Tortuguero and the Caribbean Coast Restaurants

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  • 1. El Refugio

    $$$ | Argentine

    This unexpected place in the middle of a forest clearing is one of the country’s top Argentine restaurants. The restaurant is tiny, with a scant...Read More

  • 2. La Pecora Nera

    $$$ | Italian

    Though the name means "black sheep" in Italian, there's nothing shameful about this thatch-roof roadside restaurant. There's always a lot more...Read More

  • 3. Lazlo's Catch of the Day

    $$$ | Seafood

    This dining spot thrives despite having no menu, no fixed hours, no sign, and no official name. A transplanted Hungarian family fishes by day...Read More

  • 4. Stashus con Fusion

    $$ | Eclectic

    This restaurant epitomizes Puerto Viejo: lively, organic, all the rage, but confident enough not to seek trendiness. Ordering is by sauces:...Read More

  • 5. Wild Ginger

    $$$ | Costa Rican

    The owners of this small place at the north end of the village call their cuisine “California–Costa Rican fusion.” This is the area’s most upscale...Read More

  • 6. Amimodo

    $$ | Italian

    The name translates to "my way," and the exuberant Italian owners really do it their way, combining the cuisine of their native northern Italy...Read More

  • 7. Bread & Chocolate

    $ | Café

    The takeaway line for brownies forms at the gate before this place opens at 6:30 am, but stick around for a hearty breakfast of cinnamon-oatmeal...Read More

  • 8. Brigitte

    $ | Café

    Fuel up for the day's activities at this informal, open-air café on the Playa Negra road. A hearty breakfast—served until noon—of banana pancakes...Read More

  • 9. Budda Café

    $ | Italian

    Pizza, crepes, pastas, and fresh fish are on the menu at this small, canal-side café in the center of town. Lattice wood over the windows, a...Read More

  • 10. Café Viejo

    $$ | Italian

    This is the hot place to see and be seen on Puerto Viejo's main drag. The owners learned to cook at the knee of their Italian grandmother back...Read More

  • 11. Caribeans

    At first glance, this small café could use a spelling lesson, but since Caribeans deals in coffee, the play on words is apt. Treat yourself...Read More

  • 12. Chile Rojo

    $ | Thai

    There's not a thing about the name or furnishings to reflect its Thai and Middle Eastern offerings, but this restaurant does a brisk business...Read More

  • 13. Como en Mi Casa

    $ | Vegetarian

    Everything is made on-site at this small, second-floor café. Start off the day with an order of vegan pancakes or ease into lunch with veggie...Read More

  • 14. Cool & Calm Café

    $$ | Caribbean

    You might drive right by this small, semi-open-air joint with plastic chairs and tables—it isn't much to look at—but the menu satisfies with...Read More

  • 15. Dread Nut Coffee

    $ | Caribbean

    An easy-to-miss Caribbean-style clapboard house near the bus stop makes a great place to fortify yourself for a day of sightseeing. The industrious...Read More

  • 16. Gatta Ci Cova

    $$ | Italian

    This restaurant, whose name comes from an Italian expression meaning "things kept secret," provides an informal, inexpensive dining experience...Read More

  • 17. Koki Beach

    $$ | Eclectic

    This slightly elevated terrace restaurant with colorful furniture (and colorful characters) is visible to all who walk by. The tradeoff for...Read More

  • 18. Pita Bonita

    $$ | Middle Eastern

    The area’s only Middle Eastern dining spot is an open-air restaurant with cool breezes in Punta Uva. What the menu here lacks in quantity it...Read More

  • 19. Pizzeria Cahuita

    $ | Pizza

    Pastas and meat entrées are on the menu, but the real draw here is the 30 varieties of thin-crust pizza whipped up and served with style by...Read More

  • 20. Restaurant Maxi's

    $ | Seafood

    Cooled by sea breezes and shaded by tall, stately palms, this two-story, brightly painted wooden building offers weary travelers cold beer,...Read More

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