I LOVE eating out, but finding fantastic restaurants in Costa Rica that serve up something yummy besides the typical casado (rice, beans, meat, salad) is quite a daunting task. This is one of the reasons I love the laid back beach town of Puerto Viejo so much – there are quite a few fabulous restaurants there, cooking up a variety of world flavors.
This delicious restaurant use to be called Loco Natural. The chef, Stashu, recently bought the restaurant and changed the name, but he is still serving up the same healthy, creative, exotic world fusion cuisine. I usually order the special because Stashu really is a creative genius when it comes to food and I want his latest inspired dish. I also recommend the tasty house special ginger fruit smoothie – healthy and fun! They also feature monthly art exhibits and live music. Go here for dinner, the plates cost between $10 – $15, cash only. It is located 200 meters south of downtown. (vegetarian-friendly)
Flip Flop is a tiny little restaurant packing big big flavor. The German owner, Sabine, cooks up a variety of delectable dishes including Thai, Italian, American, and Caribbean. My absolute favorite is her curry and I can’t recommend it highly enough – definitely a must have. Flip Flop is tucked into the corner of a small shopping center across from the hardware store and is open for lunch or dinner. Plates cost under $10, cash only.
Bread and Chocolate
Another tiny little restaurant that serves up a huge taste. They are all natural, growing most of the ingredients themselves. I recommend coming here for breakfast or brunch, and of course, try the bread and chocolate! They are located just down the street from Flip Flop and plates cost between $5 – $15, cash only. (vegetarian-friendly)
Costa Rica has more than one Puerto Viejo. People end up in the wrong one all the time. Make sure you go to Talamanca, unless you enjoy surprise adventures. 🙂