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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...

Coffee Dreams Café

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  • Costa Rican

Breakfasts are tasty and filling at this small café just north of the cathedral. Gallo pinto leads the early-morning menu, although,...

Delicias de Mi Tierra

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  • Costa Rican

A string of típico Costa Rican restaurants line this road, and make for popular weekend dining spots for Ticos. The "Delights of My...

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...


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  • Costa Rican

All the cooking here is done with wood, which adds to the rustic ambience of terra-cotta floors, bare wooden beams, and sylvan surroundings...

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,...


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