An escape to Costa Rica is an excellent opportunity to get reconnected with ourselves and others. Carving out time to eat the old-fashioned way, sitting around a table with friends or family and toasting to la pura vida may be the among the most memorable experiences you'll enjoy. Beyond excellent cuisine, the best group friendly restaurants have larger tables and speciall designed spaces for dining in numbers. In San Jose, Tin Jo is the in-the-know place to go for Chinese food, tucked into a colonial mansion in the heart of the city. Healthy and highly shareable dishes are served in the Bamboo Room, an extended annex that can easily accommodate groups too large for the main dining room. In Puerto Viejo de Limon, Stashu's Con Fusion is a sure-fire crowd pleaser, and it's rarely if ever crowded. Long wooden tables are nestled in an open-air space with live music, artful plates and creative cocktails. Across the road is Amimodo, an authentic, unpretentious Italian restaurant that's been catering to families and groups for more than a decade. Thin crust oven baked pizzas and pastas cooked just right are highlights on the menu, and it's a popular place to celebrate a special occasion.