Central Valley Restaurants

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  • 1. Taj Mahal

    $$$ | Indian

    This burst of northern Indian flavor is a surprising treat. Richly swathed in warm fuchsias, red ochers, and golds, the mansion's dining area...Read More

  • 2. Andiamo Là

    $$$ | Italian

    One of the Central Valley's trendiest restaurants stands out with its daily fish and meat specials, including starter carpaccios of salmon,...Read More

  • 3. Bacchus

    $$$ | Eclectic

    Take a Peruvian chef who trained in France and an Italian owner, and the result is this welcome addition to the local dining scene serving,...Read More

  • 4. Bar y Restaurante Coto

    $$ | Costa Rican

    A local institution since 1952, this large rancho restaurant and bar is famous for its huge meat platters—we're talking 1 to 1½ kilos (2¼ to...Read More

  • 5. Bar y Restaurante El Mirador

    $$ | Eclectic

    Perched on a ridge several miles north of town, El Mirador has a sweeping view of the Central Valley that is impressive by day but more beautiful...Read More

  • 6. Barbecue Los Anonos

    $$ | Barbecue

    For decades, Costa Ricans have flocked to Los Anonos to enjoy its family-friendly grill fest. The original dining room, a rustic collection...Read More

  • 7. Chez Christophe

    $ | French

    Escazú's very own French-style bistro makes a great place for a breakfast or lunch of sandwiches on baguettes or croissants—the ham or smoked...Read More

  • 8. Coffee Dreams Café

    $$ | Costa Rican

    Breakfasts are tasty and filling at this small café just north of the cathedral. Gallo pinto leads the early-morning menu, although, in true...Read More

  • 9. Delicias de Mi Tierra

    $$ | Costa Rican

    A string of típico Costa Rican restaurants line this road, and make for popular weekend dining spots for Ticos. The "Delights of My Land" is...Read More

  • 10. Jalapeños Central

    $$ | Mexican

    Tasty, hearty, filling Tex-Mex food and a gregarious owner make this basic downtown joint a great place for lunch or dinner. Everybody seems...Read More

  • 11. Jaulares

    $$ | Costa Rican

    All the cooking here is done with wood, which adds to the rustic ambience of terra-cotta floors, bare wooden beams, and sylvan surroundings...Read More

  • 12. L'Antica Roma

    $$ | Italian

    More than 40 versions of pizza baked in a wood-burning oven are the main event at this popular, upscale Italian eatery. Every pizza comes with...Read More

  • 13. La Casona del Cafetal

    $$ | Costa Rican

    The valley's most scenic and famous lunch stop sits on a coffee plantation overlooking the Cachí Reservoir. It's firmly on the beaten path,...Read More

  • 14. La Garza Bar y Restaurante

    $ | Costa Rican

    With weathered, blond-wood tables and chairs, and big windows with a view out onto the central park, La Garza is a popular meeting spot with...Read More

  • 15. La Princesa Marina

    $$ | Seafood

    This large open-air eatery (part of a small chain), at the intersection of the old Alajuela–Grecia road and the road to La Garita, is popular...Read More

  • 16. La Puerta del Sol

    $ | Costa Rican

    A cut above the usual soda, this large, long-established restaurant across from the basilica has been feeding pilgrims for six decades. Along...Read More

  • 17. Le Monastère

    $$$$ | French

    This monastery-themed formal restaurant high in the San Rafael hills has a great view of the Central Valley. The dining room is dressed up in...Read More

  • 18. Plaza España

    $$ | Spanish

    Generous portions of Spanish tapas and entrées draw diners to this whitewashed adobe house up the hill near San Antonio de Escazú. Wooden-bench...Read More

  • 19. Restaurant 1910

    $ | Costa Rican

    Decorated with vintage photos of early-20th-century buildings and landscapes, this upscale restaurant also documents the disastrous 1910 earthquake...Read More

  • 20. Restaurante Chubascos

    $ | Costa Rican

    Dine amid tall pines and colorful flowers on the upper slopes of Poás Volcano, enjoying a small menu of traditional Tico dishes that include...Read More

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