Break Bread with Friends at Costa Rica's 10 Best Group-Friendly Restaurants

An escape to Costa Rica is an excellent opportunity to get reconnected with ourselves and others. Carving out time to eat the old-fashioned way, sitting around a table with friends or family and toasting to la pura vida may be the among the most memorable experiences you'll enjoy. Beyond excellent cuisine, the best group friendly restaurants have larger tables and speciall designed spaces for dining in numbers. In San Jose, Tin Jo is the in-the-know place to go for Chinese food, tucked into a colonial mansion in the heart of the city. Healthy and highly shareable dishes are served in the Bamboo Room, an extended annex that can easily accommodate groups too large for the main dining room. In Puerto Viejo de Limon, Stashu's Con Fusion is a sure-fire crowd pleaser, and it's rarely if ever crowded. Long wooden tables are nestled in an open-air space with live music, artful plates and creative cocktails. Across the road is Amimodo, an authentic, unpretentious Italian restaurant that's been catering to families and groups for more than a decade. Thin crust oven baked pizzas and pastas cooked just right are highlights on the menu, and it's a popular place to celebrate a special occasion.



Stashu's con Fusion is truly a work of art, and a labor of love. One of Puerto Viejo's longest running restaurants (it was formerly called El Loco Natural), Stashu's has been helmed in the kitchen since the early days by Stashu himself, chef...  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



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

Cafe Viejo
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Although it's a fine Italian restaurant first and foremost, with experienced chefs in the kitchen that turn out exceptional dishes based on authentic Italian recipes that come to life with Costa Rica's bounty of fresh ingredients, Cafe Viejo is...  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

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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 Costa Rica. Embracing the locally-grown movement wholeheartedly, Doris Metropolitan partners with a cattle...  Read More

La Luz


The menu at La Luz is quite diverse, afterall it was one of the country's first fusion restaurants, and still impresses with an eclectic menu of diverse tastes; the expert chef pays close attention to detail and every plate is served like a work...  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

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

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Tin Jo
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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 San Jose. What started out as a Chinese restaurant in...  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