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Diners' Choice: Best Value restaurants in Costa Rica

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best value 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 (25)
$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 on Jul 12, 2024
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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4.9
4.9 (15)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined today
It was an amazing experience. The food was fantastic. We had the paella which was beautifully prepared and very delicious. We also had the chocolate dessert which didn’t disappoint either. The overall dining experience far exceeded our expectations.
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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!
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4.8
4.8 (788)
$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
JustinForTheWin
Dined 4 days ago
Had the 7 course tasting menu, they made a special vegetarian version for me. Best lunch I ever had. Service in English or Spanish. Each dish is a different memory, be it childhood, the beach, or time with your grandparents. The presentation made me feel special and valued, and the props used to connect the meal to an experience were excellent. I would go again. Worth the price.
A photo of La Divina Comida restaurant
4.7
4.7 (65)
$30 and under
Peruvian
San José
About the restaurant
Created by Chef Marco Antonio Ganoza in 2004, in San José. We are a Peruvian Fusion cuisine restaurant created outside of Peru, this gives us a very interesting value, since in that search for the perfect ingredients, we realize that wherever we are we will find everything we need, and that ingredient is called passion for food. kitchen.
We are Essential Costa Rica, working hand in hand with local farmers and fishermen.
We believe in the value of local, of what is ours and in the contribution of local communities in our products.
We are responsible and sustainable with our supplies.
We believe that customer service has to be clear and that experience is the only thing that motivates us.
When you pass, order the ceviches, the octopus, the portions of main dishes, we recommend them to share, the dishes are large.
We are waiting for you at La Divina Comida on Avenida Escazú.


Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 27, 2024
Wonderful food. Great service and we had a particularly helpful waiter who clued us into the dishes that were too big for a single person (and even correctly recommended that it was enough for 3). There was a very loud party near us that killed a bit of the ambience. Would return.
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4.8
4.8 (1030)
$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
Mbere
Dined 1 day ago
The best restaurant in Costa Rica! If you like Mexican food this is your place. It’s authentic and has a truly creative menu. It ticks all the boxes… beautiful restaurant, wonderful cocktails (the passion fruit margarita is to die for) AMAZING food and service! Diego was the perfect server. The prices are very reasonable and the desserts are spectacular. You have to try the churros ….. yummmmm
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4.8
4.8 (62)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 14, 2024
Very cool place for dining. Beautiful and great food.
A photo of Azotea Calle 7 restaurant
4.7
4.7 (326)
$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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4.6
4.6 (103)
$31 to $50
Latin American
Marina Papagayo
About the restaurant
OSTRA, a signature restaurant of Peninsula Papagayo, is a culinary gem led by Michelin-trained Chef Bruno Alves. Experience an extraordinary menu evolution and savor elevated, modern Costa Rican flavors re-imagined and infused with the best locally sourced farm-to-table ingredients. Sip classic cocktails at the bar or terrace and celebrate the essence of coastal dining.
Also, we now offer Perla, a restaurant within a restaurant at the sushi bar. This modern sushi experience serves only local fish and operates Tuesday-Friday based on product availability.

Dining Visitors to Peninsula Papagayo
If you are not a homeowner or guest staying at one of the resorts or homes within Peninsula Papagayo, please contact gscenter.papagayo@andaz.com to share your reservation details, so we may coordinate your entry into Peninsula Papagayo with the security teams. Visitors are only permitted with confirmed dining reservations and advance notice to security.

Top review
Diner3vip
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
Great amosphere. Very slow service snd bad timing. Waiter might have been new.
A photo of CHAO PESCAO restaurant
4.8
4.8 (137)
$30 and under
Latin American
Marina Papagayo
About the restaurant
Chao Pescao is our neighborhood restaurant offering a gastronomic journey through Latin America and the Caribbean curated by Costa Rican born Chef Keivin. The menu style is shared plates, and this is your chance to discover some of the unique flavors of the region. Our award-winning mixology program has also made this restaurant a guest favorite. Mixology, cooking classes and live music are offered throughout the week. Our communal table is perfect for large parties.

Dining Visitors to Peninsula Papagayo
If you are not a homeowner or guest staying at one of the resorts or homes within Peninsula Papagayo, please contact Guest Services at gscenter.papagayo@andaz.com to advise the date and time of your reservation, so we may coordinate your entry into Peninsula Papagayo with the security teams. Visitors are only permitted with confirmed dining reservations and advance notice to security. You may be required to show a copy of your dining confirmation.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Second time here and we absolutely loved the food. The service was good and ambiance was great with a live band. My only thing is the value. You pay a bit too much for the amount of protein you receive. Other than that I love this place.
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