Arenal, Monteverde, and the Northern Lowlands Restaurants

You'll never go hungry in this region. The north is the country's breadbasket, and the hotels and restaurants out here make use of the bounty to whip up the best in típico Costa Rican cuisine. Don’t be afraid to ask for tap water; it is safe to drink in all but the most rural areas. Service is generally slow but well worth the w
You'll never go hungry in this region. The north is the country's breadbasket, and the hotels and restaurants out here make use of the bounty to whip up the best in típico Costa Rican cuisine. Don’t be afraid to ask for tap water; it is safe to drink in all but the most
You'll never go hungry in this region. The north is the country's breadbasket, and the hotels and restaurants out here m

You'll never go hungry in this region. The north is the country's breadbasket, and the hotels and restaurants out here make use of the bounty to whip up the best in típico Costa Rican cuisine. Don’t be afraid to ask for tap water; it is safe to drink in all but the most rural areas. Service is generally slow but well worth the wait at most restaurants. Your final bill will include a 13% sales tax and a 10%–12% service charge, though we suggest you tip a little extra.

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  • 1. De Lucía

    $$$ | Eclectic

    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...Read More

  • 2. Don Rufino

    $$$ | Eclectic

    Although this is one of the more upscale restaurants in the area, there's no need to dress up here: this is La Fortuna, after all. The L-shape...Read More

  • 3. Gingerbread

    $$$ | Eclectic

    Ignore the chalkboard menu and let chef Eyal guide you for what might just be the best meal you’ll have in Costa Rica. The Israeli native (who...Read More

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Chimera

    $ | Eclectic

    You can mix and match small plates from the à la carte menu to make a filling meal out of two or three diverse minidishes such as sea bass with...Read More

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