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Diners' Choice: Romantic restaurants in Costa Rica

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the most romantic 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 (60)
$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 Jun 7, 2024
Lovely view and great food. Service was excellent. Only downside was my husband found a piece of glass in our dessert. Restaurant replaced the dessert but nothing else was done.
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4.9
4.9 (25)
$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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4.9
4.9 (21)
$31 to $50
Italian
Nosara
About the restaurant
Born in Benevento, Chef Gerardo Giardino embarked on his culinary journey at the age of 16. With a wealth of experience gained in kitchens across Athens, New York, London, and now Costa Rica, his culinary passion centers around crafting authentic Italian dishes, reminiscent of a mother's loving preparation. Set in the just renovated El Pueblo building in Nosara, you will find us on the ground floor, with tables set all over the Carabbean-vibe inspired terrace! Join us for a dining experience that promises to delight your taste buds and leave a lasting impression.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 26, 2024
Wonderful! Delicious food! Secluded and romantic.
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4.9
4.9 (10)
$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
sherryw
Dined 1 day ago
Beautiful location, amazing staff and service. Delicious food .
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4.8
4.8 (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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4.8
4.8 (26)
$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
MelssaR
Dined on May 29, 2024
This was an amazing meal. The service was incredible- and our waiter even though was new he was attentive and knowledgeable. Our meals were incredible and our seats were under a pavilion but within feet of the ocean absolutely spectacular.
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4.7
4.7 (384)
$50 and over
International
Brasilito / Playa Flamingo
About the restaurant
Sentido Norte, a restaurant and bar at Casa Chameleon Las Catalinas, proudly offers the best of Coastal Costa Rican cuisine. All food & drink is inspired by the country’s bountiful abundance, combining uniquely local and native ingredients in the glass and on the plate.

Dining in Sentido Norte is like dining in a local friend’s gourmet kitchen. Everything is accounted for, every request can be met, and every–from dish to drink–is delicious.

Sentido Norte is an adults only restaurant. Children under 12 years of age are not permitted at the restaurant.
Service animals are welcome!
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
The calamari and sea bass were amazing. My son ordered the hangar steak and said it was delicious as well.
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4.5
4.5 (32)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Brasilito / Playa Flamingo
About the restaurant
Ponciana is Santarena Hotel’s signature restaurant and bar, inspired by Summers in the Mediterranean and joie de vivre. Ponciana sources its unique Costa Rican dishes from ingredients found in the sea, mountains, and farms. A social and cultural space where people gather to eat, drink, and socialize. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the restaurant or cocktails at the bar.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
We enjoyed a delicious meal with Ponciana. The hotel and development around the restaurant were very beautiful. Crispy artichoke app was amazing. I enjoyed the Burrata salad and Trout. Delicious!
A photo of Feroz Restaurante restaurant
4.1
4.1 (33)
$31 to $50
Fine cuts
Escazu
About the restaurant
¡EL buen comer y el buen beber inician en Feroz!
Restaurante ubicado en San Antonio de Escazú, San Jose, Costa Rica, rodeado de naturaleza y vegetación.

Nuestra cocina esta elaborada con los productos más frescos y de mejor calidad con le concepto Farm to Table, nuestro menú está basado en la cocina grill con los mejores cortes de carne del país

Nuestros sabores son audaces y nuestros cocteles son elaborados con los frutos y hierbas de sabores únicos que te transportarán a una experiencia feroz.

Contamos con fire pit que transforman tardes frías en cálidas, desayunos familiares y cenas románticas junto con el mejor servicio, generando una experiencia gastronómica inigualable que despertará tus sentidos ferozmente.

¡Te invitamos donde la pasión por la comida se vive de forma intensa y feroz!
Top review
PaolaG
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
Excellent food and environment!! Absolutely recommended!
A photo of Gracia Café y Terraza Escazú restaurant
3.4
3.4 (37)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Escazu
About the restaurant
Terraza y azotea al aire libre en Guachipelín de Escazú.
Abierto los 365 días del año.
Top review
StaceyW
Dined on Mar 8, 2024
Great atmosphere and always good food. The outdoor rooftop patio is a great option for cool days.
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