Arenal, Monteverde, and the Northern Lowlands Restaurants

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Café Caburé

  • $$
  • Argentine

Launched by Argentinean–Bostonian owners who longed for quality chocolate made from local cocoa, this restaurant-bakery-chocolateria...

El Gran Abuelo

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  • 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...

La Choza de Laurel

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  • Costa Rican

The smell of rotisserie chicken, porterhouse steak, and fresh fish bathed in garlic attracts passersby to this open-air restaurant a...

La Lechería

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  • Café

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

Los Platillos Voladores

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  • Italian

It might not look like much from the outside, but this Italian restaurant has homemade dishes like tortellini in sage butter, lasagne...

Monteverde Beer House

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  • Middle Eastern

Middle Eastern food and craft beer are a rarity in Santa Elena (or anywhere in Costa Rica), but this bold combination has filled a void...


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  • Costa Rican

With its rain-forest murals, glass patios, and tree-stump tables, you’re never far from nature in this restaurant named for the mesmerizing...

Orchid Coffee Shop

  • $$
  • Bakery

It’s astonishing the level of culinary perfection that comes out of this A-frame shack. Yes, the menu is enormous, but take your time...

Pizzería de Johnny

  • $$
  • Italian

Since 1993, travelers have been making their way to this stylish but informal Italian restaurant with candles and white tablecloths.

Soda y Pizzería La Parada

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  • Costa Rican

La Fortuna's only late-night eatery does a brisk business, and it's a convenient place to grab a quick, cheap meal and stock up on snacks...


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