Fodor's Expert Review The Gamefisher Restaurant

$$$ Playa Zancudo Contemporary Fodor's Choice

Famous for its sportfishing, the Zancudo Lodge's terrace restaurant excels in cooking fish—all caught by guest fishers that day. Mahimahi, sautéed to crusty perfection on the outside and moist on the inside, might be served with a carrot-ginger broth, or over a salad of white beans and mixed greens from the lodge's own greenhouse, with a tangy citrus dressing. Carpaccio-thin slices of smoked tuna, sprinkled with finely minced garlic, capers, onions, and parsley, burst with flavor. Meat lovers can indulge in aged New York–style steaks and tender ribs or try the lodge's version of a casado: roasted mojo pork on a bed of rice and roasted black beans with yuca fries. Nightly four-course dinners ($35–$45, plus tax) have a meat or fish option. There's also a regular menu with salad, shrimp, pasta, burgers (tuna or beef), flaky, meat-filled empanadas, and taco options for diners not hungry enough for the multicourse dinner. Crusty, flavorful breads are baked daily. Desserts are delicious and inventive: try the caramelized maduro (sweet banana) à la mode with house-made dulce de leche (caramel) ice cream. The setting is ultraluxe: large lanterns and candles illuminate teak tables and chairs and throw shadows on the impressive marlin replica suspended over the chic bar. Service is very attentive and polished. This is simply the best restaurant this remote area has ever seen, and well worth the journey and the price. It's open to the public for lunch and dinner; reservations are a must for dinner.

Contemporary Romantic Sophisticated Lunch Dinner $$$ Fodor's Choice

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Zancudo, Puntarenas  Costa Rica


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