Linger over a fine French-accented dinner at this chic but casual terrace restaurant—it's truly one of the best dining experiences in Costa Rica. Come early to catch the spectacular sunset view over the ocean from the popular second-floor cocktail lounge perched on a breezy hillside. Chef/owner Jean-Luc Taulere represents the eighth generation of a family of French restaurateurs, so of course there is traditional French onion soup and chateaubriand for two on the menu.
Even more interesting are young Jean-Luc's creative fusions of French tradition with tropical flavors, such as duck confit served with a polenta cake and fresh plum sauce. For smaller appetites there's a menu of medium-size dishes, such as yuca-encrusted yellowfin tuna with a citrus reduction sauce. Popular starters include the restaurant's signature dish: coco del mar, a not-to-be-missed mélange of local seafood, flavored with ginger and lemongrass and cooked in lobster stock and fresh coconut milk. Instead of classic crème brûlée, there's a guava flan, along with cool and luscious homemade coconut ice cream. An extensive wine cellar matches the sophisticated menu, and you can sample 20 or so wines by the glass. Service is faultless and smoothly professional.
150 m uphill (west) from Flamingo Marina Resort, Flamingo, Costa Rica