Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula Restaurants

Seafood and fresh fish are tops here, followed by fast food—pizza, tacos, barbecue—to satisfy the hordes of hungry surfers and beachgoers. But there are many sophisticated restaurants, too, offering Asian-fusion, Italian, French, and international cuisine, especially in the tourist-heavy beach towns of Hermosa, Flamingo, Tamarindo, Nosara, and Sámara. Many restaurants, especially tourist-oriented ones with dollar-denominated menus, do not include the 13% tax plus mandatory 12% service. By law, menus are required to show the total price including tax, but many owners flout this law. Be sure to ask if taxes are included; otherwise you may be surprised by a bill that’s 25% higher than you expected.

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  • 1. The Lookout

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    As if the breathtaking view high in the hills above Playas del Coco weren't enough (you may recognize it from its feature on the television...Read More

  • 2. Citron

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    It might not be beachfront, but this snazzy restaurant has an upscale vibe with hardwood floors, white brick walls, and a wine bar shaking up...Read More

  • 3. Guayoyo Coffee House

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    An exuberant mix of American and Venezuelan favorites makes this breakfast spot a favorite of locals and tourists alike who come for the coffee and...Read More

  • 4. La Dolce Vita

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    Two Italian brothers offer well-prepared Italian classics, as well as some interesting seafood dishes like tuna tartare and tagliolini with...Read More

  • 5. Santorini

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    If you're in the mood for something more Mediterranean head to this open-air Greek restaurant for some moussaka or the fresh catch of the day...Read More

  • 6. Garden 248 Gastropub

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    Look for the string of paper lanterns over a white-pebble patio and you'll know you’ve arrived at this cool spot famous for creative cuisine and...Read More

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