Province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica Food Guide: 10 Central American food Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Playa Grande

September 2, 2019 Lashaunda Abraham

Reviews on Central American food in Playa Grande, Province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica including Cafe Mar Azul, Taco Star, Upstairs at the RipJack Inn, Pangas Beach Club, Santa Rita Cafe, Little Lucha, El Pelicano, NOI Bistro Tamarindo, Kike's Place, Sprout Tamarindo
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10. Sprout Tamarindo

Guanacaste Province In front of Witchs Rock Surf Camp, Tamarindo 50309 Costa Rica American, Central American, Costa Rican, International, Healthy Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks Reservations, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards, Tab [email protected] +506 4702 5960 http://www.sprouttamarindo.com
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4 based on 643 reviews

Sprout Tamarindo

Delicious lunch & dinner made only from fresh, organic, & locally sustainable ingredients. A friendly/family environment in the town of Tamarindo. Sprout exists to provide the community of Tamarindo and the surrounding towns with a restaurant option that

Reviewed By Blackstardeceiver

I went to a lot of places out to eat in Tamarindo this trip. I happened to get the breakfast package when staying at the surf ranch. I gotta say the surf ranch was good. More on that in the separate review. This place has 3 things that brought my review to where it is . One was the breakfast package runs 0700 to 1000. The person working that morning Catalina , when i was late 15 minutes , became agitated and very loudly shaking her finger said that no breakfast would be served while walking me swiftly out. I was really nice to her in mornings previous . No like ohhh sorry you have to pay but we could get something for you. It was downright a pissed off affair. I get that i was late but i was staying 9 nights and a few mornings did not even get breakfast there as i was on a boat at dawn. Secondly the food is good but i think overpriced for what it is and what you get. Lastly and worstly ....... Instant coffee ! One morning late in my trip. I could not wrap my head around that one. I know I'm on the meal plan but damn I'm in CR man ! Look there are some very very nice staff there as well . Im not even saying don't eat there. Just know there are way better in the tama seascape.The place was empty most of the time. I ate a few other paid meals but not after Catalina............Thank you for staying with us at Surf Ranch and also eating at our Sprout Restaurant.We love reviews like this as it's something we can improve on, but honestly would prefer an email direct, however let me address the situation you encountered.1. Karolina - Yes, we agree with you on this one, which is why we actually already let her go as of a few days ago, even before seeing this review. There were other instances like that, and as we thrive to be the best, we are only looking for the best staff. Problem solved, as the other staff are great. Remember that breakfast is all day long, but until 10am if you order breakfast with the hotel room rate...however for low season, we do not include breakfast in the hotel rate, to allow us to reduce the price of the hotel room.2. Please remember that our prices include taxes and 10% tips already. So the food you see for $7 on the menu, is actually $5.75 plus tax and tip, as an example. Our prices are actually low compared to surrounding restaurants, for the quality of food we provide as we only use fresh food from the farm, or more expensive ingredients, and you see it in the quality of food.3. Instant coffee, it actually is all made from scratch, each cup. It actually takes a little longer as it is freshly brewed, so I would need more details about this one from you.This time of the year it is slow season, but high season, Sprout is packed and we always need to hire extra staff. Thank you for the great review, glad you enjoyed the food and glad I could clear up some of the issues mentioned here.Thank you so much and we look forward to your return

9. Kike's Place

Playa Grande 11502 Costa Rica Bar, Central American, Costa Rican Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks Takeout, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service [email protected] +506 2653 0834 https://www.facebook.com/KikesPlace/
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4 based on 209 reviews

Kike's Place

Reviewed By Koverton

My expectations weren’t high for this place even we rolled in playa grande, but kikes came highly recommended by our air bnb host so we hit it for dinner. Would go back if I found myself in PG again! Looks like any night life that gets going in grande is here.

8. NOI Bistro Tamarindo

Av. Central Just beside Longboards BBQ, Tamarindo 50309 Costa Rica Latin, Cafe, Central American, Costa Rican Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Table Service, Free Wifi, Live Music [email protected] +506 2653 1376 http://www.facebook.com/noibistrotamarindo/about/
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5 based on 242 reviews

NOI Bistro Tamarindo

We create a relaxed atmosphere where you can enjoy delicious homemade breakfast / brunch. We also offer a variety of international dishes at night. Coktails are served till 2 pm. If you are around Tamarindo don` t miss to enjoy a very nice place, and do n

Reviewed By diana7873

The food is fantastic! Had the gallo pinto, the typical Costa Rican meal and it was perfect! The homemade bread is fantastic, daughter asked if we could buy a whole loaf. The avocado toast, best we have ever had. And the lemonade, wow!!! Everything was wonderful and we are so glad we found this place! Oh and you have to get a piece of the chocolate chip banana bread to go! Yummmy!!!!!Thanks for your commentAlways appreciated and very kind of you

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7. El Pelicano

Calle Central Hotel Tamarindo Diria, Tamarindo Costa Rica International, Central American, Seafood, South American, Costa Rican Dinner, Lunch Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Table Service, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Live Music [email protected] +506 4032 0032 http://www.tamarindodiria.com/costa-rica-resorts/tamarindo-diria/restaurants/
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5 based on 117 reviews

El Pelicano

An unparalleled dining experience, El Pelicano is the culinary jewel of Tamarindo. A dining experience like no other in Tamarindo: an elegant atmosphere with a ‘chic’ outdoor terrace offering a view to Tamarindo Boulevard

Reviewed By David D

I went through the (easy) hassle of joining TripAdvisor just to rave about this restaurant. We have been in Tamarindo for a week, eating everywhere, and gave El Pelicano a try because (a) it just looked nice, and (b) well, it looked nice, haha! The three of us were very glad we did. My son (15 yrs old) got adventurous and tried Seabass for the first time and loved it. Two of us split a steak and chicken dish and both were delicious!!! Oh, we started with a sushi appetizer that was great too. The sauces were wonderful for the entres.Out waiter was Kevin, who was incredibly nice and attentive. We have found almost everyone in Costa Rica is really enjoyable, and obviously that was the case at El Pelicano. Ironically, we walked by the restaurant a couple days before and told the host, Santos, that we would be back in two days and it was pretty funny that he remembered us when we walked by tonight. Really nice guy too! The restaurant is a little pricier than others in town, but we all thought it was well worth it!!!! I think we'll go back on Sunday before we leave :)

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6. Little Lucha

Meters North Of Super Compro, Diagonal From The Skate Park 20 20 Meters North Of Super Compro, Diagonal From The Skate Park, Tamarindo 50309 Costa Rica Mexican, Street Food, Latin, Central American Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Seating, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi [email protected] +506 8723 4297 https://www.facebook.com/littleluchataqueria/
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5 based on 234 reviews

Little Lucha

Reviewed By NalaBala

Loved it so much I went here twice during my week in Tamarindo. Excellent for solo diners as you can sit at the bar and the portion sizes are just right. I loved the veggie tacos and micheladas and free nachos and dips are a great touch.NalaBala,Thanks for hanging out with us during your time in Tamarindo!Órale!El Jefe

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5. Santa Rita Cafe

Sunrise Plaza Mall Tamarindo Complejo Sunrise Plaza, Tamarindo Costa Rica Cafe, International, Central American, Costa Rican Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Drinks Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Free Wifi [email protected] +506 4034 0501 http://santaritacafe.com/
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5 based on 336 reviews

Santa Rita Cafe

Santa Rita Café is a small coffee shop located at the heart of Tamarindo. Its a family owned business designed to stand out creatively and gastronomically. Established by a couple (an architect and a chef), the idea is to create experiences while offering

Reviewed By Maps516996

We’ve been to Tamarindo many times but just discovered this gem of a cafe (it’s on the second floor of a building set back a bit from Calle Central). A variety of tasty breakfasts and lunches (the homemade banana bread French toast is to die for), refreshing smoothies, and a cheery decor with indoor and shaded outdoor seating make it a lovely spot for breakfast/lunch. The barrista is superb and makes the most delicious almond milk cappuccinos I’ve ever had (soooo much better than Starbucks). I love this place!!

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4. Pangas Beach Club

Meters South West From Auto Mercado 500 In Front of El Tesoro, Tamarindo 50309 Costa Rica American, Seafood, Central American, Costa Rican, International, Healthy Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Waterfront, Beach [email protected] +506 2653 0024 http://pangasbeachclubcr.com/
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4 based on 1643 reviews

Pangas Beach Club

Reviewed By mackfamtraveler

We recently dine at Pangas on the second night of our vacation. One of our travelers was having a bday and they brought him a nice dessert. The table and view were breath-taking. The wait staff was very attentive and made great suggestions. So glad we went and would go back 1000 more times.

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3. Upstairs at the RipJack Inn

100m al Sur de Hotel Las Tortugas, Playa Grande Costa Rica Seafood, Central American, Costa Rican, Bar, Asian Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Free Wifi, Live Music [email protected] +506 2653 0480 http://ripjackinn.com/
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4 based on 359 reviews

Upstairs at the RipJack Inn

Our open air restaurant is located on the second floor and offers a unique treetop dining experience. RipJack also offers private chef service, full catering service and specializes in weddings and other events. We offer a highly unique menu of fresh loca

Reviewed By JAIMIRUSSELL

There is so much to say but I will never be able to find enough words to convey how much we LOVED Rip Jack Inn and their restaurant. We ate 85% of our meals here (the other 15% was when we were exploring) and never once had a bad meal. We were able to try almost every dinner option. My favorite was the Mahi Mahi and my boyfriends favorite was the Hot Garlic Shrimp. Everything is SO fresh. So tasty. And the combinations are incredible. It not only has the best food we experienced during our trip but it also has the best waiters. We became very close with Ermesto and Manrique...so much that we were greeted by our first names after the second day of being there. And Ermesto shared his NCAA bracket with us, all chuckling about our choices. We literally wanted to bring Ermesto back to the states with us. He's the best. They both knew what we wanted to drink before we even ordered. It became our home for the week and they all made us feel like family. It will be VERY hard to travel to Costa Rica again and not stay at Rip Jack. We feel like we would never have as good of an experience as we had there. Hats off to all the cooks/bartenders and servers. You were all amazing. But Ermesto and Manrique were definitely very special to us. Eat here. Stay here. Love it here, like we did.Yeah! We will pass this on to Ernesto, Manrique and the rest of the team. Making our guests feel like family is what we're all about!Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience and we are thrilled you loved the food as much as we do!

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2. Taco Star

On beach at Playa Grande, Playa Grande Costa Rica Mexican, Fast Food, Central American, Costa Rican Lunch, Drinks Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Waterfront
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4 based on 258 reviews

Taco Star

Reviewed By grouperman41

One of the coolest food shacks on a beach you could ever find...Most awesome banana bread to be found.Taco s out of this world..killer smoothie and cold beer,Go surfing at end of the street come out and hang at theTaco star..Girl working there is a treat

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1. Cafe Mar Azul

Palm Beach Estates Playa Grande Surf Camp, Playa Grande 46-5159 Costa Rica Latin, Healthy, Central American, Costa Rican Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks Reservations, Takeout, Seating, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Free Wifi [email protected] +506 2215 3277 http://cafemarazulplayagrande.business.site
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4 based on 157 reviews

Cafe Mar Azul

In the gated Community of Palm Beach Estates in Playa Grande, Costa Rica you can find Cafe Mar Azul, walking distance from the beach, surrounded by nature and with nice atmosphere, serving good and healthy food to complete your costarican experience!!

Reviewed By zjonathand

Loved the arroz con pollo AND the tangy ginger beer AND the banana bread ice cream sandwich! I was hungry and this was just the right place to go after a day in the waves.Thanks for your nice review!!We’re happy to see our customers happy!!!Hope to see you soon!!Pura vida!!

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