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Diners' Choice: Great for outdoor dining restaurants in Costa Rica

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are great for outdoor dining 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 Pesce - Four Seasons Costa Rica restaurant
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!
A photo of Meso restaurant
4.9
4.9 (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
MarthaE
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
Our lunch at Meso was fantastic! We enjoyed several appetizers including the Mezze (chose the caponata, sun dried tomato tapenade, and tzatziki dips), Bruschetta di Prosciutto I Arugula, and the Shrimp Popcorn. Everything was delicious and the service was outstanding. All tables have a beautiful view of the pool and then the ocean beyond. Highly recommend!
A photo of Huacas Restaurant restaurant
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 7 days ago
Very cool place for dining. Beautiful and great food.
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 5 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.
A photo of El Hicaco Seafood restaurant
4.8
4.8 (28)
$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
ADBurkevip
Dined 4 days ago
The whole fried snapper with seafood sauce on the side was amazing. The grilled sea bass also received rave reviews. Fortunately for a July night the weather was great and view was beautiful.
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.
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.
A photo of Ostra Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (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 Rio Bhongo Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (43)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Amazing ceviche! Must have. We also had the catch of the day which was pan fried mahi mahi and it was sooooo good. The only thing we wished was that they served a bit more of it. There was only 3 pieces or so of it. Beautiful views like you always get here.
A photo of The Cloud restaurant
4.4
4.4 (227)
$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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