Costa Rica is not only home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, but also delicious and flavorful local cuisine. Many of our favorite restaurants are within a convenient walking distance. Enjoy a stroll through the exotic, beautiful scenery of the surrounding jungle and nearby ocean. Many of our recommended restaurants also have ocean views!
We suggest some of the following dining options for the best experience during your stay:
is a cozy, seaside seafood restaurant which also serves wonderful steaks and pasta, located on a hill overlooking the gorgeous beaches of Manuel Antonio. A great place to eat while watching the sunset.
serves great cocktails and a wonderful ocean view! The Café is an open-air dining room overlooking the jungle and ocean below, allowing for a nice sea breeze while you eat. The kitchen/bar area is also open-air, so you can watch the chef and staff as they prepare your food. Seafood is their main specialty, but bar food such as burgers, fajitas, and chicken fingers are also available. (Closed on Wednesdays)
is a local mainstay, also with an ocean view. Ronny’s Place is situated on a mountain peak in the middle of a local “rancho” farm, allowing for a clear view of the bay and horizon, where you can have a clear view of the sunset at any time of year. Their wide menu includes everything from seafood soups and filet mignon to tacos made with the freshest locally-caught fish.
is another wonderful local seafood restaurant with a laid back atmosphere and ocean views. All seafood is locally sourced and fresh.
is great for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Baldi’s serves coffee, milkshakes and fruit bowls, as well as scrumptious burgers and sandwiches (and of course, the ubiquitous seafood options). The outdoor seating is perfect for watching the nearby waves. Only one two-lane street separates Baldi’s from the white sands of the nearby beach! It’s the perfect place to enjoy an entire day at the beach, with easy access to food and drink just a stone’s throw away from your beach chair.
is a great choice for local, healthy cuisine. They specialize in Costa Rican and Mediterranean dishes. Emilio’s has a diverse menu that ranges from snapper to curry to huevos rancheros, and a wide array of desserts. Vegetarian, Vegan, and Gluten-free options are also available.
is a local, casual Italian restaurant with wood-fired pizza, pastas, salads and more!
another open-air restaurant with a casual atmosphere and great bar food! Have some wings and crack open a cold beer to wind down for the day.
is another amazing breakfast spot. Their catchphrase is “Still more monkeys than people!” – nearby grazing monkeys are a regular sight among the trees that border the alfresco dining area. Visit Restaurant Anaconda to try a traditional Costa Rican breakfast!
also has an ocean view, with a more elegant dining experience. Their award-winning chef has a wide repertoire of cuisines, ranging from Costa Rican traditional seafood dishes, Caribbean dishes, Tex-Mex, French, and Italian cuisine. Le Papillon offers a wide variety of international wines and champagnes. Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, and Dairy-free options are available.