Where to eat South American food in Montezuma: The Best Restaurants and Bars

October 5, 2019 Jana Sager

Find out what South American restaurants to try in Montezuma. North of Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Preserve and south of Tambor Bay, along a forested sandy bay, Montezuma has numerous beaches, waterfalls, good fishing, seafood, surfing, snorkeling, horseback riding, hiking, and bicycling. Playa Las Manchas is popular for snorkeling, though you need to be mindful of riptides as you gaze at the parrotfish, rays, puffers, and needlefish. The kids will like exploring the colorful rocks and tide pools at Playa Rocas. Beachfront cantinas, bars, and restaurants are plentiful in Montezuma. Playa de los Artistas on the Montezuma beachfront serves sushi, pizza, and vegetarian dishes by lantern light at driftwood tables on smooth sand floors beneath bamboo lattice ceilings. Playa Montezuma hosts the fishing fleet. Hike half an hour to the endless sands of Playa Grande to swim, surf, boogie board, or sunbathe nude where the waves are big and the currents less strong. Horseback ride, bike, or hike the beachfront path north towards Playa Cocolito, where El Chorro waterfall tumbles into the rocky ocean. Follow the river upstream from the beach to find more waterfalls for swimming. Playa Los Cedros, a small scenic beach flanked by a waterfall and large banyan tree near Cabuya, has a right-handed point break favored by experienced surfers when the south swells get going good. The beaches and tropical forests at the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula in Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Preserve are protected as a national park. Surf at nearby Mal Pais, Playa Santa Teresa, or Playa Carmen. Surf camps can teach you the basics.
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7. Butterfly Brewing Company

Montezuma-Delicias Rd., Montezuma Costa Rica South American, Costa Rican +506 2642 1317 https://www.facebook.com/BeersandButterflies/
Butterfly Brewing Company

Reviewed By JeniferP_13

We went a bit too far trying to find the waterfall and stumbled on this gem. Ac quaint little brewery with 4 beers on tap and cocktails too. I tried the stout and it was yummy. What really impressed me was the menu. I wish we had had time to eat here. We did have the homemade chips and salsa and the deep fried cauliflower and both were delicious. The seating was outdoors on the patio but an indoor option was also available. I wish I could have hung out here longer!

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6. Las Delicias

Montezuma, Costa Rica, Montezuma Costa Rica Latin, Spanish, South American, Central American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Outdoor Seating, Seating, Table Service
Overall Ratings

3 based on 34 reviews

Las Delicias

Reviewed By ed4_vida_rica

When you are at the beach you know your choices will be limited and the prices a bit higher than in the city. Same here, but....I really enjoyed the food here, breakfast was good, lunch and dinner likewise. One of the least expensive options, with typical, well cooked food. We were here for 6 days and ate here regularly.

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5. El Encanto

Across from the Cascada Located inside Hotel Amor de Mar, Montezuma Costa Rica American, European, Asian, South American, Central American Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch Seating, Street Parking, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards [email protected] +506 2646 0262 http://www.amordemar.com

We have an ocean front restaurant that serves healthy food made with love. We offer homemade bread, homemade jam, yogurt, fresh tropical fruit, fresh fruit smoothies, egg dishes, european style open faced sandwiches, and crepes are prepared fresh daily. F

Reviewed By Milagrosfilms

Can’t say enough about this hidden gem of a restaurant connected to the arty hotel, Amor de Mar. Owner, Ori goes to great lengths in order to obtain the best produce from the local organic farmers’ market for her eclectic menu which changes regularly. I’ve tried everything here (recently moved from LA) and it’s all superb, down to their salad dressings. The mango juice is particularly good. Breakfasts are also delicious and on Sundays there’s an outstanding brunch. The homemade jams and breads, including challah are insane. A truly magical place with stunning gardens and ocean views. Don’t miss it!

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4. Ash Sushi Restaurant & Cafe

Calle Canopy Delicias, 700 este del cementerio, Montezuma Costa Rica Japanese, Cafe, South American, Costa Rican [email protected] +506 8890 8283
Ash Sushi Restaurant & Cafe

Reviewed By 521MichaelS

When we travel for fun, we look for off-the-beaten-path kinds of places. So when friends told us about ASH Sushi about 2km away from Montezuma Beach, we were both intrigued and skeptical. We don't associate the fine culinary artistry of Japanese cuisine with remote villages in Costa Rica. But nothing ventured was nothing gained, so we hopped on an ATV and took off in search of ASH. It wasn't easy to find, but the effort was worth it. There are a few modest signs that lead to this cafe. It almost felt as if we were on a scavenger hunt. So, you've got to work for it. Ultimately, you'll come across a modest house with a patio full of handcrafted wooden tables. And then the fun begins. We ordered a crab handroll, a traditional maguro sushi roll, some miso soup (a surefire way of judging the chef's craft) and tempura onion rings. All of the dishes knocked our proverbial socks off. This kitchen knew what it was doing. The fish was fresh, the soup was subtle and delicious, the sushi rice was perfectly cooked and the presentation would make the best Japanese sushi chefs a bit jealous. We ordered wine, rather than sake.....that may have been a mistake. The wine tasted like Chilean plonk. But that was the only dischordant note of an otherwise brilliant meal. The restaurant is the brainchild of two local Costa Ricans who know the restaurant business and aspired to create something different. They succeeded. The restaurant had apparently opened just a few weeks earlier, so we are essentially experiencing the soft opening. But during our lunch. a number of other guests showed up, so the word is spreading. If you find yourself in the southern Nicoya Peninsula and you have a yen for fresh, well-prepared Japanese food, this place shouldn't be missed. The prices are reasonable, the food is delicious and, best of all, you will have experienced one of those legendary overlook gems that many in the culinary world aspire to find. Great Japanese food where you'd never expect it. It's worth the effort.

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3. El Pescador

Afrente Super David Across Super David, Cabuya, Montezuma Costa Rica Costa Rican, South American, Central American Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks Takeout, Table Service [email protected] +506 7176 2613 https://www.facebook.com/elpescadorcabuya/
Overall Ratings

5 based on 23 reviews

El Pescador

Casual dining restaurant with creative and original dishes. Serving the freshest and most affordable fish on the peninsula. We serve both seafood and delicious cuts of other meats. For the vegetarian crowd we also have many options noted on our menu. Loca

Reviewed By doug s

This was so good at reasonable prices we kept coming back. The fish dishes are fresh and prepared in a very tasteful manor. The waitress made you feel like you were the most important customer.

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2. Fusion Mar Y Tierra

Ciudad cabuya puntarenas costa rica Cabuya 300 Metros Antes de la Reserva Cabo Blanco, Cabuya, Montezuma Costa Rica Sushi, Seafood, Asian, Fusion, South American, Costa Rican Lunch, Dinner Reservations, Table Service, Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible [email protected] +506 8570 3777 https://www.facebook.com/Restaurante-Fusi%C3%B3n-Mar-Y-Tierra-1614009122227728/
Overall Ratings

5 based on 21 reviews

Fusion Mar Y Tierra


Reviewed By alain p

Fusion Mar y Tierra is an authentic restaurant located meters from Cabo Blanco National Park in the Cabuya Province providing visitors with ample parking space. At arrival what strikes you is the authentic nature of the place, settled next to a grazing plot for cows and a dirt road leading to the national park. The second most remarkable feature outside of the food and location is the spotless cleanliness. The kitchen, bathroom and tables were spotless. As the name points too, the menu is varied serving sushi, local Costa Rican fish and meat dishes, pasta and salads. We ordered smoothies that were delicious - the papaya and pineapple where freshly blended with milk from the cows in the plot next door. Having asked for a recommendation we were informed by the very friendly owner that the fish had arrived fresh a few hours ago. The fish filets were perfectly grilled and served with white rice, fresh broccoli and carrots as well as a surprisingly well balanced tangy sauce based on basic ingredients - fish juice, lemon and pepper. The total bill including four smoothies and two main dish dishes was 15,000 colones or the equivalent of 27 U.S dollars. While some places attempt to tackle a varied menu and rarely deliver quality, Fusion Mar y Tierra delivers fresh ingredients with a modern twist in a beautiful rural spacious setting.

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1. Soda La Naranja

two doors down from teh Bakery cafe, Montezuma Costa Rica Central American, Costa Rican, Seafood, South American Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast Seating, Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Table Service +506 2642 1001
Overall Ratings

4 based on 107 reviews

Soda La Naranja

Reviewed By ITGirlFC

It has been a few years since our first visit to Soda La Naranja. We stopped in for Ceviche and beers and we were not disappointed. They really do make the best ceviche around town. Enjoyed watching the chef prepare freshest ingredients - tasting as he goes to ensure the best flavours. Love the fact that it is locally owned.

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