Fodor's Expert Review Pearl of the Osa

$$ Puerto Jimenez Eclectic Fodor's Choice
For the most romantic dining with a dazzling, postcard-perfect beach view, head to this casually chic, open-air restaurant with the most sophisticated menu in the Puerto Jiménez area. It's owned by upscale Iguana Lodge, and its high standards of service apply at this beachfront restaurant. Standouts on the tantalizing menu include a sampler of three soups—cold, spicy gazpacho; zucchini and cilantro; and warm carrot ginger with red-pepper coulis. Fish cakes with sesame-cabbage slaw and ginger marmalade come with heaps of homemade chips. Mahimahi can be prepared tropical style, with a spicy Veracruz sauce, or in garlic butter. If you can't make up your mind, options like shrimp three ways offer a sampling of coconut, garlic, and fried shrimp. Vegetarian options include vegetable stir-fry with tofu, vegetable burritos, and pasta puttanesca. Wines and craft beers, along with exotic fruit drinks, are on tap. Save room for homemade ice cream and brownies. Portions are huge and served with style.
Eclectic Romantic Service Views Casual Lunch Dinner $$ Fodor's Choice

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Playa Platanares, 5 km (3 miles) south of airstrip
Puerto Jiménez, Puntarenas  Costa Rica


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