Manuel Antonio and the Central Pacific Coast Restaurants

You'll find the liveliest dining mix in the country outside San José here, especially in Manuel Antonio. The crowd of international visitors has brought about a crowd of international cuisines ranging from Japanese to Italian, but, as you'd expect in a coastal region, seafood still reigns here. For traditional Costa Rican cuisine, your best bet is a roadside soda where locals gather for their daily casado (rice, beans, plantains, and an entrée of chicken, beef, or fish).

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  • 1. Side Street Bisto

    $$ | French

    By the creators of Graffiti Restro, this laid-back bistro dishes up fresh salads, baked goods, nano brews, and gourmet sandwiches on artisanal...Read More

  • 2. Emilio’s Café

    $$ | Mediterranean

    Sweeping views, organic cuisine, and a bohemian vibe are what you’ll get at this popular café where soft jazz sets the stage for all kinds of...Read More

  • 3. Graffiti Restro Cafe and Wine Bar

    $$ | Eclectic

    The gritty-gourmet concept of this Jacó hot spot plays with the senses, starting with an interior that blends graffiti with soft candlelight...Read More

  • 4. Green Room

    $$ | Café

    Bordered by a white picket fence, this charming café serves meals prepared with organic ingredients delivered daily by local farmers. A tin...Read More

  • 5. Ronny's Place

    $$ | Costa Rican

    A spectacular sunset view comes with friendly, attentive service and a small but tempting menu that includes such typical Tico dishes as sopa...Read More

  • 6. Steve n' Lisa's

    $$ | Eclectic

    A convenient location, free Wi-Fi, and good food make this roadside restaurant, just south of the entrance to Tárcoles, a popular pit stop for...Read More

  • 7. The Backyard Bar

    $$ | Eclectic

    Playa Hermosa's original nightlife spot has two seating areas, each with its own bar. Television sets on the wraparound bar in the front room...Read More

  • 8. Jungle Surf Café

    $$ | Seafood

    This simple, open-air eatery decorated with a colorful rain-forest mural serves some of Hermosa's best food. Seating is on a patio and wooden...Read More

  • 9. La Lanterna

    $$ | Italian

    Owned by a Milanese member of Quepos's small but visible Italian community, La Lanterna has a healthy selection of pastas, seafood, and meat...Read More

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