10 Best Restaurants with Healthy Menus Feature Fresh Organic Ingredients

Eating healthy in Costa Rica is easy as long as you keep away from the decadent desserts like tres leches cake. From the capital city of San Jose, to the edge of the rain forests, and along the coast, an abundance of restaurants with healthy menus serve up the freshest organic fruits and vegetables, fresh-caught fish, grass-fed beef and free-range chicken. From simple roadside sodas to more sophisticated spots, the restaurants with the healthiest menus make eating well a uniquely Costa Rican experience. Up in the lush Monteverde Cloudforest, chef Sofia brings seasonal, organic vegetables to life in her intimate restaurant Chimera, where tasting plates like the hearts of palm beignets and shrimp ceviche are healthy tapas perfect for sharing. Along the Caribbean coast, La Pecora Nera sits nestled in the rainforest just far enough beyond the bustle of Puerto Viejo de Limon. In the kitchen, Ilario creates healthy Italian dishes from scratch, drawing ingredients from his own garden.

With a name like Chimera, one might expect an a diverse selection of food, and this Santa Elena restaurant delivers. Every plate is a creative fusion of flavors, many of which are Latin, all of which are wrought from the bounty of local...  Read More

Product C is part of a growing group of restaurants in Costa Rica that embodies the locally grown movement, serving fresh-caught seafood that spends very little time between the water and the table. What started as a beachside fish shop in the...  Read More

La Pecora Nera
Photo courtesy of Sophia LaMonica

If delicious authentic Italian cuisine served in a delightful open-air restaurant well off-the beaten track on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast sounds like your cup of tea, look no further than La Pecora Nera. The Italian chef Ilario is as...  Read More

Whether you're in the mood for a stack of pancakes topped with homemade yogurt and fresh fruit or a platter of huevos rancheros, the Lizard King Café has something on its menu for everyone. Burritos at the Lizard King are legendarily delicious...  Read More

KOKI Beach is an open-air bar, restaurant and lounge made almost entirely from reclaimed materials that takes relaxing and dining and turns them into art forms. With a full bar and a lunch and dinner menu that incorporates lots of local organic...  Read More

La Botanica Organica is a delightful vegetarian restaurant in the tiny beach community of Playa Chiquita a few kilometers south of Puerto Viejo de Limon. Everything ingredient is organic, and there are macrobiotic, raw, vegan and gluten-free...  Read More

Bread and Chocolate has become a landmark cafe in Puerto Viejo, and for good(ies) reason. Locals and tourists enjoy gathering to partake in some wholesome breakfasts, lunches, and signature baked goods here, which include handmade truffles,...  Read More

Veronica's Place

Veronica's Place is a completely vegetarian restaurant on the Caribbean coast where the chef owner is Veronica herself, a Puerto Viejo native whose roots trace back to Jamaica and whose culinary style reflects her deep knowledge of local...  Read More

Serenitea is a delightful place to enjoy lunch or just a cup of finely brewed tea in the fine neighborhood of Escaz�. Its peaceful atmosphere encourages relaxation and contemplation, so it makes a fine addition to an active day of...  Read More

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Tin Jo
Photo courtesy of Tin Jo

Restaurante Tin-Jo has rightfully named itself "the best" restaurant in Costa Rica, offering delicious, healthy Asian cuisine from its home in an original colonial mansion in the heart of the capital city of San Jose. What started out as a...  Read More


Meet Sophia LaMonica

On Sophia's first trip to Costa Rica, she came face to face with white-faced monkeys, gasped at the sight of giant purple crabs, and rode horseback through plunging waterfalls. Costa Rica...  More About Sophia
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