Ojochal's gourmet scene has been enhanced by this intime restaurant with an au courant Mediterranean menu, as well as an unbeatable view overlooking the sky, the sea, and a picturesque barrier island on the horizon. Sunsets here are spectacular, sometimes accompanied by pairs of scarlet macaws winging past at eye level. The well-priced menu suits the scene, with hummus and pita bread, delicately fried calamari, and goat cheese ravioli. The seafood soup is
chock full of shrimp and shellfish, and the pan-seared fish of the day can't be beat. For dessert, the standout item is the passion fruit pie, creamy and not too tart, balanced by a buttery cookie crust. The innovative pricing here is affordable: a main course is $15, two courses are $20, and three are $25 (plus tax and service). Thursday nights feature designer pizzas and salad. Service is a little uneven, but who cares when you have that view?
El Castillo Hotel, Off the Costanera Highway, Ojochal, Costa Rica