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Below are my reviews of the Costa Rica restaurants that I have visited over the last few years.  The list will continue to grow as I get out and explore more of this beautiful country.

When people think about food in Costa Rica, they usually equate it to chicken, fish, plantains, rice and beans without any spices.  While these may indeed be the staples across the country, many Costa Rica restaurants have taken these ingredients, along with others, and created some of the most diverse and delicious food of anywhere in the world.  In addition to delicious Costa Rican cuisine, there are restaurants specializing in food from India, Peru, Jamaica, Mexico, the Caribbean, France, Italy, Germany and more.  Combine this great food with views of the beautiful beaches, mountains and valleys of Costa Rica and you end up with these great restaurants.

La Divina Comida

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Delicious Peruvian fusion cuisine in a great indoor and outdoor setting in Escazu, just a few miles from downtown San Jose.  Read review.

El Lagarto

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Delicious meat and seafood all cooked on a very unique wood fired grill/oven system.  One of the best restaurants for dinner in the Manuel Antonio/Quepos area if not all of Costa Rica.  Read Review.

Fish and Cheeses

Fresh homemade pasta and tomato sauce with a nice fresh, aged parmesan cheese.

Homemade fresh ingredients make Fish and Cheeses one of the best places to eat authentic Italian food in Costa Rica.  Absolutely delicious.  Read review.

Coco Loco

Beautiful view of Playa Flamingo from  the tables on the beach at Coco Loco.

Located directly on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Coco Loco Costa Rica has beautiful views plus great food and drinks.  Read review.

Sentido Norte

Sentido Norte's panko crusted ahi with fresh greens.

Fantastic food and one of the best views in all of Costa Rica make Sentido Norte a very special place to dine at.  Voted as one of the most romantic restaurants in the world.  Read review.

Gracia Mar Vista

Super tender piece of pork over rice.

Gracia Mar Vista is the perfect place to enjoy a wonderful lunch or dinner while taking in a gorgeous sunset from the outdoor covered dining area and large infinity pool.  Read review.

Lola's Costa Rica

People enjoying lunch outside on the beach and under the shade of several beech almond trees.

Great food and a beautiful outdoor seating area in the shade make Lola's one of my favorite Costa Rica Restaurants.  Read review.

Soda Marcela

Three half lobsters with a garlic butter sauce along with mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables.

Soda Marcela has classic Costa Rica cuisine plus some very large and tasty seafood portions.  Read review.

Gracia La Vid

The pizza oven at Gracia La Vid.  Fired up and ready to go.

For the best pizza that I have experienced in Costa Rica so far, Gracia La Vid is the place.  Add in a casual and comfortable lounge makes for a really nice evening out.  Read review.

La Forketta

A packed outdoor dining room on a Monday night at La Forketta in Potrero.

La Forketta in Potrero has a large, modern outdoor dining area, great homemade Italian food plus a nice selection of Italian wines.  Get there early and make reservations because this place gets crowded with long lines forming in the early evening.  Read review.

Numu Taproom and Bistro
My #1 selection of best Costa Rica Restaurants

A colorful chalkboard with all of the yummy beer selections that Numu has to offer.

Numu Taproom and Bistro combines great tapas and craft beer together in a modern, airy restaurant located in Playas del Coco.  Read review.

Estero Azul

View of the ocean and harbor from our table at Estero Azul.

Beachside seating and great food make Estero Azul one of my favorites.  It is hidden and a little hard to find but the trip is worth it.  Read review.

Sheriff Rustic

The outdoor dining area at Sheriff Rustic in Samara has a selection of tables under the porch cover or under the trees.

One of the few restaurants in Samara with a great dining room view of the beach and ocean.  Read review.

Rio Lounge La Fortuna

A juicy piece of pork along with wedge fries and a side salad.

Located at the top of the entrance to the La Fortuna Falls, the Rio Lounge is a great place to relax and have a great meal in the middle of a rain forest.  Read review.

Here is a good Article on Costa Rica cuisine from Wikipedia.  It discusses the traditional dishes, beverages and desserts.

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