Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula Restaurants

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula - browse our top choices for Restaurants during your stay.

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  • 1. Café Liberia

    $$$ | French

    Step back 150 years into one of Liberia's grandest mansions, complete with an original ceiling painting of cupids, doves, and garlands of flowers...Read More

  • 2. Gusto Beach Creativo

    $$$ | Italian

    A romantic setting, ocean breezes, and a creative, Italian menu make this the most popular restaurant in Sámara. By day, rustic wooden tables...Read More

  • 3. Mama Gui

    $$ | Italian

    Elegant design aligns with ultra-sophisticated Italian cuisine at this exciting new restaurant. Italian recipes infused with tropical flavors...Read More

  • 4. Mario's Cuisine

    $$$$ | Seafood

    A set four-course dinner, by reservation only, served at 8 pm sharp, in the home of prodigy-chef Mario Rivera, makes this underground supper...Read More

  • 5. Nectar

    $$$ | Seafood

    Savor the experience of the Florblanca Resort's fabulous garden setting at this poolside alfresco restaurant. Fresh seafood is the specialty...Read More

  • 6. Pangas Beach Club

    $$$ | French

    You can’t get any closer to the water than at this outdoor beach garden, where rustic tables are shaded by enormous ficus trees draped with...Read More

  • 7. Playa de los Artistas

    $$$ | Italian

    Arty driftwood tables and sculpted chairs scattered along the rocky beach and an inventive Mediterranean menu have made this one of the most...Read More

  • 8. Playa Langosta Beach Club

    $$$ | French

    This beach club–restaurant–lounge–jazz club is the most romantic and sophisticated dining spot on the beach. By day, you can lounge by the pool...Read More

  • 9. Product C Playa Carmen

    $ | Seafood

    For the freshest, tastiest, and most affordable seafood in town, make a bee-line to this fish market and restaurant with the most entertaining...Read More

  • 10. Restaurant Deevena

    $$$ | French

    An unexpected outpost of divine French cuisine, this oasis of elegance overlooks a sparkling blue pool edged by lush palms, while lounge chairs...Read More

  • 11. Seasons by Shlomy

    $$$ | Mediterranean

    At his intimate, poolside restaurant in the casually chic Hotel Arco Iris, innovative chef Shlomy Koren, Israeli-born and Cordon Bleu–trained...Read More

  • 12. The Lookout

    $$ | Seafood

    As if the breathtaking view high in the hills above Playas del Coco weren't enough, the innovative menu at one of the few oyster bars in Costa...Read More

  • 13. Tres Hermanas Bar-B-Q & Grill

    $$$ | Barbecue

    You can't miss the giant white Brahman bull and the King Kong–size howler monkey at the turnoff from the Pan-American Highway, heading for the...Read More

  • 14. Ylang Ylang Restaurant

    $$$ | Vegetarian

    One of Montezuma's most scenic and sophisticated restaurants, Ylang Ylang is nestled between the beach and the jungle, offering views of waves...Read More

  • 15. Angelina’s

    $$$ | Italian

    Guanacaste-inspired and locally sourced, the cuisine here pays tribute to the owner's Italian roots. This restaurant is one of the area’s more...Read More

  • 16. Aqua Sport

    $$$ | Peruvian

    There’s not much “aqua sport” going on at this Peruvian beachfront restaurant, unless you count drinking margaritas in a hammock. It’s the kind...Read More

  • 17. Beach Box

    $ | Mexican

    On the dirt road to Playa Avellanas, just before you hit the water, is the appropriately named Beach Box—a breakfast joint serving fresh-squeezed...Read More

  • 18. Black Stallion Surf Saloon

    $$$$ | Barbecue

    This “Costa Rican cowboy saloon with a surfer twist” is a full-day experience that starts with zip lining, horseback riding, and ATV tours,...Read More

  • 19. Café de Paris

    $$ | Eclectic

    Vestiges of the original Swiss-French owners linger on at this bakery and alfresco eatery, open for breakfast and lunch. In addition to hearty...Read More

  • 20. Café Playa Negra

    $$ | Peruvian

    The stylish creation of Peruvian artist Andrea Raffo, this hacienda-like hall showcases her art, with squares of stained glass built into the...Read More

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