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.