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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Costa Rica

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in Costa Rica? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


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4.9
4.9 (24)
$30 and under
Contemporary Latin
San José
About the restaurant
A modern culinary concept that aims to combine local ingredients with techniques and preparations from across the world.

Located in Barrio Escalante, Amana offers an inviting, casual, and warm atmosphere right outside the heart of the capital; paired with creative dishes, attention to detail, and exceptional service.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
Impressive food, presentation, and service. The small menu is very well curated and the staff describes every dish in detail. The flavors are interesting and the dishes are creative. Would fully recommend!
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5.0
5 (14)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Marina Papagayo
About the restaurant
Explore our newest restaurant and prepare your taste buds for “Mesoterranean cuisine,” an innovative blend of vibrant Mediterranean flavors with a touch of Mesoamerican influence, complemented with refreshing tropical renditions of classic Mediterranean cocktails. Located at Nacascolo beach at Casa de Playa.
Top review
JeffreyG
Dined 3 days ago
We ate there for both lunch and dinner. Dinner menu is significantly different than lunch whereas lunch on more casual/beach side food, dinner Is fancier. Not excessively so but has a more fine dining feel to it. The food was excellent — we almost made due with just appetizers and salad — and we liked it better than the resort’s flagship restaurant.
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4.9
4.9 (96)
$50 and over
Italian
Marina Papagayo
About the restaurant
Elegant evenings are effortless with our classic Italian cuisine, featuring local seafood, pastas and an extensive wine list, amid panoramic ocean views.
Top review
PatrickAvip
Dined on Jul 4, 2024
Great food and drinks. Great service from Hector!
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4.9
4.9 (61)
$30 and under
Contemporary Latin
Nosara
About the restaurant
An elegant open air restaurant for guests 15 and older, with the best view in Nosara, offering creative dishes and mixology crafted with ingredients from the surrounding community, the real flavors of Costa Rica.

We want you to taste the Earth and Ocean with every meal we prepare for you.

*All dietary restrictions and desires are happily accommodated. (Vegan, Keto, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, etc).

Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner every day of the week.

15-year-old and above age policy.

No pets allowed.

Top review
CatMvip
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Stunning views, great service and delicious food!
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4.8
4.8 (26)
$31 to $50
International
Nosara
About the restaurant
LAST DINNER SITTING: 7:15 PM

Restaurante Chirriboca entices all senses with Nosara's best dining and most memorable ocean and mangrove views. Set in award-winning Hotel Boutique Lagarta Lodge and perched high above Guiones Beach, Restaurante Chirriboca delights with a selection of inspired dishes that showcase fresh regional ingredients including regional seafood, local organic produce, and products from select sustainable farms. A tiered terrace offers endless vistas of the coastline and natural surroundings. For sunset drinks, the upper-level Gecko Lounge dazzles with mixology and ambiance.

Don't miss our ceviche specialties and selection for special diets including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free. Named as one of the Top 20 Resorts in Central America by Condé Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards, Lagarta Lodge and its restaurants are sure to please seasoned world explorers.

For romantic dinners, family gatherings, or dining out with friends. Parking available.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 12, 2024
Best views in Nosara and amazing food! This was our 3rd time here and we’ll be back again!
A photo of Silvestre restaurant
4.8
4.8 (783)
$30 and under
Latin American
San José
About the restaurant
Silvestre is a fine dining restaurant located in the heart of San José, Costa Rica. Chef Santiago Fernández offers a well-thought-out, curated small seasonal menu that brings you the freshest locally sourced ingredients. Silvestre is a worthy stop, as part of your exploration of the city, also perfect for a romantic dinner or to celebrate a special occasion. We also offer an impressive conceptual menú degustación about the Costa Rican soul, its flavors and everything in between.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
We loved the experience! It brought us back to childhood stories and memories
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4.8
4.8 (27)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Jaco
About the restaurant
Este encantador restaurante de mariscos, ubicado en la pintoresca costa pacífica de Costa Rica, es un auténtico paraíso para los amantes del mar. Desde su inauguración en 1977, se ha ganado una merecida reputación por servir los mariscos más frescos de la región. Con vistas impresionantes del océano, el restaurante ofrece una experiencia culinaria única.

Su especialidad es la langosta viva, cuidadosamente preparada para resaltar su sabor y textura únicos. También puedes disfrutar de deliciosos platillos como el marisco pargo y el pulpo, todos preparados con ingredientes frescos de la zona y sazonados con sabores tropicales. La combinación de la brisa marina y la comida exquisita hace de este restaurante un lugar imperdible para aquellos que deseen explorar la auténtica cocina costarricense junto al mar.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 30, 2024
Excellent food, service, atmosphere and entertainment!! Highly recommend!
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4.8
4.8 (44)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Escazu
About the restaurant
La Cava Alta Fiori,antiguo Monasterio Le Monastère, un restaurante moderno, con una vista espectacular a todo el Valle Central, cuya esencia es la gastronomía mediterránea.
Su apuesta culinaria integra la cocina gourmet de Francia, Italia y España traída a nuestro país con una variedad de ingredientes propios que se mezclan en cada platillo, entre ellos, culantro coyote, jengibre, chile, rábano fresco, pejibaye, y otros importados para lograr una explosión de sabor en el paladar; la oferta gastronómica también incluye variedad de carnes, en nuestros platos fuertes; así como diversidad de tapas, entradas frías y calientes.
Cordero Cuatro estaciones, el Fideuá Mar y Tierra, con mejillones, camarones y trozos de res grillados y cortes de res tan exclusivos como el Tomahawk, el Rib eye de la mas alta calidad, acompañado de una amplia variedad de vinos y cocteles.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
Overall good food, good service. The place is beautiful
A photo of Jaguar Negro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1027)
$30 and under
Mexican
San José
About the restaurant
La experiencia comienza cuando pasas por las puertas de Jaguar Negro y te transportarás a un oasis tropical mexicano con aires relajados y elegancia casual. Primero descubres un jardín secreto rodeado de agua y plantas nativas mexicanas y desde ahí emprendes un viaje sonoro, sensorial y visual que te transportará a México sin salir de Costa Rica.

Nuestro menú esta inspirado en la cocina de cantina, en los platillos de tradición y en las técnicas ancestrales que acompañan cada preparación. Todo se disfruta alrededor de una mesa pensada para ser compartida.

Top review
BrittanieT
Dined on Jun 17, 2024
Everything was amazing! The food was delicious, the drinks were festive and tasteful, the staff was AWESOME! Highly recommend! Can’t wait for my next visit!
A photo of Azotea Calle 7 restaurant
4.7
4.7 (323)
$30 and under
Dining Bar
San José
About the restaurant
The rooftop of Hotel Presidente is home to Azotea Calle 7, a perfect shelter from the busy –and sometimes chaotic– heart of San José. You can enter through Calle 7, between Avenida Central and Avenida Segunda, either by climbing the red spiral staircase that takes you right into the red-brick terrace, surrounded by colorful veraneras (bougainvillea plants), palm, jicaro, orange and lime trees whose fruits might end up in your cocktail.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
4 of us had variety of meals. All excellent! Drinks were great and service couldn’t be better.
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