Tortuguero and the Caribbean Coast Restaurants

The many open-air dining spots out here provide you with that ultimate tropical dining experience, with Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offering one of Costa Rica’s most varied dining scenes. Think seafood, chicken, coconut, and fruits in the Caribbean. Restaurateurs take advantage of the bounty of the land and sea in this part of the country.

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  • 1. Barakka Bistro

    $$$ | Italian

    An expat Italian-French couple have fused the cuisines of their respective countries into Cahuita’s most stylish and cozy dining spot. Combine...Read More

  • 2. El Refugio Grill

    $$$ | Argentine

    This tiny rancho-style restaurant in the middle of a forest clearing is one of Costa Rica's top Argentine restaurants. The menu varies throughout...Read More

  • 3. La Pecora Nera

    $$$$

    For nearly 30 years, the owner of this Italian restaurant has gone to great lengths to assure ingredients are authentic, including importing olive oil and...Read More

  • 4. Stashus con Fusion

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    This restaurant epitomizes Puerto Viejo: lively, organic, popular, but confident enough not to seek trendiness. Ordering is by sauces: Thai peanut, Indonesian-Caribbean curry, Mexican chipotle,...Read More

  • 5. Amimodo

    $$$

    The name translates to "my way," and the exuberant Italian owners really do it their way, combining the cuisine of their native northern Italy with...Read More

  • 6. Aroma, Coffee Bar & Breakfast

    $$ | Vegetarian

    Fortify yourself for a day of sightseeing with a vegan breakfast, perhaps banana pancakes or crepes, at this semi-open-air spot. For lunch,...Read More

  • 7. Bread & Chocolate

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    The takeaway line for brownies—made with their own processed cocoa—forms at the gate before this place opens at 6:30 am. Stick around, though, for a...Read More

  • 8. Brigitte's Ranch

    $ | Café

    Fuel up for the day's activities at this informal, open-air café on the Playa Negra road. A hearty breakfast—served until noon—of banana pancakes...Read More

  • 9. Budda Café

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    Pizza, crepes, pastas, and fresh fish are on the menu at this small, canal-side café in the center of town. Wood lattice over the windows,...Read More

  • 10. Café Viejo

    $$$

    This is the hot place to see and be seen on Puerto Viejo's main drag. The owners learned to cook at the knee of their...Read More

  • 11. Caribeans

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    At first glance, this small café could use a spelling lesson, but since Caribeans deals in coffee and chocolate, the play on words is apt....Read More

  • 12. Cheeky Monkey

    $$ | Pizza

    Flatbread pizza is the name of the game at this dining spot, which you'll see as you head out of town toward Playa Cocles. The folks here come...Read More

  • 13. Chile Rojo

    $$

    Not a thing about the name or furnishings reflects its Thai and Middle Eastern offerings, but this restaurant does a brisk business. Choose from Thai...Read More

  • 14. Como en Mi Casa ArtCafe

    $

    Everything is made on-site at this small second-floor café. Start off the day with an order of vegan pancakes and fruit smoothie, or ease into...Read More

  • 15. De Gustibus Bakery

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    Follow your nose to this bakery where breads, cakes, and pastries lure customers from the point of "just a bite" to breakfast-on-repeat---it’s hard to resist...Read More

  • 16. Dorling's Bakery

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    What this small bakery misses in ambience and decor, it makes up for in quality baked goods to go. This is a great place to...Read More

  • 17. Dread Nut Coffee

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    An easy-to-miss Caribbean-style clapboard house near the bus stop makes a great place to fortify yourself for a day of sightseeing. The industrious staff here...Read More

  • 18. Koki Beach

    $$$

    This slightly elevated terrace restaurant with colorful furniture (and colorful characters) is a great place to watch Puerto Viejo's parade of evening passersby and the...Read More

  • 19. Miss Edith

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    Miss Edith—women in Caribbean communities are addressed as "Miss" regardless of marital status—is revered for her flavorful Caribbean cooking, vegetarian meals, and herbal teas for...Read More

  • 20. Pizzeria Cahuita

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    Pastas and meat entrées are on the menu, but the real draw here is the 30 varieties of thin-crust pizza whipped up and served with...Read More

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