Traveling is such a delight… visiting white sand beaches, hiking, enjoying beautiful views, watching mesmerizing sunsets, learning about new cultures and lifestyles, training BJJ with people around the globe, and of course, the biggest pleasure of all, eating flavorful, delicious food!
If you are making a trip to Costa Rica, you will love the plethera of restaurants you will find here. Tamarindo is a town where many cultures meet, the variety of food is vast. “Locals” are not only from Costa Rica, but from all over the world. That is why you will find food from all over the world. It is the perfect place to try international as well as Costa Rican cuisine.
We have gathered some of our favorite restaurants in Tamarindo. They offer high-quality food, great service, and an amazing experience overall.
The most beautiful, romantic restaurant right on Tamarindo’s beach is Pangas. This is the perfect place to visit if you are in the mood for fine dining and gourmet dishes. Pangas is great for a romantic dinner at sunset whilst checking out one of the best pumping surf spots in town. Their specialties include steak and seafood.
Mercadito De Tamarindo
As the newest spot to go in Tamarindo, Mercadito de Tamarindo is a great place to eat because it offers a variety of delicious options. Included are: Asian Fusion, arepas, amazing burgers and poke. Mercadito has a nice bohemian atmosphere, featuring live music every night Wednesday through Sunday. They have a beautiful sailboat right in the middle where you can enjoy a cocktail. It is definitely the best place to spend a relaxing night in Tamarindo. It is open every day from 11 am – 11 pm!
Best wood fired Pizza in Tamarindo! If you are a pizza lover, the La Esquina is a must. They use quality sauce, meats, and a devine thin, crispy crust. It’ s the perfect place to go to as a family, with a park for the kids to enjoy while you wait for your meals. La Esquina has a fun environment, good prices, and excellent service.
Nordico Coffee House
Looking for the best place to have breakfast after training Jiu Jitsu at Hero Academy? Nordico Coffee House is a must. This quaint establishment has the best coffee in town. Delicious, healthy, and fairly priced with an extremely friendly and accommodating staff. Our favorites? The acai bowl ( of course) as well as the oatmeal and the pancakes. While there, you must try the famous Costa Rican Gallo Pinto, the typical breakfast of Costa Ricans.
If you’ve got some work to do, they also offer Free Wifi!
Little Lucha Taqueria
Are you a Mexican food lover? If you are looking for some Mexican goodness; guacamole, chips, and tacos you have to check out this hidden gem. Relatively new to town, it is absolutely amazing. They offer authentic tacos, burritos, and hot sauces for the very brave to be washed down with a refreshing Mexican beer. All food is fresh and filled with flavor. This place is very laid back.
In the mood for large dishes? If so, Green Papaya is the place to go. This place offers an absolutely amazing fresh food menu, generous portions, and fun vibes. Healthy, vegan and vegetarian options. The best place to go for a big dinner and amazing cocktails! Be sure you try the chips and guac!
Buen provecho! And don’t forget to train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with us to “burn off those calories” 😉
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