Province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica Food Guide: 3 European food Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Playa Ocotal

February 17, 2020 Tambra Mccollister

Discover Restaurants offering the best European food in Playa Ocotal, Province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica including Kaixo, Il Gusto Della Vita, Pistio - Mediterranean Cuisine

1. Kaixo

Centro Comercial Pueblito Sur. Local #7 650 North from Lizard Lounge, Playas del Coco 50503 Costa Rica International, Mediterranean, European, Spanish Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Drinks Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Free Wifi [email protected] +506 2670 0413
Overall Ratings

5 based on 199 reviews


Restaurant and showroom located 100 meters from the beach in Playas del Coco. Decorated by local artists. With vegan options, gluten free, European breakfast, and our specialty, the Spanish tapas and smoked salmon. Our bread is homemade.

Reviewed By getoutthere_Toronto

My husband and I went for dinner and I have to say it was REALLY good. We had 2 smoked salmon croquets, 2 pinchos each of smoked sea bass and chirizo with cheese and then we shared a ration of their Cajun sea bass with potatoes alioli and a bottle of wine. Everything was excellent! The sea bass was salty but that just fine with me! They also brought us a starter tapa at no charge. The bill came to about $50 Canadian. The service and the timing of the plates were perfect and we left fully satisfied.

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2. Il Gusto Della Vita

Main Street Playas del Coco, Playas del Coco 51109 Costa Rica Italian, European Dinner, Lunch Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Table Service, Live Music +506 2670 0707
Overall Ratings

4 based on 145 reviews

Il Gusto Della Vita

Reviewed By M3249GDalank

Ate here twice in the last month and both meals were quite good. Well cooked pasta Tasty sauces. Generous portions. Good wines. Friendly service.

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3. Pistio - Mediterranean Cuisine

Fruente Oceano, El Coco, Playas del Coco 50503 Costa Rica Italian, Mediterranean, European Dinner, Drinks, Breakfast Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible [email protected] +506 2670 0256
Overall Ratings

5 based on 41 reviews

Pistio - Mediterranean Cuisine

The real Sicilian cuisine has arrived at Playas del Coco. All the flavors, aromas and colors of Mediterranean cuisine. A restaurant where you can spend wonderful evening with your friends or with your family. Excellent Italian wines.

Reviewed By 934richc

First the positives - great location right on the beach with a very open air set up which keeps you cool on even a hot day, nice and peaceful decorations with a friendly greeter the day we visited. We went for lunch during high season and I know that is a more challenging time for any restaurant, but this really missed the mark. I had eggplant parmesan which consisted of three to four pieces of thick sliced eggplant covered in mozzarella cheese and red sauce baked... never mind the fact the menu said it was breaded (it wasn’t). The eggplant skin was so tough I could barely cut it with the knife. The accompanying veggies side was cold. Oh, did we mention that was the best meal of the three! The ravioli was terrible and the kids tried to order pasta with red sauce but instead got a seafood white sauce pasta dish with a bunch of mussels (this was an honest mistake due to a language barrier with the waitress - I should have said “sauca roja” when I ordered instead of marinara as they have a dish called marisco which is what she heard instead). Now - my son happens to like mussels anyway so he tried it (as did my wife) but it too missed the mark. Where the restaurant finally degraded to a 1 star in my book is when I said *in Spanish* that we wanted just red sauce and pasta (and pointed to the two ingredients already on our table in the other dishes) and the waitress said the kitchen couldn’t do that... never mind the fact both the ravoli and my eggplant came with red sauce and their were obviously noodles as my son’s mistaken dish. After 5-10 minutes more, the waitress came back and changed the comment from the kitchen to they would now do it but we had already asked for the check. To add insult to injury on this As I was paying, I saw the kitchen cooking and watch a chef attempt to add spice to a sauté pan full of something and accidentally dump 1/4 of one of those big spice containers we all have at home in the pan (at least a 1/2 of cup of the spice!). Seemingly unbothered by the massive over addition of spice, she scooped some out and kept on cooking. Yes, we have all done something similar, but it speaks to the focus is on getting food OUT not on serving GOOD food. The owners should remind their staff that with sites like trip advisor, tourist restaurant can no longer solely count on location to bring in business. You must care about the experience - even if the guest may never come back.

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