Costa Rica's Best Seafood Restaurants: Snapper, Sushi, Shrimp Ceviche

While the expertly prepared seafood platters at Costa Rica's upscale resorts will satisfy your appetite for fish, it's the freshly caught selections seasoned and served by chefs who source their own fish that have taken Costa Rica's seafood scene by storm. At Product C in San Jose, a Canadian chef who settled on Costa Rica mainly for its abundant seafood has spearheaded a movement to use sustainably sourced fish from smaller local fishermen, raising awareness about the importance of seafood industry practices and bringing a new kind of fresh fish to the table. The menu includes four types of ceviche from fish caught fresh each day. Foodies and fish lovers have long been flocking- but still in small numbers- to the Caribbean coast for the freshest seafood served steps from the shore. At La Pecora Nera, the Italian chef raises most of his own ingredients, and if he hasn't caught the fish of the day himself, he knows who has. In the old-fashioned town of Cahuita, Sobre Las Olas is a romantic restaurant perched on the water's edge where seafood is the main attraction- mussels on the half shell are a favorite appetizer and leave just enough room for a main course of a fresh caught filet.



Samurai Sushi
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Samurai Sushi is perhaps the best sushi to be found in San Jose, if not all of Costa Rica, and they have excellent Teppan Yaki, too. After months of searching, it was a pleasure to stumble upon this place in Escaz--, not where it would not...  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

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

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

La Fuente de los Mariscos
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For excellent seafood, La Fuente is the place. Overlooking a busy parking lot and highway, it's perhaps not where one may expect to find delicious ceviche and stand=out langosta (lobster) but indeed it is. The inside is so small you'll be...  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...  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

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

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

Product C is part of a growing group of restaurants in Costa Rica that embodies the locally grown movement, serving fresh-caught seafood that spends very little time between the water and the table. What started as a beachside fish shop in the...  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