a. Downtown Quepos
Total: 7 Restaurants
Sorted by Price from lowest to highest
Tropical Sushi Sushi/Japanese Around Town
Barba Roja Seafood Around Town
El Gran Escape Seafood Around Town
Restaurant Vela-Bar International Around Town
Plinio Restaurant International Around Town
Karola's Seafood Around Town
Sunspot Bar & Grill International Around Town
b. Downtown San Marcos de Tarrazu:
Bar y Restaurant Tachos / International /Around town
Pizzeria Las Tejas / Pizza / Around Town
About Costa Rican Cuisine
Costa Rican cuisine is simple but It's almost easier to find an
American fast food outlet than a restaurant serving good, native
cuisine." Comida tipica, or native dishes, rely heavily on
rice and beans, the basis of many Costa Rican meals. "Home-style"
cooking predominates. But meals are generally wholesome and reasonably
priced. Gallo pinto, the national dish of fried rice and black beans,
is as ubiquitous as is the hamburger in North America, particularly
as a breakfast (desayuno) staple. Many meals are derivatives, including
arroz con pollo (rice and chicken) or arroz con tuna. At lunch,
gallo pinto becomes the casado (married): rice and beans supplemented
with cabbage-and-tomato salad, fried plantains, and meat. Vegetables
do not form a large part of the diet.
Food staples include carne (beef, sometimes called bistek), pollo
(chicken), and pescado (fish). Beef and steaks are relatively inexpensive,
but don't expect your steak to match its North American counterpart;
at its worst you may be served a leathery slab cooked in grease.
They're also lean (cattle is grass-fed). Despite 1,227 kilometers
(767 miles) of coastline, seafood — especially shrimp (camarones)
or lobster (langosto) — is expensive, because Costa Rica exports
most of its seafood.
Eating in Costa Rica doesn't present the health problems that plague
the unwary traveler elsewhere in Central America, but you need to
be aware that pesticide use in Costa Rica is unregulated. Always
wash vegetables in water known to be safe. And ensure that any fruits
you eat are peeled yourself; you never know where someone else's
hands have been. Otherwise, stick to staples such as bananas and
oranges. Remember, too, that the kitchen of a snazzy restaurant
with candelabra and silverware may not live up to its facade. Eat
where the locals eat. Usually that means tasty and trustworthy food.
Dining in Costa Rica is a leisurely experience, befitting the relaxed
pace of a genteel vacation. Restaurants normally open 11 a.m.- 2
p.m and 6 p.m.- 11 p.m. or midnight. Some restaurants stay open
Many bars in Costa Rica have a delightful habit of serving bocas-savory
tidbits ranging from ceviche to tortillas con queso (tortillas with
cheese) — with each drink. Some bars provide them free, so
long as you're drinking. Others apply a small charge. Turtle (tortuga)
eggs are a popular dish in many bars. The eggs may have been legally
taken with the first arribadas (mass turtle nestings) of the season.
Turtles, however, are an endangered and protected species, and the
eggs may have been taken illegally.
The best places to buy fresh food are the Saturday morning street
markets (ferias de agricultor).