10 Best Italian Restaurants in Costa Rica

Italian restaurants have been flourishing in Costa Rica for decades. What a blessing to have so many Italian chefs having their way with this fertile country's bodacious bounty of agricultural assets. Nestled within the rainforest along the Caribbean coast beyond Puerto Viejo de Limon lies La Pecora Nera, a real hidden gem that stands out for its stellar Italian cuisine served in a most romantic open-air restaurant in the rainforest. On the water's edge there's Sobre las Olas, literally over the waves, where an Italian and Costa Rican couple have created a blissful little restaurant with seating right on the sand, a full bar, and especially noteworthy seafood specialties, like the mussels. in between on the main road in Puerto Viejo, Cafe Viejo is the collaboration of Italian brothers and a family whose Italian roots are reflected in the inspired recipes found on the menu. A cozy sunken bar offers a view of the main road and strong cocktails.On special occasions the restaurant stays open late, the tables are cleared to make way for a dance floor, and a DJ spinning Italian style beats takes the reins. A few meters away is Amimodo, a long-standing Italian family-style restaurant with excellent pizzas and traditional Italian specialties.

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

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

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

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

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

De Paso
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Candlelit tables twinkle from the sand, beckoning pedestrians from the side of the road De Paso is nestled between the trees and the water's edge. Named for the path that connects the road to the jungle path and the beach, this little restaurant...  Read More

Airport - Sjo

A meal at Bacchus, is, as one may imagine, stimulating, satisfying, and sensuous. Since 2004, the historical Casa Quitirris-- has been home to Bacchus, combining the 1870s home's traditional Costa Rican architecture and adobe construction with...  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

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


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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