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There's a great international selection of restaurants in Puerto Viejo and area, something for every taste. Check out the listings below. There's also a great selection of bars and discos to dance the night away or listen to live music.

Puerto Viejo is also super vegetarian friendly and most places cater to vegetarians but also check out our vegetarian page for the best options.

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Listings are sorted by the area of town they are in. Scroll down for options in Puerto Viejo, Playa Negra (Puerto Viejo), Cocles, Playa Chiquita, Punta Uva, Manzanillo, Cahuita, Gandoca, Hone Creek, Bribri and Sixaola.

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Italian and fusion cuisine in front of Salsa Brava surf spot
 +506 2750 0257
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Angus y Tuna

Restaurant and grill specializing in steak and seafood. Open for dinner only.
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Beto Caribbean Food

Casual restaurant near the bus stop and with tables also on the beach side. Serves traditional Tico and Caribbean food.
 +506 7143 6479
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Bread and Chocolate

Restaurant known for their baked goods, coffee and desserts but there is also a full menu. Good number of vegetarian options and has some vegan desserts and meals as well.
 +506 2750-0723
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Café Gustitos

Casual restaurant right on the main street
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Cafe Rico

Coffee, light meals, breakfast. Open 7am to 12:45 pm. Also, bikes, snorkels and laundry 8 am - 6 pm.
 +506 2750 0510
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Cafe Viejo

Upscale Italian in an open air setting right in the center of Puerto Viejo
 +506 2750 0817
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Chaman Mercadito

Trendy lounge serving drinks and food across from the beach in town. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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Chile Rojo

Thai and asian fusion restaurant. Sushi bar. Many vegetarian and vegan options including thai curries, veggie burger and veggie sushi (ask). Great people watching on the main drag across from the beach and crafts market. Popular all you can eat Mondays. Closed Wednesdays.
 +506 2750 0025
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Choco Chocolates and Pairings

Local chocolate shop, tastings, pairings with wine, beer, rum, coffee
 +506 6363 4274
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Cocomar Comida Caribeña

Small restaurant specializing in Caribbean cooking
 +506 2750-3227
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Coffee and Nuts

Small coffee shop with a few tables in front on El Diamante. Breakfast. Roasted nuts.
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Como En Mi Casa Art Cafe

Espresso drinks, desserts, breakfast, sandwiches, salads. Open 7am to 4pm daily.
 +506 6069 6319, 6069 6337
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De Gustibus Bakery

Serving coffee, breakfast and lunch (baked goods and sandwiches). Breads, croissants, cakes and pastries... eat in and to go
 +506 2756 8397
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DreadNut Coffee and Manifesto

Little coffee shop serving breakfast, lunch and baked goods. Good vegetarian and vegan sandwich options. Also the Manifesto store selling hand painted clothing and artifacts.
 +506 8840 5247
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El Dragón

Asian cuisine and kung fu bar. Pan-asian Chinese, Thai and more dishes and cocktails.
 +506 8337 2938
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El Sabor Tico

Restaurant serving Costa Rica classics such as gallo pinto for breakfast and casados for lunch and dinner.
 +506 8876 5020
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Flip Flop Restaurant

Restaurant with varied menu including Asian curries, pasta, fajitas. Lots of vegetarian options. Daily specials. Puerto Viejo Center, across from Multicentro.
 +506 2750 2031
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Gelateria Deelite

Artesanal Italian ice cream, espresso, breakfast and brunch, acai bowls, fruit salad, paninis, cakes and pastries. Seating both on the terrace and inside with A/C. Open 8 am to 10 pm everyday.
 +506 8429 1667
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Hot Rocks

Food, cold drinks & live music. All right in the center of town. Wifi. Tables are wired with charging stations. Bilingual staff: English and Spanish.
 +506 8708 3183
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Joe Snack Point

Casual restaurant and take out
 +506 2750 0379
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Johnny's Place

Beachfront bar which has been a fixture of the Puerto Viejo scene for many years. Serves food as well. Popular late nights.
 +506 2750 0200
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KOKi Beach

Beach front Bar and Restaurant. Latin Fusion food. Overlooks street and beach. Great for people watching. Open daily for dinner 5-11 pm. Winner of a national award for improving the quality of life in Costa Rica for their contributions to the environment and community.
 +506 8505 9191
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La Casita de Monli

Restaurant specializing in fresh seafood. Open for lunch and dinner.
 +506 8312 2619
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La Esquina Boruca Pizzeria

Pizza for delivery, take out and eat in.
 +506 2750 0180
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La Parada Cafeteria

Cafe and restaurant at the main Puerto Viejo bus stop where you can get coffee, snacks, batidos or a meal while waiting for your bus.
 +506 2750 0558
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Lidia's Place

Casual restaurant serving Caribbean food favorites. Long time local favorite since 1996.
 +506 2750 0598
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Lion Rasta Cafe

Restaurant and bike rental. Falafel, shawararma, kebabs, hummus.
 +506 2756 8355
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Madre Tierra

Cocktails, restaurant and bar. Variety of food including Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Costa Rican, Fusion and Vegetarian.
 +506 2750 2083
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Marisquería Puerto Viejo

Seafood restaurant
  +506 8387 1200
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Ocho Nani

Gourmet Italian style ice cream plus fruit salad, smoothies, milk shakes. Many vegan ice cream options including a vegan chocolate.
 +506 8928 8272
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Pan Pay

Bakery and Restaurant
 2750 0081
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Pizzeria Dalilí

Neapolitan pizzeria, cocktail bar, European pastries, café. Vegetarian, vegan & gluten free options.
 +506 8635 2772
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Puerto and Co

Coworking space and vegetarian/vegan café. High speed fiber optic internet. Hourly or unlimited coworking plans. Desks, lounge and meeting rooms. Vegan drinks, snacks and meals from the cafe.
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Puerto Pirata

Meals, snacks, coffee and batidos on the porch in a chill location overlooking the sea. Evenings becomes the Tiki Bar with cocktail specials. Menu has vegetarian, vegan and sustainable seafood only; no meat.
 +506 2750 0459
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Restaurant Café Kire

Restaurant specializing in pizza, pasta and salads. Wednesday is all you can eat pizza night. Also rents bungalows.
 +506 2750 3020
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Restaurante Bar Tamara

Upstairs is a quaint little local style bar. Downstairs is the restaurant. Bar is ideal for people looking for a comfortable place where locals drink. In the bar, food is also available from restaurant downstairs. Parking available across the street.
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Restaurante Nema

Restaurant specializing in Caribbean food and especially seafood
 +506 2750-0085
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Restaurante Riquísimo

Restaurant serving Caribbean and Costa Rican specialties such as rice and beans and casados.
 +506 2750 0367
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Salsa Brava Beach Bar

Bar and restaurant on the beach overlooking Salsa Brava. Reggae music and Caribbean food. Breakfast, lunch & dinner. Happy hour 4-8 pm. Reggae party late into the night Fridays and Sundays. Ask about their Caribbean Spoon cooking classes and latin dance classes.
 +506 8317 4029
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Soda Beraca

Centrally located casual restaurant serving Caribbean and Costa Rican dishes.
 +506 2750 0258
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Soda Mas de Paso

Casual restaurant for breakfast and lunch
 +506 6182 2347
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Soda Shekiná

Restaurant specializing in authentic local Caribbean style food and breakfast/brunch.
 +506 2750 0549
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Soda Taito

Local Caribbean-style "soda" (casual restaurant)
 +506 2750 0348
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Gourmet burger restaurant. Now in a new location in downtown Puerto Viejo.
 +506 8657 4263
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Stanford's Beach Club

Beach bar with sports on TV, pool table, ping pong and live music. Cocktails and beer and a full menu of appetizers, burgers, sandwiches and salads. Hostel accomodation above. Previously known also as Lazy Mon.
 +506 2750-0016
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Stashu's Con Fusion

Fusion food restaurant with live music. Caribbean, Mediterranean and Asian flavors along with fresh seafood and great vegetarian and vegan options. Now located at the beach near the entrance to town.
 +506 8385-6887
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Sweet Moments

Espresso bar and ice cream
 +506 8994 7497
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Todo Es Posible

Italian restaurant open for dinner daily except Tuesday.
 +506 2756 8484
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Tuyo Coffee Roasters

Small coffee spot and vegetarian cafe in front of Lion Fish Hostel
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Playa Negra (Puerto Viejo)

Azul Beach Club

Beach service starts at 10am daily. This popular restaurant also serves Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week. They offer free access to high-speed fiber optic internet connection for customers.
 +506 2750-2035
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Bar Pens Point

Beachfront bar in Playa Negra. Beer and cocktails. Located in the old location of The Point before it moved to downtown.
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Playa Negra Brewing

Micro-craft brewery dedicated to making handcrafted all-grain fine ales. Restaurant.
 +506 2750 0690
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Restaurant with Mediterranean and Caribbean fusion cuisine. Specializes in fish and seafood. Pasta. pizza after 5pm. Open for lunch and dinner. Moved from Punta Uva to Cocles in April 2019.
 +506 6152 5346
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Bar de Vinos

Wine and tapas bar in an open air palapa across from Cocles beach.
 +506 8584 3234
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Caribeans Coffee and Chocolate

Coffee house, chocolate factory and tasting room. Smoothies and light meals too. Offers the Chocolate Forest Experience Tour where you can see the chocolate making experience from the cacao forest to the finished product. Also regular community events and learning opportunities from yoga to film nights.
 +506 2750-0504, 8341-2034
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Como en la Gloria

Restaurant specializing in Spanish dishes
 +506 8582 6806
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El Sol del Caribe

Restaurant serving seafood, casados and Caribbean dishes
 +506 2750 2048
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La Nena

Casual Caribbean style restaurant offering fresh seafood and other dishes. Outdoor seating. Vegetarian friendly.
 +506 2537 9791
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Pecora Nera

Italian owned and operated Italian restaurant
 +506 2750-0490
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Que Rico Papito

A Sensual Jungle Dining Experience at La Costa de Papito Bungalows
 +506 2750 0080
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Reggae Chill

Relaxed restaurant and bar directly across from Cocles beach. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Wifi.
 +506 7038 6231
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Restaurante Johanna

Restaurant serving Caribbean food
 +506 2750-3126
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Rio Negro Restaurant

Ceviche, fresh seafood, hamburgers, pizza, desserts, batidos. Open for lunch and dinner.
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Tasty Waves Cantina

Restaurant and bar with tacos, drinks and a party vibe. Regular entertainment nights such as karaoke, movies, trivia.
 +506 2750 0507
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Playa Chiquita

El Rincon Porteño

Argentinian restaurant. Grill, pizza, pasta, hamburgers.
 +506 8499 2651
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GypSea Café

Farm to table restaurant with organic ingredients. Catering to omnivores with a great selection for vegetarians. Open for breakfast and lunch.
 +506 2750 2016
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La Leyenda de L'Antico Forno en El Establo de Bruce

Traditional Italian wood-fired pizza & grilled meats cooked slowly in the open fire. Open for dinner from 4 pm.
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Paradise 2.0 Beach Hub

Large open air bar and restaurant just off Playa Chiquita. Follow the gravel road across from El Duende to the end. Lots of parking for cars and bikes. Live music and other special events. Also rents rooms with private bath and apartments with kitchen.
 +506 2750 0544
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Pizzeria Pulcinella

Pizza and other Italian and Mediterranean dishes. Pizza prepared in a wood-fired brick oven. Located at Hotel El Nido.
 +506 2756 8274
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Punto y Pasta

Italian restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Pizza, pasta, smoothies, hamburgers. Closed Tuesdays.
 +506 8399 8267
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Pura Gula Restaurant

Healthy slow food restaurant
 +506 8634 6404
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Pura Vida Taste

Vegetarian & Vegan Kitchen specializing in jackfruit. The share the dining area with Oriana so you can order from either menu/kitchen.
 +506 6367 2963
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Restaurante Oriana

Argentinian restaurant offering local dishes such as rice & beans, casados, shrimp and rice. Also pastas, pizza, beef, pork and fish, empanadas. Smoothies, wine and beer. Formerly La Botanica. Sharing the dining area is Pura Vida Taste so you can order from either menu/kitchen.
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Soda Playa Chiquita

Casual restaurant with a variety of options including seafood and vegetarian
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Punta Uva

Arrecife Hotel y Restaurante

Punta Uva Restaurant & Bar right off the beach. They also rent cabinas. Restaurant specializes in local Afro-Caribbean dishes and Mediterranean food.
 +506 2759 9200
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Eden Beach Punta Uva

Beach bar & restaurant located just steps from the water’s edge in Punta Uva. Open daily from 8 AM to nightfall for breakfast, brunch, lunch, tea time and snacks. Large and bright ranchito bar and bamboo beds with shade on the sandy beach. The also offer lockers for rent while you visit Punta Uva and rent a casita nearby.
 +506 6152 4793, 8409 3894
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El Refugio Grill

Small and intimate Argentinian restaurant. For dinner there is a simple menu that changes daily usually with steak, seafood and pasta. At lunch it is called Burger Stop with quicker, simpler fare.
 +506 2759 9007
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Pita Bonita

Middle Eastern restaurant and bar. Freshly baked pita bread, hummus, falafel, salads, lamb kebab and more. Take away possible.
 +506 2756 8173
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Selvin's Restaurant and Cabinas

Restaurant serving fresh local food and basic cabanas.
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Vida Sana Panadería y Hostal

Bakery which makes fresh bread and snacks from all natural ingredients. Breakfast and lunch daily with vegetarian, vegan and fish options. Makes vegan and gluten free baking as well. Offers hostel rooms also.
 +506 8595 0626
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Cool and Calm Cafe

Restaurant with a menu inspired by the Caribbean and influenced by cuisines around the world. Chef Andy Cook grew up on the Talamanca Coast right here in Manzanillo where he grew, harvested, and caught much of the food he and his family cooked at home.
 2750 3151, 88437460
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Maxi's Restaurant

Traditional Caribbean restaurant that has stood at the end of the road for many years and is still famous for their seafood. There is a full service restaurant and a small quick service option as well.
 +506 2759-0673
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Boca Chica Bar, Restaurante y Piscina

Bar set around a swimming pool. Place to stop for a drink if you have some time before the bus if you exit Cahuita National Park via Puerto Vargas. Although the sign indicates this is a restaurant, there was no food available on the day I visited.
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Chao's Paradise

Bar and restaurant serving Caribbean food. Live music at times.
 +506 8950 2546
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Cocorico Pizzeria Ristorante

Restaurant specializing in Italian food with a large menu.
 +506 2755 0409, 8313 7502
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Hungry Lion's Jamaican Restaurant

Authentic Jamaican food
 +506 2755 0214
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Miss Edith's

Traditional Caribbean restaurant that's been in Cahuita forever and family run by long time Caribbean residents.
 2755 0248
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Reggae Bar

Bar and restaurant right across from beach. Serving hamburgers, chicken, fish and cold beer.
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Restaurante Vista del Mar

Large open air restaurant with seafood, Chinese and Caribbean food.
 +506 2755 0008
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Roberto's Restaurant and Tours

Restaurant serving traditional Caribbean food. As well offers tours including snorkeling, National Park tours and fishing.
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Sobre Las Olas

Beachfront restaurant with an Italian owner/chef specializing in seafood dishes.
 +506 2755 0109
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Soda Kawe

Casual restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Serving Costa Rican fare like casados, pinto, etc.
 +506 2755 0233
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Splash Bar

Bar and restaurant offering cocktails, crepes, pizza and free access to their pool for customers.
 +506 8412 1872
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Soda y Cabinas Kaniki

Restaurant and Cabinas. Serves up basic homemade Caribbean fare and sell snacks and drinks. Cabinas have private baths.
 +506 2754 1071
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Wayne Harrison

Why isn't Tasty Waves listed? Or Caribeans Chocolate and Coffee?

December 16, 2017

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

Hi Wayne, we're happy to have any and all local businesses listed! But the site requires a community effort, the options are so extensive! If the business hasn't submitted a listing for their place, feel free to add it on our new listing form or I'll add those two to my to-do list.

December 16, 2017

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I added them both: Tasty Waves and Caribeans. Are they your favorite spots? Feel free to add your reviews on their pages!

December 17, 2017

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Timothy from Saranac Lake NY
Easter Week

How is the City during Easter Week ? Do the bars shut down darning Easter weekend. We heard it may be hard to find a place to go out at night and want to confirm if this was true or not.

February 17, 2013

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Costa Rica has always had "dry" laws for Semana Santa -- not the whole week but 3 or 4 days around the weekend. During that time it was not permitted to sell alcohol in either restaurants or stores. So the result is that people stocked up beforehand and the beaches and streets were full of drinkers which of course created many problems. Some restaurants and bars flouted the rule but not many since losing your liquor license was a big risk.

The good news is that I just heard last night that this is changing this year for the first time. I don't have all the details but it sounds like restaurants and bars will be allowed to serve all weekend. Hopefully this will keep the streets and beaches cleaner and safer. I am not sure about the stores so I assume they will still not be allowed to sell alcohol for several days.

February 17, 2013

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KOKI BEACH from Puerto Viejo
Easter weekend and dry law

This year all bar and restaurant can sell alcohol like any other time of the year during Easter Weekend after abolishing the 80 year old dry law prohibiting it. Liquor stores and super markets can as well.

A new law has made it illegal to drink in public places outside of restaurants and bars though I beat the enforcement will be spotty at best

February 18, 2013

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Ben from New York, New York
Red Stripe Cafe

Is the Red Stripe Cafe in PV still open?

January 04, 2013

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elsa insua from argentina

Great New Restaurant inside the Wildlife Refuge Gandoca-Manzanillo. Just 20" from Puerto Viejo, on the main road (in front of the entrance to the secret surf point Playa Grande). El Refugio Grill, is the best experiencie you could have on your visit to the Caribbean. Run by it's owner, an Argentinean Chef, you can try any dish of the small daily menue and your are not goint to be disapointed.

August 03, 2009

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Lenay L Henkes from San Diego, CA USA

Try Monita Bonita's the food is great the service is wonderful, loved the curry chicken, also bruchetta was supper! the 4 cheese pasta with homemade fetticini great too!

July 04, 2009

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