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La Garza Bar y Restaurante

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  • Costa Rican

With weathered, blond-wood tables and chairs, and big windows with a view out onto the central park, La Garza is a popular meeting spot...

La Princesa Marina

  • $$
  • 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,...

La Puerta del Sol

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  • Costa Rican

A cut above the usual soda, this large, long-established restaurant across from the basilica has been feeding pilgrims for six decades.

Le Monastère

  • $$$$
  • French

This monastery-themed formal restaurant high in the San Rafael hills has a great view of the Central Valley. The dining room is dressed...

Plaza España

  • $$
  • Spanish

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

Restaurant 1910

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  • Costa Rican

Decorated with vintage photos of early-20th-century buildings and landscapes, this upscale restaurant also documents the disastrous 1910...

Restaurante Chubascos

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  • Costa Rican

Dine amid tall pines and colorful flowers on the upper slopes of Poás Volcano, enjoying a small menu of traditional Tico dishes that...

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...

Restaurante La Finca

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  • Costa Rican

This is a good place to stop for lunch when you need a break from shopping, with a variety of steaks, spicy chorizos (sausages), arroz...

Taj Mahal

  • $$$
  • Indian

This burst of northern Indian flavor is a surprising treat. Richly swathed in warm fuchsias, red ochers, and golds, the mansion's dining...


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