Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula Restaurants

Seafood and fresh fish are tops here, followed by fast food—pizza, tacos, barbecue—to satisfy the hordes of hungry surfers and beachgoers. But there are many sophisticated restaurants, too, offering Asian-fusion, Italian, French, and international cuisine, especially in the tourist-heavy beach towns of Hermosa, Flamingo, Tamarindo, Nosara, and Sámara. Many restaurants, especially tourist-oriented ones with dollar-denominated menus, do not include the 13% tax plus mandatory 12% service. By law, menus are required to show the total price including tax, but many owners flout this law. Be sure to ask if taxes are included; otherwise you may be surprised by a bill that’s 25% higher than you expected.

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  • 1. Cactus

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    It's easy to miss this unassuming eatery surrounded by cactus on the road to the beach, but you would be missing out on some of...Read More

  • 2. El Colibrí Steakhouse

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    Sink your chops into steak (rib eye, New York, or T-bone) grilled on an open fire and served Argentine-style with garlicky chimichurri sauce at this...Read More

  • 3. El Sano Banano Restaurant

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    Montezuma’s first natural-food restaurant is named after the chewy dried bananas made by the owners, who also own the upscale Ylang Ylang resort on...Read More

  • 4. Kon-Tiki

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    A favorite local hangout, this rustic pizzeria has an outdoor clay oven and an open kitchen. There are 14 types of pizza, like the house...Read More

  • 5. Le Bistrot at Giardino Tropicale

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    Famous for its wood-oven pizzas, this breezy, all-wood restaurant with tree-trunk pillars is set amidst trees above the hotel of the same name...Read More

  • 6. Panadería y Café Cabuya

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    The best place to stop before or after a visit to Cabo Blanco is this pleasant terrace café with perhaps the best baked goods in...Read More

  • 7. Restaurante Nicoya

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    Nicoya has a few Chinese restaurants, but this one stands out for being the most central and atmospheric, with hanging lanterns, a colorful collection of...Read More

  • 8. Robin's Cafe & Ice Cream

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    Robin's is famous for homemade ice cream in an array of tempting flavors—the Mayan Chocolate is a standout—along with refreshing tropical-fruit sorbets. This casual patio...Read More

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