Restaurants in Monteverde Costa Rica

Despite its small size and remote location, Monteverde has a very sophisticated food scene. Local and international restaurants of all sorts and in all price ranges are easy to find throughout the town. You could easily spend a week here and eat somewhere different every day (not that we are recommending it if you are on a budget!). Here is a list of some of the best restaurants in Monteverde Costa Rica.

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Cafe Orchid Coffee Shop

Dinner
+506 2264-5685
A true local favorite Café Orchid is a great place to go for coffee, smoothies, crepes, paninis etc. This is a great place for breakfast or even lunch! We especially recommend you try some of their famous pancakes.
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The Green Restaurant

International
+506 2645-7755
The Green takes pride in using only local and organic ingredients to create some of the most incredible meals in all of Monteverde. The Green’s steaks are famous, but there are also many vegan and vegetarian options as well as an array of dishes from different parts of the world.
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Cafe Cabure

Coffee / Chocolate
+506 2645-7444
Café Cabure is an Argentine restaurant and coffee shop located at the Paseo de Stella Tourist Center. Owner Susana Salas opened Café Cabure as a way to express her culinary passion for South American dishes. Cabure Café also sells a wide array of fine chocolates and chocolate products. We recommended trying some of her authentic Argentine empanadas!
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Choco Cafe Don Juan

Coffee / Chocolate
+506 2645-7444
The Choco Café Don Juan is located inside the Don Juan plantation, named after Don Juan Cruz. Born in 1937, Don Juan was part of one of the first pioneering farming families that arrived to Monteverde and began to grow coffee. Visitors can take a tour of the entire plantation and top it off with some coffee and chocolates at the Choco Café.
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Beso Espresso, Santa Elena

Coffee
+506 2645-6874
Beso Espresso is a heaven for coffee lovers! This quaint Café is dedicated to specialty coffee and pastries. Visitors can find a great selection from award winning micro mills located in various parts of the county. Coffee is roasted once a week to ensure its always fresh and eco-friendly practices of disposal are strictly observed.
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Taco Taco, Santa Elena

Mexican
+506 5018-0525
If you’re looking for something fast and delicious than Taco Taco is perfect for you! Here you will find tacos, burritos, quesadillas, pork al pastor, roasted veggies, battered mahi mahi and much more! Service is swift and friendly, the food is declicious, and prices are reasonable. What more could anyone ask for?
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Restaurante Arrecifes

Seafood
+506 2645-7158
Located next to El Establo Hotel, Arrecifes is a mandatory stop for any seafood lovers in Monteverde. The menu is varied with a wide array of choices, the service is excellent, and prices are fair. We recommend trying some of their famous Ceviche as well as the Tuna Steaks!
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Restaurante Celajes at Hotel Belma

Costa Rican
+506 2645- 5201
Located inside the gorgeous Hotel Belma, Restaurante Celajes offers visitors all sorts of typical Costa Rican dishes crafted with a special twist courtesy of the hotel’s chef. Restaurante Celajes takes pride in only using high quality local ingredients, many of which are grown on the hotel property inside their greenhouse and herb gardens, or on the Belmar family organic farm. We recommend trying some of their special craft beer which is made on site!
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Soda La Salvadita, Santa Elena

Costa Rican
+506 8886- 9409
La Salvadita is a quaint typical Costa Rican dinner with economical options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We recommend trying their beef Casados and fried fish fillet for lunch or dinner. As for breakfast, you just can’t go wrong with some traditional Gallo Pinto and eggs!
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Don Luis Restaurante, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Fusion
+506 2645-5452
Don Luis is a great place to visit when you’re feeling particularly hungry, as it is famous for its large portions! Most nights there is live music which creates a great atmosphere for going with friends. Their most famous dish is their pizza but we also recommend their steak and red snapper! Their wine menu is also known to be one of the best in the area.
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Stella’s Bakery

Bakery
+506 2645-5560
Stellas Bakery has been operating for over 23 years, making it one of longest running establishments in the Monteverde area. Their specialty is fresh baked goods and lunch dishes. Some of the most popular dishes on the menu include pastries, sandwiches, soups, shakes, smoothies, quiche, and much more. Stellas is open for both breakfast and lunch, and is a great option for homemade food.
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Restaurante De Lucia

International
+506 2645-5337
Located inside the well-known De Lucia Inn, the De Lucia Restaurant is another old time establishment that has been open for over 20 years. This family owned restaurant offers visitors a wide array of international dishes in a warm and inviting atmosphere. We recommend trying some of their fine steaks.
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Sabor Tico, Santa Elena

Costa Rican
+506 2645-5827
Sabor Tico is a typical Costa Rican Dinner or “Soda” that specializes in rice and beans dishes accompanied vegetables, salads, and meat, chicken, or fish. Sabor Ticos has generous portions at very economical prices. We recommend trying their delicious milkshakes!
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Monteverde Gastroclub

Fusion
+506 4700-3696
Monteverde Gastroclub is a very unique restaurant that specializes in Japanse and Peuvian fusion. It may sound like a strange concept, but chef and owner Roberto not only pulls it off but manages to make some of the tastiest and most creative dishes in Monteverde. We recommend trying one of their colorful rainbow rolls.
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Sophia’s

Latin Fusion
+506 2645-7017
Sophia’s is one of Monteverde’s most sought out fine dining locations and for good reason. Sophia’s boasts to-notch service, impeccably clean presentation, and world-class gourmet cooking set in a romantic candle lighted setting. Their fine wines and assorted drinks top-notch, we recommend trying any of them along with tenderloin, roasted pork, or sea bass.
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Raulito’s Pollo

Grill
+506 8308-0810
Raulitos has been described by many locals as the best chicken in town, and we’re inclined to agree! Consisting of a simple outdoor stand, Raulito’s does the classic Costa Rica rotisserie chicken that is so popular throughout the country. Despite its great quality, Raulito’s is a great choice for anyone on a budget.

Monteverde Beer House, Santa Elena

Craft Brewery / Mediterranean
+506 2645-6943
A mandatory stop for craft beer aficionados, Monteverde’s Beer House sells not only an assortment of international craft beers but also their own Adamá Beer brewed in Monteverde. The food consists of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes like kebabs, falafel, and hummus.
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Bistro Bon Appetit, Santa Elena

Pizza
+506 2645-6943
This Bisto is a great place to go to for some quick, fresh pizza. Located just outside of Santa Elena, Bon Appetit offers large portions, great service, and fair prices. We recommend trying some of the local crafted beers that they have for sale.
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Referee’s

Pub / Sports Bar
+506 2645-7164
Referee’s is a traditional American sportsbar for anyone feeling a little homesick or wanting to catch up on a sporting event back home. All the classical dishes are here: burgers, wings, chicken fingers, quesadillas, and a wide array of local and international beers.
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Restaurante Morpho’s, Santa Elena

International
+506 2645-7373
One of the most popular restaurants in Monteverde, favored by both locals and visitors, is Morphos. The inside of the restaurant is exquisitely decorated with beautiful murals depicting the cloud forest of Monteverde. Open for dinner and lunch, Morphos carries a varied menu consisting mostly of soups, sandwiches, stews, salads, meats, chicken and fish.
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Quimera’s, Santa Elena

Latin
+506 2645-7037
Quimera’s focuses mostly on Latin American infused tapas. The portions are not as big as in other restaurants; the best course of action is ordering several different dishes and sharing them with friends. The Thai chicken and the shrimp in Sambal sauce are also popular choices.
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Tree House Restaurante & Café, Santa Elena

International
+506 2645-5751
The aptly named Tree House is famous for the beautiful fig tree that grows right in the center of the restaurant, giving it a unique atmosphere and scenery to enjoy while you’re eating. Tree House has an incredibly varied menu, with options ranging from pizza and pasta, to Mexican dishes, sandwiches, fondue and much more. On many nights there is live music inside the restaurant.
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Bar Amigos, Santa Elena

Pub
+506 2645-5071
Located in the center of Santa Elena, Bar Amigos has some of the best nightlife of Monteverde along with tasty fast food dishes and some great quality main dishes. This place is a local favorite and tends to fill up after 7. There is usually a DJ or live music.
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Amy’s Cuisine

International / Pizza
+506 2645-7272
A local favorite, Amy’s Cuisine is very well balanced restaurant that gives you lots to choose from. The main focus is meats and fishes but their pizza is also very tasty and well made. Vegetarian plates are also available.
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Maravilla, Santa Elena

Latin
+506 2645-6623
A Costa Rican dinner with an international twist, Maravilla offers more than just Casados! Perfect for anyone on a budget, you will get a good meal without paying too much. We recommend trying their famous Quesadillas!
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Toro Tinto

Steakhouse
+506 2645-6552
Meat lovers rejoice! Toro Tinto specializes in steaks made from grass fed cattle and fine wines from South America. Eating here can be a little pricier than in most “Sodas” but the quality of the food is guaranteed to be superior.
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Pizzeria y Restaurante DiKary

Pizza
+506 2645-6774
DiKary’s is an excellent option for anyone on a budget but in the mood for good pizza. For roughly $8 you can get large homemade pizza made with fresh toppings and in traditional Italian fashion. If you end up going more than once we recommend you also try their pasta!
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Bromelias Del Rio, Santa Elena

International / Pizza
Bromelias Del Rio has a reputation for having a varied menu and great tasting dishes. Based mostly on Costa Rican and Latin food, there is also great pizza and baked goods. Bromelias is a perfect option if you’re looking for a good place to have lunch or simply some coffee and pastries.

I’m Hungry

Fast Food
I’m Hungry covers all of the fast food basics: pizza, burgers, burritos, hot dogs, and even Chinese. Great location and good pricing make it a location favored by locals, the only drawback is that there is nowhere to sit. We recommend trying their dessert crepes!

Farallones Tapas Bar

Spanish
Located between Monteverde and Santa Elena, Farallones shares its building with Johnny's pizzería. This is the perfect spot for going with a group of friends and sharing some Tapas. There is a very good atmosphere and live music on most nights.

Rancho Tipico El Fogon

Costa Rican
+506 8868-1478
El fogón features tasty homemade food cooked on a wood-fired grill, set in a charming rustic atmosphere. You already know the drill for these types of restaurants; your best bet is the Casado!

Sabor Español

Spanish
+506 2645-5387
Traditional Spanish cooking combined with the experimentation of a very skillful chef gives us Sabor Español. The usual Spanish dishes like Paella and Patatas Bravas are perfectly carried out, but the menu also has a few good surprises for anyone feeling a bit more daring! We recommend trying some of their famous Sangria while you’re there.
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