Eat Your Heart Out at Puerto Viejo's Most Romantic Restaurants

The Caribbean coast of Costa Rica is oozing with the certain type of charms that make you fall head over heels in love. The most romantic restaurants feature the freshest local ingredients and take advantage of open-air settings that seem to encourage nature to take its course. Outside tables at Sobre las Olas in Cahuita let you sink your toes in the sand as you watch the sunset over the sea, and the ceviche here is as fresh as can be. In Puerto Viejo de Limon, the Lizard King Resort's pancakes are legendary, swoon-inducing stacks of deliciousness best shared the morning after a good night's sleep. In Cocles, look for the wooden sign that points to La Pecora Nera down a green path, where the Italian chef has a sixth sense for romance and knows just the wine to pair with whatever his special dishes of the day are. The open-air gazebo in the rainforest is perhaps the most romantic place to dine in Costa Rica. Couples can book intimate wedding dinners at the picture-perfect Jungle Love Garden Cafe, where a couple originally from California has created a dreamy escape for lovers in the tiny beach enclave of Playa Chiquita.

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

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

Jungle Love Cafe a tiny place surrounded by greenery between the secluded beach of Playa Chiquita and Manzanillo Gandoca Wildlife Refuge. Here you'll find delicious plates of food made to order with locally grown ingredients in a most romantic...  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

Bread and Chocolate has become a landmark cafe in Puerto Viejo, and for good(ies) reason. Locals and tourists enjoy gathering to partake in some wholesome breakfasts, lunches, and signature baked goods here, which include handmade truffles,...  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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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

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 practically everyone. Burritos at the Lizard King are legendarily delicious...  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


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