Restaurants for Backpackers in Costa Rica 

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    Bubba's & El Bohio Beach Bar

    Beachfront on Calle Bohio, Jaco, Costa Rica
    8 reviews

    Este restaurante es pura calidad sin pretensiones..buena nota, buena comida. Love this place..been here for 12 years and always have something to eat and drink there.

    Popular withOutdoorLocalBackpackers
  • 2

    The Gilded Iguana

    Playa Guiones, Costa Rica
    6 reviews

    Great hotel close to the beach; great live music and food

    Popular withFamiliesNightlifeAdventure
  • 3

    Los Olivos

    2 reviews

    Wonderful restaurant in Puriscal for some good Costa Rican Food!

    Popular withAdventureBackpackersGreen
  • 4

    El Cuartel de la Boca del Monte

    Diagonal al cine Magaly, San Jose Costa Rica
    5 reviews

    This is by far my favorite bar in Costa Rica. It's gets a mixed crowd of young college students and adventure seekers heading out to surf, fish, scuba, zip line, etc...They have a good selection of local beers and mixed drinks. Lively spot with a chill Pura Vida atmosphere

    Popular withNightlifeStudentsBackpackers
  • 5

    La Luna

    Playa Nosara, Costa Rica
    9 reviews

    One of the more high scale beachfront bars/restaurants in Nosara, great cocktails and appetizers, also had white linen bungalows on the beach with candles and little tables for parties of 2-4 to hang out in a little more private setting. Go for sunset cocktails, the view is unreal.

    Popular withFoodiesOutdoorBackpackers
  • 6


    Flamingo Resort, Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica
    7 reviews

    This is the best family restaurant with the widest selection of food in the entire area. They specialize in everything! Easy to find and always the first place I recommend to eat at when you arrive!

    Popular withFamilies
  • 7

    Coco Loco

    Flamingo Beach Road, Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica
    7 reviews

    Great place for lunch and sunset dinner right on the sand.

    Popular withFamilies
  • 8

    Eat at Joe's

    155, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
    2 reviews

    A nice place to have afternoon or evening drinks at the edge of Tamarindo beach. "Nachos as big as your ass" , good drinks, fun atmosphere

    Popular withBudgetBackpackers
  • 9

    The Shack

    Brasilito to Potrero, Costa Rica
    4 reviews

    Walking distant from our condo, very casual low-key and affordable

    Popular withBackpackersStudentsFamilies
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  • 10

    El Avion

    Costa Rica
    19 reviews

    El Avion is an aptly named restaurant since their is an airplane body attached to the restaurant. El Avion is also an elevated restaurant and had beautiful views to watch the sunset. The sunset is enough of a reason to come eat at this restaurant, but the drinks are also pretty good. They have a handful of frozen beverages that ...

    Popular withOutdoorFamiliesHistory
  • 11


    Playa Avellanas, Costa Rica
    13 reviews

    On Playa Avellanas. A fun place for a leisurely meal and great swimming and surfing

    Popular withFamiliesAdventureLocal
  • 12

    Cafe Milagro

    Manuel Antonio road

    A great place for breakfast in the morning, or lunch. Or just hang out at the cafe and use their wife services to catch up on emails.

    Popular withFamiliesFoodiesTrendsters
  • 13


    20m East of Los Amigos and La Pops, Jaco, Costa Rica
    13 reviews

    Tacobar is the coolest restaurant I went to in Jaco. The food is fresh and flavorful and the menu is extensive. You can get all sorts of tacos, ceviche, smoothies, salads, etc. etc. The best part is the set of swings available as seating at the bar. You can swing, relax, stuff your face, and feel like you're truly on ...

    Popular withFoodies
  • 14

    Tsunami Sushi

    Ave Pastor Diaz, north of Calle Cocal, Jaco, Costa Rica.
    11 reviews

    We love the Jaco rolls which include sweet mango wrapped shrimp unique to Costa Rica!

  • 15

    Restaurante Barba Roja

    Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
    10 reviews

    my office ! daren the chef is an excellent cook ! stunning sunset views and great atmosphere on most nights , closed mondays...

    Popular withFamiliesOutdoorAdventure
  • 16

    Ronny's Place

    Costa Rica
    10 reviews

    Ronny's is a great place for a sunset cocktail and/or dinner. This is a truly authentic local experience with "tipico" food choices.

    Popular withFamiliesAdventure
  • 17

    Koji's Restaurant

    Playa Hermosa Cobano
    5 reviews

    Koji's restaurant is a world class sushi restaurant near Playa Hermosa Cobano. You know the seafood is going to be fresh. Visually it looks like a dump because the garden is a scruffy mess. Reservations are recommended.

    Popular withLuxuryFoodiesVegetarian
  • 18

    Kapi Kapi

    Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
    8 reviews

    We think this is one of the best dining experiences offered in Manuel Antonio. Every menu item is delicious. The ambiance is quiet, comfortable, and relaxing. Ask ahead about ordering one of their special desserts, too.

    Popular withLuxuryFoodies
  • 19

    Emilios Cafe

    Costa Rica
    6 reviews

    this is another amazing place with an amazing view of the park , food is excellent and they have live music on some nights , jazz or other.

    Popular withVegetarianFamiliesOutdoor
  • 20

    Lemon Zest Restaurant

    El Jardin Plaza, 2nd Floor
    7 reviews

    Richard and Nellie Lemon, expats from Miami, love what they do and it shows. Super innovative menu with only the freshest local ingredients make for a changing menu that might be one of the best at the beach.

    Popular withFoodies
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