Where to eat Cafe food in Santa Cruz: The Best Restaurants and Bars

November 7, 2019 Kiesha Cripe

Find out what Cafe restaurants to try in Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz sizzles with culture and energy. The historic city is considered an epicenter of Costa Rican folklore, and is a magnet for those interested in experiencing traditional food, music, dance and festivals. The month of July is especially busy with local festivals, and Santa Cruz’s notorious annual rodeo takes place in January.
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9. Stop Cafe

Diagonal cementerio Santa rosa Ruta 155, Tamarindo 50309 Costa Rica Cafe, International, Healthy, American Breakfast, Brunch, Drinks, Lunch Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards [email protected] +506 2652 9018
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5 based on 32 reviews

Stop Cafe

Stop Cafe is a cozy place on the main road going to Tamarindo between Huacas and Villarreal, you will see our big logo on the window.We serve breakfast and lunch. Authentic Costa Rican coffee, expresso machine , pastries , burritos , quiche , lunch specia

Reviewed By Scott F

I have stopped here several times in the past few years and every time the coffee is excellent! Their snacks and meals are very good and the service always makes you feel welcome. One of my favourite coffee stops.Hello Scott sorry for our late response , thanks for your nice words, you are always welcome!!!

8. Cafe Playa Negra

Calle principal, de los Pargos Contiguo a Remax, Los Pargos, Playa Negra 5150 Costa Rica Latin, Cafe, Costa Rican, Peruvian, South American, Central American Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night Seating, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Table Service [email protected] +506 2652 9351 http://www.cafeplayanegra.com
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4 based on 133 reviews

Cafe Playa Negra

Great food and prices for the adventurous that want to try the energizing peruvian ceviche or for the most conservative that want a fine Tuna steak or a good hamburguer. Open for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Surf videos, bar and great music.

Reviewed By Francis N

Was there during World Cup this year....very good service, drinks and food. Enjoyed relaxing out of the sun with a cold one! The meals were very good, esp the fresh fish plates. Very nice smoothies too. A very nice setting to watch the waves and surfers. Friendly and helpful staff everytime.

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7. Pico Bistro

Calle Central, Tamarindo Costa Rica French, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Table Service +506 8302 3644 https://www.facebook.com/Pico-Bistro-Tamarindo-394840954311327/
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5 based on 78 reviews

Pico Bistro

Reviewed By Gunter D

Right on the beach, so they have the view and they position the tables right underneath the trees. The shakes are very tasty, we received the message, they never add sugar...Try a Papaya/Banana shake it´s very tasty. We had the Huevos Rancheros as breakfast, compared to other breakfasts we had in Costa Rica: great!

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6. El Mercadito de Tamarindo

25 Metros Este De La Delegación De Policías, Tamarindo Costa Rica American, Asian, Pizza, Cafe Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Live Music [email protected] https://www.facebook.com/mercaditodetamarindo/
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4 based on 107 reviews

El Mercadito de Tamarindo

Space where you can experience the real meaning of Pura Vida, share a beer with your friends at sunset or good music watching the stars in one of the most beautiful places in the North Pacific Coast, Tamarindo.

Reviewed By TravelerC55

We visited this place for Ice cream cones one hot afternoon and checked out the other small food stands. All of them looked clean and nice. We went back for dinner and enjoyed some Pancit. The Bar is set up in a small boat. Interesting!

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5. Surf Box

180 25 Meters South Of The Banco Nacional, Playa Flamingo Costa Rica American, Cafe, Costa Rican Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking [email protected] +506 8349 9773 http://www.facebook.com/surboxcr/
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5 based on 563 reviews

Surf Box

Reviewed By Wendyfio

The food was so fresh. Farm to table, sea to table. Just delicious. We enjoyed three different salads and three different entrees. All were great. We had chicken, fish of the day and Shrimp.

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4. 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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3. La Bodega

In the Hotel Nahua Diagonal From Banco Nacional, Tamarindo 50309 Costa Rica Cafe, Costa Rican, International, Healthy Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +506 8395 6184 http://labodegatamarindo.com
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4 based on 759 reviews

La Bodega

La Bodega is an organic cafe/store located in Tamarindo, Guanacaste. We carry foods and specialty items made 100% in Costa Rica. Fresh homemade sandwiches, salads, baked goods, coffee and drinks are available daily! We provide organic, sustainable and loc

Reviewed By MauiPigFarmer

Visited here for lunch after spending the morning at a pretty secluded beach about 10 miles away. We purposefully avoided the restaurants facing the beach. Found this little gem quite by accident. For $11USD I had a grilled Caribbean chicken sandwich, fried plantains and hibiscus lemonade.All absolutely delicious.Hi MauiPigFarmer,Thank you for the excellent review!We are very happy that you wandered away from the main strip and came and found us :)And more so that you found us worth the extra exploration ;)Safe Travels!Buki

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2. 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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1. La Ventana

Ruta entre Playa Negra and Avellanas After the sign for Villa Deeveena, continue to the next corner and make the left turn, Playa Negra Costa Rica Cafe, Healthy, Central American, Contemporary Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Table Service +506 2652 9197 http://www.facebook.com/Cafe-La-Ventana-200996159911837
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5 based on 98 reviews

La Ventana

The real deal...Organic, whole foods made with love using the best local ingredients available, always! Vegetarian and vegan friendly, but also serving delicious, satisfying breakfast and lunches for every diet! Homemade sweet treats, superfood smoothies

Reviewed By lisaaE7633BH

We recently rented a home and had Jen cater in 3 meals along with some snacks and desert items! So grateful we choose this route! The food was delicious and worth the price - especially given the meals were delivered right to our kitchen! Lots of items to choose from, we had a group of 8 people and everyone was happy! No risk at all working with Jen, would highly recommend!Thanks so much for leaving a review, I appreciate it!

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