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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Costa Rica

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots 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!


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 CHAO PESCAO restaurant
4.8
4.8 (129)
$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
digonswine
Dined 2 days ago
We celebrated our daughter’s 16th birthday at Chao and the whole experience was amazing. Our server was great and the staff sang her happy birthday! Great experience
A photo of El Hicaco Seafood restaurant
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!
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.
A photo of Rio Bhongo Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (42)
$30 and under
International
Marina Papagayo
About the restaurant
At the center of the resort adjacent to the main pools with breathtaking views of Culebra Bay, Rio Bhongo offers the comforts of home infused with Costa Rican culture. Don't miss our expert barista and our extensive coffee program. Dinner offers a selection of grilled meats and fresh fish. The terrace provides a beautiful setting underneath a 40 year old Higueron tree, beautifully lit and magical at night. This restaurant is ideal for large parties or multiple families who wish to dine together.

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
LouLouvip
Dined on Jun 26, 2024
Breakfast here was absolutely wonderful!! Great selections, so fresh and excellent service. Lunch by the pool also offered some great drinks and bites. Taco night for dinner was yummy. Food overall here was really great!
A photo of La Yerbatera restaurant
4.7
4.7 (76)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Latin
San José
About the restaurant
La Yerbatera

Restaurante clandestino en el corazón de San José.
Gastronomía y coctelería de autor.
Una experiencia gastronómica te dejarás seducir por las plantas e ingredientes tradicionales de nuestra tierra latinoamericana.

En la Yerbatera utilizamos prácticas ancestrales gastronómicas. Todas nuestras recetas son preparadas en el momento con productos orgánicos y cosechas del día. En nuestro menú encontrarás opciones veganas y vegetarianas.

La Yerbatera es recobrar las prácticas ancestrales y de nuestras abuelas que conocían la naturaleza y sus propiedades curativas. Es un viaje en el tiempo al momento en que las yerbateras nos curaban con sus deliciosas recetas medicinales.



Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 6 days ago
The whole experience was wonderful. The ambience is delightful and the drinks were excellent. I had the black pasta with shrimp and it was delicious. My husband had the risotto and it was a bit undercooked and salty. Overall, definitely go if you are in San Jose.
A photo of Doma Escalante restaurant
4.6
4.6 (151)
$31 to $50
International
San José
About the restaurant
In the heart of Barrio Escalante, next to the iconic "El Farolito" roundabout, stands DOMA. A house of Costa Rican architecture and Spanish colonial dyes built-in 1945, which was restored for 10 long months; rescuing it from time, updating its design through a colorful façade, and giving it the value it deserves within the neighborhood.
Our founders are dreamers, lovers of design, art, and fashion; passionate about cooking and fine dining.
Through fresh products and honest flavors, DOMA has created a gastronomic experience with local products that arise at the foot of the volcanoes, the plains, and the Costa Rican mountains. Which are transformed into art thanks to the vision, dedication, and talent of our chefs.
DOMA is happy to share this house, a space designed to inspire and encourage creative and entrepreneurial minds to work as a team under a feeling of community and collaboration, with the aim of serving as an oasis in the heart of San José.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Delicious food. Great service. Best coffee I ever had.
A photo of Caffe Negroni restaurant
4.6
4.6 (29)
$30 and under
Bistro
Escazu
About the restaurant
Coming Soon!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 4, 2024
Enjoyed a seafood chowder and a couple different pizzas on a fresh afternoon with light rain. Delicious Margherita and Prosciutto pizzas. Finished lunch with a Tarta Negroni and espresso. Lots of natural light and friendly service to enjoy a fresh and tasty menu.
A photo of Olive Garden Aleste restaurant
4.5
4.5 (399)
$31 to $50
Italian
Curridabat
About the restaurant
¡En Olive Garden la generosidad Italiana estará siempre en tu mesa! Sabemos que todo en la vida es mejor en familia y por eso te ofrecemos lo mejor de la comida italiana en un ambiente muy agradable. Podrás disfrutar de nuestros icónicos favoritos, al mejor estilo italiano como son el Fettucine Alfredo, Tour of Italy, Lasagna Fritta y Chicken Parmigiana. Además no podes dejar de probar nuestros ilimitados de sopa, ensalada y lops mundialmente famosos breadsticks. ¡Te esperamos en Olive Garden porque aquí todos somos familia!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 13, 2024
Service and the food was really great, attending to our food preferences and very friendly
A photo of The Cloud restaurant
4.4
4.4 (226)
$30 and under
Global, International
San José
About the restaurant
Restaurante ubicado en el piso 18 en las instalaciones del Hotel Hilton San José La Sabana, edificio más alto de Costa Rica, frente al Estadio Nacional. The Cloud, cuenta con un variado menú internacional diseñado por nuestro Chef Ejecutivo Daniel Rodriguez y el Sous Chef Andrés Campos, contamos con servicio personalizado que inicia con desayuno buffet y posteriormente almuerzo y cena a la carta. Su moderno diseño permite disfrutar de la imponente vista hacia el Valle Central, las montañas y el Parque Metropolitano La Sabana, degustando las especialidades culinarias en la parte interior del restaurante o en la acogedora terraza.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 24, 2024
The view was amazing, the food as well and Juan that was who help us was great. Just be careful when buying drinks since I order something and got charged almost twice for the drink that was indicated on the menu and being honest was a shot with lots of ice to hide the fact that was laking alcohol on the drink.
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