Province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica Food Guide: 10 Costa Rican food Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Nuevo Arenal

February 19, 2020 Franklyn Hardiman

Discover Restaurants offering the best Costa Rican food in Nuevo Arenal, Province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Nuevo Arenal is a town and district in Tilarán Canton in the Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica. It is located on the north-east shore of Lake Arenal. The former village of Arenal near the La Fortuna area was inundated in 1978 with the formation of the artificial Lake Arenal. Nuevo Arenal was a government project to relocate the displaced people. Nuevo Arenal is located about a one-hour drive northwest from the original village along a beautiful paved lakeside road that goes from La Fortuna to Tilaran.

10. Selva Paraiso Coffee Shop

La Union, 200 metros North from Hotel La Mansion, Nuevo Arenal 50807 Costa Rica South American, Costa Rican [email protected] +506 2692 8004

Great Place to enjoy the view and taste an excelent coffee, and of course buy beautiful souvenir.

Reviewed By csymmonds

Highly recommend this coffee shop and gift shop. It's has a fantastic view of Lake Arenal on the back patio, with super clean bathrooms, cute gift shop and fantastic multigrain cake that the owner serves warm, with fabulous coffee. I don't recall the owners names, but they've only been open for 1.5 months and are doing a fantastic job. Their english is very good and they were very charming. This "mom and pop" shop is a great stop for a quick treat. Don't miss the chance to sit out back and enjoy the view, birds and the great service.

9. Gustitos Criollos

Metros sur del Gimnasio de Nuevo Arenal 200, Nuevo Arenal 50807 Costa Rica Latin, Bar, Fast Food, Pub, Central American, Costa Rican Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Table Service [email protected] +506 8923 9740 http://www.facebook.com/Gustitos-Criollos-1591523934422583
Gustitos Criollos

Es un ambiente totalmente familiar y muy tranquilo, además gran variedad de platillos para diferentes gustos.

Reviewed By AnaOxford_UK

We have been in Costa Rica now for over a week and although the food we have eaten has generally been good, the food at this place has been the best by far! There are 4 of us travelling together and we all agree that the food here is the most authentic, delicious, fresh and properly priced. The casados are great and the fajitas too. Fresh ingredients and large portions. I am reliably informed that the desserts are delicious (I couldn’t eat them because they were not gluten free). If you are GF, tell the owner and he will make sure you get a great meal GF without compromising on flavour. If we were staying in Nuevo Arenal more days, we would eat here everyday!! Muchas gracias, por sus comentarios, para nosotros es un placer servirles

8. Restaurante Bambu Pizzeria

Frente Banco GTE Central, Nuevo Arenal 50805 Costa Rica Pizza, South American, Costa Rican Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner [email protected] +506 2694 4048
Restaurante Bambu Pizzeria

Bienvidos a Restaurants Bambu Pizzeria Located at the main entrance of Nuevo Arenal. Family owned and operated. Randall (owner), offers local food, pizza, sandwiches, hamburgers beer and spirits. Enjoy the outdoor eatery watching the street scene or takin

Reviewed By cuyler29

My husband and I are from Santa Barbara, CA. we own a home in Nuevo Arenal. We Frequent the Bambu often. The local cuisine is tasty, the pizzas are delicious, the atmosphere is down to earth, has great character, and fun. The owner, Randal, and his wife Maritza are absolutely wonderful, including the rest of the staff. It's a true "Pura Vida" experience!! Enjoy!!

Where to Eat in Nuevo Arenal: The Best Restaurants and Bars

7. El Corral BBQ

De Nuevo Arenal 8 Km Al Sur Oeste A Mano Izquierda, Aguacate 50807 Costa Rica Costa Rican, Steakhouse, Grill, Fusion, Healthy, Soups, South American, Central American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards [email protected] +506 2694 5454 http://www.facebook.com/Restaurante-El-Corral-340370279728328/
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5 based on 39 reviews

El Corral BBQ

We specialize in cuts of grilled meats packed in the void where we guarantee its smoothness and taste being the best meat of Costa Rica (CARNES DON FERNANDO) we have years of experience in cooking and we bet for a healthier meal with excellent prices and

Reviewed By Bill M

El Corral restaurant in Aguacate is a gem of a place. We had the chicken casado and everything on the plate was excellent. The chicken was flavorful and tender, the rice done to perfection, the beans were the best, the salad was crisp, tomato tasted like it used to many, many years ago and even the plantain was perfect. The price of 3,900 colones is a bargain, beer extra. The restaurant is fairly new and clean and I appreciate that the kitchen is open to the dining area. You could watch your food being prepared and the chef was meticulous in cleaning up the counters and prep areas. Will definitely be back often. Can't rate this one high enough.

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6. La Rana de Arenal Restaurant

West of Nuevo Arenal on Road to Tilaran, Nuevo Arenal Costa Rica German, Italian, South American, Costa Rican Lunch, Dinner Seating, Reservations, Table Service +506 2694 4031
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4 based on 22 reviews

La Rana de Arenal Restaurant

Reviewed By 988amyr

We video taped 8-10 toucans here at the restaurant during lunchtime, and so many other birds! Was the most amazing place to watch birds in Nuevo Arenal. They have a restaurant that serves delicious food and has such a gorgeous view. Also, there are hotel rooms in the base of the building. They are simple and quaint, colorful but the view and animals and birds are what make it so awesome!! The man who owns it is an amazing person. Worth the trip!!!!!

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5. Toad Hall Hotel Restaurant

Provience of Alajuela, Nuevo Arenal 50807 Costa Rica International, South American, Costa Rican Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Breakfast Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, [email protected] +506 2692 8181 http://VisitToadHall.com
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4 based on 98 reviews

Toad Hall Hotel Restaurant

Great Food, Friends, Fun and a Fabulous View. IMPORTANT DETAIL: The hotel and restaurant is under new ownership as of March 2016. We're happy to have a fully remodeled place for you to enjoy! The Heart of the Toad Hall Hotel! If you are looking for a plac

Reviewed By Yann L

We found this nice restaurant by accident, driving along the lake. The Texan owner is very friendly and the view is really amazing. Birds lovers are happy there since a whole lot of them fly by. Food was OK, a bit slow but, hey, we’re on holidays :)

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4. Las Delicias

Highway 142, Nuevo Arenal Costa Rica Central American, Costa Rican, Latin Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service, Takeout, Serves Alcohol +506 8320 7102
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4 based on 123 reviews

Las Delicias

Coming into Arenal from La Fortuna Las delicias is on the right side of the road.

Reviewed By megnanna

Definitely eat here to get an amazing taste of local cuisine! The owner is a sweet woman and the staff are all wonderful. I had the casado de pescado with garlic and would recommend that to fellow fish-lovers!

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3. Restaurant by the Lake Tinajas Arenal

Carretera 142 Nuevo Arenal, Gas Station 1 km South, Nuevo Arenal 50807 Costa Rica Healthy, Costa Rican, Italian, Brew Pub, International, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Brunch, Breakfast Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Free Off-Street Parking, T [email protected] +506 2694 4667 http://www.facebook.com/LasTinajaArenal
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4 based on 323 reviews

Restaurant by the Lake Tinajas Arenal

Tinajas Arenal is a family project situated at the edge of the Arenal Lake JUST BY THE LAKE. Our family settled in Arenal many years before Lake Arenal was created in 1974 and Nuevo Arenal was established. With a Green Garden unique by the Lake, Tinajas i

Reviewed By SailorSuzan

The view is fabulous - the restaurant is well located on a knoll overlooking the lake with sweeping views...and benefiting from a cooling breeze. The service personnel are attentive and provide good suggestion as to what meals to try. Our family ate here several times over the course of a week and tried nearly everything on the menu - all was good.

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2. Moya's Place

Downtown Arenal, Nuevo Arenal 50807 Costa Rica Italian, Pizza, Central American, Costa Rican Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Table Service, Serves Alcohol, Live Music +506 2694 4001 http://www.facebook.com/moyasplace/
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4 based on 381 reviews

Moya's Place

Arenal's sacred refuge for supreme tranquility. There aren't a million signs, but the food and ambiance say it all! Amazing wraps, pizza, and other unique cuisine.

Reviewed By 524pamelat

The food was so good and very high quality ingredients! They really go the extra mile with their presentation as well! I ordered the Mountain Man salad which had grilled eggplant and zucchini. It was cooked to perfection! My husband had a pizza which was also delicious. I love the little dishes they bring to accompany every meal. They include homemade pesto, Parmesan cheese and homemade hot sauce (hot), all delicious! Connie provided great service and spoke English very well! We highly recommend Moya’s!

Best American food near Nuevo Arenal, Province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica

1. Gingerbread Restaurant

Gingerbread Hotel, Nuevo Arenal Costa Rica Contemporary, Fusion, Costa Rican, International Dinner, Drinks, Late Night Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Table Servic [email protected] +506 2694 0039 http://gingerbreadarenal.com/
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4 based on 473 reviews

Gingerbread Restaurant

Gingerbread is a fine restaurant and boutique hotel perfectly situated along Lake Arenal in Costa Rica. Operated by a charismatic and talented culinary master, Chef Eyal absolutely works magic with food. We’ll serve you an amazing international cuisine, d

Reviewed By Zaphod125

Eyal, the host, was a charming person, full of stories and information. We opted for the menu where he just keeps bringing the food which cost $39 each. The food was really good and I mean really good. The tuna was amazing, the filet mignon was really nice, it was all great. Highly recommended

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