Puerto Viejo's Best Restaurants to Get Your Grub on Late at Night

So you're a night owl, you're hungry, where do you go to satiate and satisfy in the small town of Puerto Viejo de Limon, Costa Rica? These ten best restaurants are open into the late night to serve you everything from Caribbean casados to Italian pizzas and grass-fed cheeseburgers. Open the latest of them all, Cafe Viejo is a perfect spot to while away the evening over a leisurely Italian dinner and strong cocktails until 1am, and then on certain weekends, the fun is just getting started when the tables are cleared and DJ Yamu spins house music into the wee hours. Just down the way, Chile Rojo serves super fresh sushi on Saturday nights and it makes a great late night snack that's just light enough to keep you in a dancing mood. Koki Beach keeps its menu available for those who like to linger in its colorful beachfront lounge chairs long after the sun has set- the kitchen is open until 11pm, and drinks may be served even later on some nights. As you make your way from beach to hotel and back, De Paso Restaurant is there to fuel your exploits with sandwiches, pizzas, pastas, and daily specials.

The Lazy Mon at Stanford's
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If you've made it to Puerto Viejo, you must visit The Lazy Mon at Stanford's, day or night, before you leave town, and in which case, you may decide to extend your stay. The Lazy Mon is a casual beachfront- as in you can go for a dip in between...  Read More



Tex Mex is conveniently located at the center of town, a big open-air spot on a corner of the main intersection in front of the beach. Wherever you're going, you're going to pass Tex Mex, and whoever's there will see you coming. During the day,...  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

Tasty Waves Cantina
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Clearly named for the undeniably stellar Caribbean surf that unfolds just across the road, Tasty Waves Cantina does much to revive the classic surfer vibe that first drew tourists to the area; whatever the weather, from the torrential rains that...  Read More



It took awhile, but finally the Pirates have planted their flag again in Puerto Viejo de Limon, and some say it's about time. The Point Bar and Grill offers sports on seven screens and Costa Rican craft beers on draft. Now the region has a place...  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



Maxi's Restaurant is truly a classic, planting its stilts in the sand several decades back, when it was the only restaurant in all of Manzanillo, and it practically still is. Located at the very end of the long road that runs all the way from...  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

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



Chile Rojo is perhaps Puerto Viejo de Limon's most popular restaurant with locals and tourists, but that doesn't mean it's always crowded. Contrarily, even on the busiest of nights, it's not uncommon to score a great table; occupying an...  Read More


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