Tortuguero and the Caribbean Coast Restaurants

The many open-air dining spots out here provide you with that ultimate tropical dining experience, with Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offering one of Costa Rica’s most varied dining scenes. Think seafood, chicken, coconut, and fruits in the Caribbean. Restaurateurs take advantage of the bounty of the land and sea in this part of the
The many open-air dining spots out here provide you with that ultimate tropical dining experience, with Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offering one of Costa Rica’s most varied dining scenes. Think seafood, chicken, coconut, and fruits in the Caribbean. Restaurateurs take adv
The many open-air dining spots out here provide you with that ultimate tropical dining experience, with Puerto Viejo de

The many open-air dining spots out here provide you with that ultimate tropical dining experience, with Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offering one of Costa Rica’s most varied dining scenes. Think seafood, chicken, coconut, and fruits in the Caribbean. Restaurateurs take advantage of the bounty of the land and sea in this part of the country.

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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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