Feast Upon Pure Fresh Ingredients at Costa Rica's Best Fine Dining Restaurants

Fine dining in Costa Rica has blossomed, thanks to an infux of international chefs who open restaurants and share their creations with those of us who seek them out. From restored mansions in San Jose open-air gazebos in the rainforest along the Caribbean coast, fine dining takes some unconventional forms in Costa Rica. At the inner patio of the Hotel Grano del Oro in San Jose, French cuisine is complemented by candlelight and stars in the sky. Nearby in Santa Ana, Doris Metropolitan partners with a local cattle farm that feeds its free-range cows grass and pineapples, so they live healthy and happy lives before gracing plates at this fine dining restaurant. Macchu Picchu offers authentic Peruvian food including lemon-flavored mashed potatos and has a bar serving pisco sours; find it in two locations in San Jose. In Puerto Viejo de Limon, fine dining is done in cozy, casual open-air cafes that invite a view of the rainforest while feasting on organic, farm fresh fare from the region’s melting pot of cuisines. La Pecora Nera is just hard enough to find to keep it from ever being crowded, but the Italian cuisine and candlelit ambience combine for a consummate experience.



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



With such a dramatic name, one might expect something less than spectacular from Saga Restaurant, but one would be wrong- Saga consistently satisfies, with a strong menu starting with delicious sushi appetizers, ending with succulent pastries...  Read More

Machu Picchu


Never tried Peruvian food? Already a fan of the South American fare? Either which way, Machhu Picchu is the place to savor succulent menu items, like the lemon-flavored mashed potatoes stuffed with shrimp and the chicken craklings, bite-sized...  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 Italian chef Ilario is as...  Read More



Jungle Love Cafe is a one-of-a-kind restaurant on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast. A cozy open-air gazebo surrounded by greenery between the secluded beach of Playa Chiquita and Manzanillo Gandoca Wildlife Refuge, Jungle Love serves delicious...  Read More



Linen draped tables greet diners at this intimate dining room that offers only the finest Italian and French cuisine. Pastas, antipasti, pizzas and entrees such as duck breast delicately topped in port sauce are favorites, as are the focaccia...  Read More



For the well-heeled and epicurious, Le Monast�re delivers and then some. Everything is prepared and served expertly, from escargot and French Onion Soup to chef specials like Venison Tenderloin Flambee in Port Wine and Seabass filet in...  Read More

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Those with a hankering for high-quality meat should look no further than Doris Metropolitan, a stand-out, and stand alone- restaurant in San Jose, Costa Rica- although there is now a Doris Metropolitan stateside, too. Embracing the...  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



What started as a simple hotel caf-- has expanded to become one of the country's finest restaurants with well-earned reputation. Casually elegant, this restaurant is situated off the Grano de Oro Hotel's central courtyard which provides for...  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