Villas del Rio


5 Awesome dinner spots in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is blessed to be a bridge between very rich lands that offer a wide variety of ingredients to play with when cooking.

That’s why when deciding where to have dinner, a good variety of  places come to mind. And a hard evaluation of the cravings in the group.

Here we list some options you really should try because of their good food and concept:


Taco Bar

The concept of fish tacos isn’t new, but mixed with responsible fishing and the best preparation makes of this a place you definitely can’t miss.

Taco Bar’s interesting architecture as well as delicious smoothies are a wonderful combination for a night with friends.

I strongly recommend the tuna steak or the calamari tacos, they’re delicious!


You’ll feel the tropical vibes at its full here.


This is a very romantic spot with a view of all the central valley. You can have dinner next to a big chimney while enjoying your lebanese food.

This place is known for making their own sausages which are to die for, along with the grill.

If you go some nights a week you can enjoy a live belly dance show or guitarist.


Another beautiful place with a view, but this time serves traditional Costa Rican food.

They welcome you with typical dances and live music at the light of the moon and stars, while you have dinner at the terrace.  

At Tiquicia I suggest you try the samplers, that way you can taste different plates sharing with your friends or loved one.

It’s located in the mountains of Escazu so it’ll only take you 20 minutes from San José to get there.

Grano de Oro

This gorgeous hotel right in San José Downtown will give you a fancy welcome.

It is a bit pricier than the other options but it is totally worth the money.

They will take you through an international menu with french, italian meats and main courses finishing with incredible desserts you’ll never forget.

The service here is outstanding, they will make everything in their hands so you have a wonderful night.

Novillo Alegre

If you are a meat lover like I am you’ll know this is the real deal when you get here.

This argentinian grill has all the South American cuts that bring the most of the flavour.

I personally like my beef bare with salt on it, but they also serve delicious sauces and veggies to match your main meaty treat.

This is the place to pair your meal with a glass of good wine as well, since they serve a wide variety of the precious liquid.