Cordial Chilean owner José Belmar is the walking, talking (in five languages) menu here, and he's always on hand to chat with guests. The handsome wooden restaurant with red mahogany tables is given a distinct South American flavor by an array of Andean tapestries and ceramics. Entrées include sea bass with garlic sauce and orange chicken served with grilled vegetables and fried plantains. They also boast the best hamburgers in town. An excellent dessert choice is tres leches (three milks), a richer-than-rich cake.
Turnoff to Jardín de Mariposas, off main road between Santa Elena and Monteverde, Cerro Plano, 60109, Costa Rica