Fine dining in Costa Rica has blossomed, thanks to an infux of international chefs who open restaurants and share their creations with those of us who seek them out. From restored mansions in San Jose open-air gazebos in the rainforest along the Caribbean coast, fine dining takes some unconventional forms in Costa Rica. At the inner patio of the Hotel Grano del Oro in San Jose, French cuisine is complemented by candlelight and stars in the sky. Nearby in Santa Ana, Doris Metropolitan partners with a local cattle farm that feeds its free-range cows grass and pineapples, so they live healthy and happy lives before gracing plates at this fine dining restaurant. Macchu Picchu offers authentic Peruvian food including lemon-flavored mashed potatos and has a bar serving pisco sours; find it in two locations in San Jose. In Puerto Viejo de Limon, fine dining is done in cozy, casual open-air cafes that invite a view of the rainforest while feasting on organic, farm fresh fare from the region’s melting pot of cuisines. La Pecora Nera is just hard enough to find to keep it from ever being crowded, but the Italian cuisine and candlelit ambience combine for a consummate experience.
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