Who said that Costa Rica is only known for its exquisite nature, nice and friendly people, and stunning ocean views from high-end exclusive beach villas?

There is much more to discover, and the variety of fine dining options has increased year over year.
It’s not always easy to find the right dining options, therefore I provide you with a list of carefully selected gourmet restaurants and fine dining options in Costa Rica.

The list focuses on the luxurious real estate hotspots which I mentioned in this article.

Only top-rated restaurants qualified for the list.

However, although I did my best to list only the best and top-rated ones, I can’t guarantee that the restaurants will fulfill your expectations to 100%.

As my grandma used to say, tastes and expectations are individual.

10 Top-Rated Fine Dining Options in the San José Area 

 

1. La Terrasse French Cuisine

  • French cuisine
  • Vegetarian and vegan friendly
  • Table d Hôtes (personalized exclusive chef)
  • Only by reservation for 2-12 guests
  • Private courses of French cuisine and patisserie
  • Weddings
  • Location: San José, Calle 15, San José
  • Phone: +506 8939 8470
  • International and European cuisine
  • Artistic setting
  • Award-winning chef Richard Neat (his restaurant in London won two Michelin stars, and his restaurant in Cannes won one Michelin star)
  • Location: San José, Calle 48, San José
  • Phone: +506 2290 6324

3. Restaurante Grano de Oro

  • French, Latin American, and European cuisine
  • French Chef Francis Canal
  • Colonial Style setting with elegant courtyard
  • In-house aged Costa Rican beef
  • Location: San José, Calle 30, Avenida 2 y 4
  • Phone: +506 2255-3322

4. Restaurante Jurgens

  • International and French Continental cuisine and vegan dishes
  • Over 100 wines to choose from
  • Modern and relaxed setting
  • Part of Hotel Boutique Jade
  • Customized service
  • Phone: +506 2283 2239
  • Location: San José, San Pedro (Bario Escalante)

5. Le Monastère

  • French and international cuisine
  • Great 270-degree city view and city lights setting
  • Decorated in European tradition
  • Eclectic history, originally the home and chapel of an elite family in the 1900s
  • Live piano music
  • Gregorian and classical music in the renovated chapel
  • La Cava Lounge on the lower level with a more laid-back atmosphere
  • Phone: +506 2228 8515
  • Location: San José, Escazu

6. Donde Carlos

  • Steakhouse, Argentinian and Latin American cuisine
  • Opened in 2003
  • Contemporary style
  • Great variety of barbecues and Argentinian cuts
  • Location: San José, San Pedro (Los Yoses)
  • Phone: +506 2225 0819

7. Le Chandelier

  • French, European, and International Cuisine
  • Founded in 1985 by French chef Claudio Dubuis
  • Areas for private events
  • Gourmet Sausages
  • Location: San José, San Pedro
  • Phone: +506 2225 3980

8. Doris Metropolitan

  • Steakhouse
  • High quality meats and large variety of cuts
  • Originated from Israel and opened in 2010 in Costa Rica and in 2013 in New Orleans
  • New Orleans best new restaurant awards of New Orleans Magazine
  • Location: San José, Santa Ana
  • Phone: +506 2282 2221

9. Andiamo La

  • Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, vegan dishes
  • Authentic Italian high quality food in Costa Rica
  • Personalized service
  • Homemade Pastas
  • Locations: San José (Santa Ana), Cartago (Tres Ríos)
  • Phone: +506 2282 7879 (Santa Ana), +506 2272 1838 (Tres Ríos)

 

10. Restaurante L’Ile de France

  • French cuisine
  • Nouvelle cuisine
  • 30 years of experience
  • Special and group events
  • Location: San José, Escazu
  • Phone: +506 2289 7533

The 3 Top-Rated Fine Dining Options in Guanacaste

 

1. Abbocato

  • Mediterranean and Asian cuisine
  • Tapas gourmet menu
  • Locally sourced organic food
  • Location: Hacienda del Mar, Golfo de Papagayo
  • Phone: +506 2672 0073

2. La Mesa de Monique y André

  • French and international cuisine
  • Very private and exclusive setting at Monique and André’s home
  • Seven delicious courses
  • Location: Liberia
  • Phone: +506 8811 4202

3. HiR

  • Fusion, seafood, vegetarian, or vegan
  • Intimate and exclusive dining experience for up to 12 people
  • Organic and locally sourced ingredients
  • 7 courses per person
  • Location: 20 minutes south of Tamarindo
  • Phone: +506 7223 6697 or +1 650 550 0578

The Top-Rated Fine Dining Option in the Jaco Area

 

Amphitheater Restaurant

  • International cuisine with a local flair
  • Special amphitheater setting with great Pacific views and the rain forest
  • Location: Herradura
  • Phone: +506 2257 3653

The Top-Rated Fine Dining Option in the Manuel Antonio Area

 

Arbol Restaurant

  • Fusion, seafood, and seasonal produce from Central Pacific farmers
  • Seasonal produce from Central Pacific farmers & fishermen and modern culinary techniques
  • Unbanal cuisine, mainly based on fresh local produce
  • Forest setting inside and outside (built in the branches of trees), with spacious rooms and great views of the Pacific
  • Location: Hotel Makanda, Manuel Antonio
  • Phone: +506 2777 0442

Summary

Overall you might have noticed that you can find the widest variety of fine dining options in Costa Rica in the San José area, close to or right in the luxurious real estate hotspots of Escazu and Santa Ana.

The next best variety lies in Guanacaste followed by the Jaco and Manuel Antonio areas.

So those were all the restaurants I could remember. I hope this list will give you some inspiration for your next stay in Costa Rica.

Enjoy your future dining experiences!

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