Arenal, Monteverde, and the Northern Lowlands Restaurants

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Arenal, Monteverde, and the Northern Lowlands - browse our top choices for Restaurants during your stay.

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  • 1. Celajes

    $$$ | Costa Rican

    In the wood-polished dining room of Hotel Belmar, this elegant restaurant, whose name means “sunset clouds,” is indeed the best place to admire...Read More

  • 2. Orchid Coffee Shop

    $$ | Bakery

    An astonishing level of culinary perfection comes out of this A-frame shack serving breakfast, lunch, and early dinner. The menu is enormous...Read More

  • 3. Que Rico

    $$$ | Italian

    This lovely Italian-inspired restaurant adds touches of romance with wooden tables draped with red-and-white linens and soft music and candles...Read More

  • 4. Café Caburé

    $$ | Argentine

    This restaurant/bakery/chocolateria is one of only a few in Costa Rica that grinds its own cocoa beans. Start with a meal in the open-air restaurant...Read More

  • 5. Chipotle's

    $$ | Mexican

    Fresh bold flavors, local products, first-class service, and marvelous murals elevate this basic roadside restaurant to a delightful dining...Read More

  • 6. Don Rufino

    $$$ | Eclectic

    The L-shape bar fronting the main street is a popular expat and tourist hangout. The user-friendly menu is marked with symbols of chili peppers...Read More

  • 7. El Gran Abuelo

    $$ | Costa Rican

    There’s no shortage of steak houses near Arenal, but El Gran Abuelo pushes to the front of the pack with perfectly grilled steak. Tender and...Read More

  • 8. Gingerbread

    $$$ | Eclectic

    Choose from the ever-changing chalkboard menu or let the chef guide you through what might just be the best meal you’ll have in Costa Rica....Read More

  • 9. La Choza de Laurel

    $$ | Costa Rican

    The aroma of rotisserie chicken, porterhouse steak, and fresh fish bathed in garlic attracts passersby to this open-air restaurant a short walk...Read More

  • 10. Los Platillos Voladores

    $$ | Italian

    It might not look like much from the outside, but this Italian restaurant has homemade dishes like tortellini in sage butter, lasagna with bubbly...Read More

  • 11. Monteverde Beer House

    $$ | Middle Eastern

    Middle Eastern food and craft beer are rarities in Monteverde, but this bold combination has filled a void in the local culinary scene. An open...Read More

  • 12. Morpho's

    $$ | Costa Rican

    With its rain-forest murals, glass patios, and tree-stump tables, you’re never far from nature in this pleasant restaurant. Parsley potatoes...Read More

  • 13. Rain Forest Café

    $ | Costa Rican

    Reasonable prices and excellent quality have made this café a traveler’s favorite, with meals ranging from churrasco (grilled meat) and empanadas...Read More

  • 14. Soda y Pizzería La Parada

    $$ | Costa Rican

    La Fortuna's only late-night eatery (open until midnight) does a brisk business serving pizza, pasta, nachos, burgers, and grilled fish. There...Read More

  • 15. Sofía

    $$$ | Latin American

    Waiters in crisp black aprons scurry attentively around the three dining rooms here, serving a wide variety of dishes. Start with yuca croquettes...Read More

  • 16. Stella's Bakery

    $ | Café

    This local institution is a good place to get an early-morning fix before heading to the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Pastries, rolls, muffins,...Read More

  • 17. Tramonti

    $$ | Italian

    This glass-walled restaurant is warm and inviting, with dangling fairy lights, hardwood floors, candles dripping onto old wine bottles, and...Read More

  • 18. Tree House

    $$ | Eclectic

    It's more about the setting than the food and service at this two-story restaurant built around a 60-year-old ficus tree on Santa Elena's main...Read More

  • 19. La Lechería

    $ | Café

    Long before tourists flocked up here, dairy farming was the foundation of Monteverde's economy. Quakers still deliver dairy to what is locally...Read More

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