Arenal, Monteverde, and the Northern Lowlands Restaurants

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Café Caburé

  • $$
  • Argentine

Launched by Argentinean–Bostonian owners who longed for quality chocolate made from local cocoa, this remarkable restaurant-bakery-chocolateria...


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  • Costa Rican

In the wood-polished dining room of Hotel Belmar, this elegant restaurant, whose name means “sunset clouds,” is indeed the best place...

De Lucía

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  • Eclectic

Cordial Chilean owner José Belmar is the walking, talking (in five languages) menu here, and he's always on hand to chat with guests.

Don Rufino

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  • Eclectic

Although this is one of the more upscale restaurants in the area, there's no need to dress up here: this is La Fortuna, after all. The...


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  • Eclectic

Ignore the chalkboard menu and let chef Eyal guide you for what might just be the best meal you’ll have in Costa Rica. The Israeli...

La Choza de Laurel

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  • Costa Rican

The smell of rotisserie chicken, porterhouse steak, and fresh fish bathed in garlic attracts passersby to this open-air restaurant a...

Monteverde Beer House

  • $$
  • Middle Eastern

Middle Eastern food and craft beer are a rarity in Santa Elena (or anywhere in Costa Rica), but this bold combination has filled a void...


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  • Costa Rican

With its rain-forest murals, glass patios, and tree-stump tables, you’re never far from nature in this restaurant named for the mesmerizing...

Orchid Coffee Shop

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  • Bakery

It’s astonishing the level of culinary perfection that comes out of this A-frame shack. Yes, the menu is enormous, but take your time...

Pizzería de Johnny

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  • Italian

Sooner or later everyone makes it to this stylish but informal place with candles and white tablecloths. Thin-crust pizza is cooked in...