this unpretentious seafood spot is usually slammed at lunchtime, it's best to come during off hours for its several daily varieties of ceviche, fresh fish or shrimp prepared as you like it (plus pastas, burger…
Cafe in San Isidro de El General

Kafe de la Casa

Set in an old Tico house, this bohemian cafe features eclectic artwork, an open kitchen and breezy garden seating. The menu has excellent breakfasts, light lunches, gourmet dinners and plenty of coffee drinks. Veggi…