Farm-to-Table Restaurants in Costa Rica Offer Taste of la Pura Vida

Costa Rica, historically snubbed by restaurant snobs, is getting its day in the sun now that foodies have discovered the delicious flavors found in a growing melting pot of restaurants offering farm fresh, international cuisine. Even casual roadside sodas in the city can serve farm fresh fare since there are farms nearly everywhere. A year-round abundance of colorful ingredients includes super-fruits such as soursop, papaya, cacao and mamonchino, which complement staples such as rice and cassava on a casado, the traditional Costa Rican lunch plate. Snake your way from coast to coast and through the rainforest covered mountains of the country and enjoy many meals sourced directly from the garden or farm, or even grown and harvested at the hands of the chef. In the mountain village of Santa Elena, Chimera is a cozy restaurant serving an original Costa Rica style of farm fresh tapas and small plates perfect for tasting and sharing. On the Caribbean coast, the Lizard King Resort tops homemade pancakes with papayas and pineapple grown just steps away from the inviting open-air café. Don’t miss a meal under the stars at Stashu’s Con Fusion, where every dish is farm fresh, artful, and delish, this is la pura vida.

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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

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

Sobre las Olas
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Perched on the edge of the coral reef overlooking the beautiful coast of Cahuita, Sobre las Olas is a perfect little restaurant that has excellent food to match its ambience. The best seats are outside nestled between the palm trees, where...  Read More

At the center of Puerto Viejo a large hand painted sign points the way to "The Best Damn Coffee in Town," and if you follow the sign to the otherwise incognito spot behind the main road you will not be disappointed- but it's not just excellent...  Read More

Locals and tourists enjoy gathering at Bread and Chocolate to partake in some wholesome breakfasts, lunches, and signature baked goods here, which include handmade truffles, delectable brownies, and scrumptious muffins. There are only a handful...  Read More

The first of its kind in Puerto Viejo de Limon, KOKI Beach is a truly eco-friendly establishment; a bar, restaurant and lounge made almost entirely from reclaimed materials that takes relaxing and dining and turns them into art forms. With a...  Read More

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

Whether you're in the mood for fluffy pancakes made with real organic chocolate 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 flour tortillas...  Read More

Airport - Sjo

Those with a hankering for high-quality meat should look no further than Doris Metropolitan, a stand-out- and stand alone- restaurant in Costa Rica. Embracing the locally-grown movement wholeheartedly, Doris Metropolitan partners with a cattle...  Read More

La Pecora Nera
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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 black sheep in Italian). The...  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