Dining Is Fun at Costa Rica's 10 Best Family-Friendly Restaurants

Costa Rica's best restaurants for families offer a chance for the tribe to indulge in a leisurely, fun dining experience of delicious cuisine de la pura vida. At La Criollita, a garden patio that's home to a family of birds is a kid-friendly highlight, but truly the generous platters of traditional Costa Rican favorites made to order in the open kitchen are what make this long-standing restaurant so popular. Seating is at tables in two dining rooms and there's a well-stocked dessert case. In Puerto Viejo de Limon you'll find a bevy of family-friendly restaurants dotting the dazzling Caribbean coast. There's Bread and Chocolate for breakfast, lunch, custom cakes for special occasions, and local chocolate among the sweet treats. At Amimodo, pizzas and pasta are among the family recipes served in a cozy open-air space perched between the road and the water's edge. Along the beach and across from the police station awaits bakery cafe Pan Pay, a casual place with an extensive menu of traditional and Spanish plates for breakfast and lunch. Last but not least, don't miss the pancakes at the Lizard King Resort, these swoon inducing towers of goodness are downright legendary; sure-fire favorites for foodies of all ages.



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



La Casona del Cafetal is a restaurant and event destination located amidst a sprawling coffee farm, offering excellent cuisine and sweeping views of its lushly planted grounds, complete with a glistening lake, Lago de Cachi. The ambience alone...  Read More

Pan Pay
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Pan Pay is Puerto Viejo's most popular spot for locals; here is where everyone comes for coffee, croissants, baguettes for later, and to catch up with the neighbors- and if there's a soccer game on, you can watch it here. Located in a casual...  Read More



Cartago, Costa Rica's original capital city, has its history on display in enlarged vintage photographs hung throughout this restaurant, enlightening guests to the town's rich history. Highlighted by the earthquake of 1910 that nearly demolished...  Read More



A lovely atmosphere met with large portions of delectable fare make Restaurante Don Porfi a longstanding favorite in Turrialba. The owner is a gregarious gent named Sergio, who may have more than a little something to do with this place's...  Read More



In the southernmost corner of Costa Rica in the postcard perfect region known as the Osa Peninsula, lies Il Giardino, the first, and many agree, the best, Italian restaurant in Puerto Jimenez, owned and operated by an Italian family that takes...  Read More



Bread and Chocolate is a must-visit cafe fit for the whole family in Puerto Viejo where locals and tourists gather to partake in wholesome breakfasts, lunches, and signature baked goods. Handmade truffles, delectable brownies, and scrumptious...  Read More

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Amimodo is an old-school yet new-school family style and family friendly Italian restaurant on the main road in Puerto Viejo. A nondescript, single story cafe style that's invitingly and casual from the street side and the beach side, Amimodo...  Read More



Whether you're in the mood for fluffy pancakes made with real organic chocolate or a platter of huevos rancheros, the Lizard King Caf� has something on its menu for almost everyone. Burritos at the Lizard King are legendarily delicious...  Read More

La Criollita
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La Criollita is an excellent place for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and has something on the menu for everyone. The fare is traditional Costa Rican; generous portions of meat, chicken and fish with rice, beans and salad on the side, and big...  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