Did you know? Friends find reviews that are two sentence or more the most helpful.
- serves a variety of typical Costa Rican food
This restaurant is similar to a sidewalk café. This restaurant has several outside seats that are along the sidewalk. It serves a wide variety of food. The presentation of the food is well done.
Directions: Kiddy corner to the park in the center of town, down the street from the Banco National.
Café – German owned, serves a variety of breakfast and lunch dishes (including German sausage)
Another favourite hangout spot for the Gringo population in town. This café serves a great breakfast. It also has a delicious carrot cake. It serves a variety of coffees and other desserts as well.
Directions: One block west of the park. Located on the second floor of the mini mall on the corner (above the Gallo furniture store)
closed Mondays – serves a variety of breakfast and lunch items
If you are looking to hang out with the Gringo population in Atenas, this is the place to go. They serve a delicious Sunday brunch three times a month.
Directions: From the house, follow the road back into town. It is on the left hand side of the road right before the hospital.
– serves pupusas
Pupusas are a think corn tortilla that is stuffed with a variety of ingredients, most commonly, cheese, pork, and refried beans. You can choose what you would like inside your pupusa.
Directions: From the gas station, in the direction of the airport, 1 mile on the right hand side, right beside Don Yayos restaurant.
– closed Mondays - serves traditional Mexican food
We would recommend the shrimp or the quesadillas. We have had tenants that raved about the lobster and went back for more. We have never tried it.
Directions: From the gas station, in the direction of the beach, go 3-4 miles. It is on the right hand side.
-serves traditional Costa Rican food
This restaurant is a little rustic but provides lots of entertainment while you watch the traffic pass by.
Directions: From the gas station, in the direction of the beach, at the flashing light on the right hand side.
The tortellini is good. The atmosphere at this restaurant is nice and intimate.
Directions: From the gas station, in the direction of the beach, 2 miles on the left hand side.
closed on Wednesdays – serves traditional Costa Rican food
This restaurant is a little hard to find even though it is right in front of you. It is hidden behind a jungle of plants. We recommend the Chifrijo. It is the best in Atenas. It is a tomato, bean, rice mixture. At this restaurant, the chifrijo has chicken, beef and pork in it.
Directions: From the gas station, in the direction of the airport, turn right at the Coca Cola sign. When you reach the end of the boulevard, it is right in front of you behind all of the plants.
closed on Wednesdays – serves traditional Costa Rican food
This is our favourite restaurant in town. It is very cheap and the food is good. The menu is divided into bocas and platos. The bocas are an appetizer portion. Basically, it is the main part of the dish without the sides of rice, beans, etc. The bocas are cheap, and a good way to try a variety of dishes. We recommend the chicken burrito, carne Mexicana, or patacones.
Directions: From the gas station, in the direction of the beach, turn right just before the flashing light.
Usually closed Monday and Tuesday; however, she often closes randomly on other days too. – serves Italian food
This is the fanciest restaurant in town. It is an Italian restaurant. Alida, the owner, is from Italy. She hand tosses the pizzas in front of you and cooks them in a stone oven. We highly recommend ordering the pizza here. It is thin crust pizza and a person with a good appetite is able to eat one on his or her own. The tiramisu is pretty good also.
Directions: From the gas station, in the direction of the beach, 1.5 miles on your right hand side. Has a table with wine bottles out at the road. If the gate is open, the restaurant is open and if the gate is closed, the restaurant is closed.
open 7 days a week – serves traditional Costa Rican food – a lot of the food is fried pub style food.
This is one of two restaurants in town that serves draft beer. A lot of the food at this restaurant is fried. On Mondays, they serve “heuesos” which translates to “bones”. These are deep fried pieces of pork on the bone. Some have lots of meat and some have very little meat. This is a popular dish among the locals. We recommend the Chifrijo. It is a Costa Rican dish. It is a tomato, bean, rice mixture with a soup base. It comes topped with deep fried bits of pork and tortilla chips.
Directions: From the gas station, in the direction of the airport, 1 mile on the right hand side.
open 7 days a week – serves traditional Costa Rican food and some BBQ.
This restaurant has under gone a big face-lift in the last couple of years. We have not eaten here often since the renovations occurred so we cannot offer many recommendations, but we would recommend the quesadilla.
Directions: From the gas station, in the direction of the airport, three houses past the gas station.
Zoo Ave is a small zoo that is located about 25 minutes from the house. It is an animal sanctuary so the small fee that you pay to get in goes to caring for the animals. You get very close to the animals in this zoo. The dense flora also makes this place nice to visit. Not only is it nice to look at, it provides a lot of shade too! There is also a small zip line here. It is great for someone who is a little anxious to try it out, or for the young child looking for some adventure. Again, the small additional fee that you pay goes toward caring for the animals.
The Poas Volcano National Park is a great place to do some hiking. Nothing too strenuous though. If the clouds permit, you get to see the breath taking view down into the Poas Volcano. If you are up for a little bigger hike there is a beautiful lake to see too. For the curious mind there is a small museum area that educates you about the history of the Poas Volcano, and also about the wildlife in the area. The altitude here is quite high, so it is a little chilly. A jacket and maybe some pants are recommended. You want to arrive at the National Park early so that you beat the clouds. A trip to the La Paz Waterfall park after seeing the volcano rounds out a perfect day trip. The Poas Volcano National Park is about 1 hour from Atenas.
Coupled with the Poas Volcano, this is a great day trip! The owner has done a great job of making this park easily accessible, while still keeping all of the natural beauty. This animal sanctuary lets you get up close and personal to many different birds and animals of Costa Rica. It is a great place for taking pictures of birds, animals, and waterfalls. The buffet lunch is really good as well!
The SJO airport is 30 minutes away from the house. This airport has undergone many renovations recently and is a very modern airport. The airport provides free internet while you are waiting for your flight.