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Bar y Restaurante Coto

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  • Costa Rican

A local institution since 1952, this large rancho restaurant and bar is famous for its huge meat platters—we're talking 1 to 1½ kilos...

Bar y Restaurante El Mirador

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  • Eclectic

Perched on a ridge several miles north of town, El Mirador has a sweeping view of the Central Valley that is impressive by day but more...

Barbecue Los Anonos

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  • Barbecue

For decades, Costa Ricans have flocked to Los Anonos to enjoy its family-friendly grill fest. The original dining room, a rustic collection...

Barco de los Mariscos

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  • Costa Rican

For an authentic Tico experience, head to this antique hacienda in San Rafael de Heredia for lunch or dinner on the veranda, with a view...

Jalapeños Central

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  • Mexican

Tasty, hearty, filling Tex-Mex food and a gregarious owner make this basic downtown joint a great place for lunch or dinner. Everybody...

L'Antica Roma

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  • Italian

More than 40 versions of pizza baked in a wood-burning oven are the main event at this popular, upscale Italian eatery. Every pizza comes...

La Casona del Cafetal

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  • Costa Rican

The valley's most scenic and famous lunch stop sits on a coffee plantation overlooking the Cachí Reservoir. It's firmly on the beaten...

La Princesa Marina

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  • Seafood

This large open-air eatery (part of a small chain) at the intersection of the old Alajuela–Grecia road and the road to La Garita is...

Plaza España

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  • Spanish

Generous portions of Spanish tapas and entrées draw diners to this whitewashed adobe house up the hill near San Antonio de Escazú.

Restaurante La Feria

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  • Costa Rican

A permanent exhibition of local art and the expertise of the owner make this a worthwhile stop. This pleasant, family-style restaurant...