Pecora Nera – Cocles
This open-air joint on the jungle’s edge has a deserved reputation as the finest Italian restaurant in the region. The menu has a broad selection of pizzas and pastas, but your best bet is to just ask Ilario (the owner and chef) what’s fresh and special for that day, and to trust his instincts and inventions. The main dishes come with a variety of side dishes. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 4:30 pm to 10:00 pm. You can see the Pecora Nera menu on their website here.
Chile Rojo – Puerto Viejo
Chile Rojo offers a true taste of Thailand, Asia and the Middle East, in a cozy and casual atmosphere, complete with an outdoor patio.They aim to give you a unique dining experience with a selection of exotic, authentic and delicious dishes. Come and experience an “oasis of flavor” with their wide variety of dishes featuring chicken, lamb, seafood, vegetarian, rice and beef side dishes. Specialized in creating exotic cocktails at very affordable prices. We serve you everything from beer to fine wine and the perfect Martini. You can also order takeout. Check out their menu here on their website.
Open Wednesday to Friday from 4:30 pm – 9:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 am to 8:30 pm. Closed on Thursdays.
Koki Beach – Puerto Viejo
Best location of all restaurants in Puerto Viejo with a water-front chill-out view. A great place for a couple of mojitos. Food is delicious and the starters are so well-sized they can even make up for a full meal. Prices are $$ with a great price-value.
Latin fusion cuisine with a Caribbean twist. Check out their menu on their Facebook page.
Open Tue-Sun between 5pm and 11pm, closed Mondays ;-). Parking on the street. Take VISA and MasterCard. Attire “casual”, Pura Vida you know.
Cafe Viejo – Puerto Viejo
This place is set right on the busiest corner of “downtown” Puerto Viejo. You can get a wide range of pastas and thin-crust wood-oven pizzas here, as well as more substantial fish, chicken, and meat entrees. On weekends, a late-night lounge often develops here, with electronic music and dancing. Check out the menu on their website.
Open Monday to Sunday from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Closed on Tuesdays only.
Bread & Chocolate – Puerto Viejo
Bread and Chocolate is a small, all natural, bakery and cafe on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. We offer a variety of freshly baked goods, hand-made chocolate truffles, and cakes, as well as breakfast and lunch. See the menu on their website.
The owner takes pride in his food and service and comes around to chat with you. It’s a place to appease breakfast, lunch and chocolate needs!
Open Tuesday through Saturday from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm and on Sundays from 6:30 am to 2:30 pm.
El Refugio – Punta Uva
El Refugio is owned by a very friendly Argentinian couple and has a mere five or so tables, the atmosphere intimate and perfect for a romantic dinner or for lunch after a day at the beach. You can find the best cuts of beef here and the food is beyond compare. And if you like mussels (mejillones), that is a must-try!
Open Thursday through Tuesday from 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, closed on Wednesdays.
4th Generation Restaurant – Manzanillo
Do you want to eat in a restaurant near the Caribbean food facilities? This place is what you are looking for, located in downtown Manzanillo (1 kilometer from the facilities) with dishes preferred by customers Rice & Beans with chicken or fish accompanied by fried plantains and salad. They also offer a typical Costa Rican breakfast.
Open from Thursday to Tuesday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Grow – Puerto Viejo
Grow is a place with a spectacular view of the beach with a relaxing atmosphere, perfect for watching the sunset in the Caribbean. The cuisine is vegetarian and vegan with a wide variety of snacks and drinks from craft beers, cocktails to natural drinks. An excellent area to be with children, while parents relax, they can see their children enjoying the beach and the sea.
Open from Tuesday to Thursday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm and Monday from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Cocomar Restaurant – Puerto Viejo
This restaurant is located in the center of Puerto Viejo, a small family restaurant that offers lunch and dinner at a great price. Before leaving the South Caribbean, you should try an Afro-descendant dish or drink, such as Rice & Beans with chicken or fish, seafood soup, fish ceviche or even a delicious rice with shrimp, Afro-descendant drinks such as “Sorrel” made with flower of jamaica and ginger or “Hiel” made with ginger, cane sugar and lime.
Open from Friday to Wednesday from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Colores Restaurant – Manzanillo
Still don’t know what to eat? This restaurant can give you many options from hamburgers, pastas, salads, seafood, to a wide variety of entrees and desserts, with a relaxed atmosphere full of flavor and above all excellent customer service. This year he has obtained an award for obtaining a wine list in the Limón area.
Open from Monday to Saturday from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm, closed Sundays.