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Top 5 Restaurants from Puerto Viejo to Manzanillo / Costa Rica

El Refugio Grill Restaurant

Restaurante El Refugio Grill en Punta Uva

El Refugio Café and Grill

Punta Uva; Road from Puerto Viejo to Manzanillo, km. 8 / Tel. 2759 9007

Our guests’ favorite place to have a special dinner when enjoying vacations in Southern Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica. El Refugio Grill is located next to the road but goes unnoticed since its main building is hidden in the lush vegetation, overlooking the splendid forest of Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. Fernando, the Argentinian chef, prepares some delicate plates and cocktails. We can truly recommend its “Entraña con Chimichurri” (red meat) or the tasty Grilled Tuna Filet is also one of our preferred plates. As per drinks, Argentinian and Chilean wines are very well served in fine wine glasses and cocktails are delicious options to get in the mood for a meal in the jungle.  Open from 5pm. Closed on Wednesday.


La Casita Azul

La Casita Azul Restaurante en Playa Chiquita

La Casita Azul

Playa Chiquita / 2+ miles from Puerto Viejo

Formerly known as Café Aguas Claras, La Casita Azul is a new and excellent option for either lunch or dinner in Playa Chiquita . They have an extensive menu of predominantly Mediterranean cuisine – some Argentinian dishes too- very properly prepared and presented. This blue little house is especially nice and all tables are set in a very airy terrace, perfect spot for a hot day. Open from noon up to 9 pm. Closed on Wednesday.



Pura Gula Restaurant

Restaurante Pura Gula en Playa Chiquita / Puerto Viejo

Pura Gula

Playa Chiquita / 3 miles from Puerto Viejo

Mediterranean cuisine with a personal touch provided by chef and owner from Barcelona Marc Olivella. Pura Gula has a short list but exquisite dishes, with some original details that makes this restaurant a must for Slow Food lovers. Open for dinner only from 5 pm. Closed on Sunday.


Café Viejo

Puerto Viejo, Main Street / Tel. 2750 0817

High quality Italian cuisine; Café Viejo features an awesome list of home-made pasta and deliciously cooked meats. It is probably the best restaurant in Puerto Viejo as per service, quality of food and list of wines. Open from 5.30. Closed on Tuesdays.


Jungle Love Café

Playa Chiquita / 3 miles from Puerto Viejo / Tel. 2750 0162



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