Dining out and partying in Tamarindo Beach can be the best part of your visit and vacation in Costa Rica. Tamarindo has a wide variety of restaurants, bars and night clubs; from quick and cheap to fine international dining. You’ll also find some restaurants go out of their way to accommodate families and children, typically with a separate play area. It enables the kids to get fed and then go play in a safe controlled area, typically with other kids! By no means should these restaurants be avoided if you are without kids – you’ll miss out on some great food.very service, catering services, and private chefs are also available; especially helpful for weddings and private gatherings.
Of our favourites (in no specific order):
- La Baula – favourite pizza, family place, wonderful. Don’t miss gelato for dessert (coconut, hazelnut, etc)
- Sprout – just relocated across street from Witches Rock Surf Camp. Excellent, healthy, clean cooking. YUM!
- Surf Shack – for your burger, sports, chicken fix. Kids will love this, as I do. On the circle, near Noguis.
- Noguis – tends to be a meeting place for North American visitors and local gringos. Excellent banana cream, coconut cream, and pineapple pie. Good food of all varieties. On the beach.
- Patagonia – Argentina Steakhouse and Seafood
- Bamboo Sushi Club – Fresh and delicious; non-sushi selections also. Excellent mojitos!
- Café La Tabla – newly opened and excellent.
- La Bodega – good breakfast and lunches. Locals and friends love this place.
- Seasons by Shomy – favourite place, Israeli guy, cordon blue trained, Mediterranean flavours.
- Pangas. Great atmosphere, wonderful food, can get $$.
- Langosta Beach Club, also has Friday night live entertainment. Great atmosphere, wonderful food, can get $$.
- El Cholito: for your Chipotle fix
- Black Stallion – This is an event! More of a family style traditional BBQ and fiesta, one price for all you care to enjoy. Suggested for teens and older. Fun, Fun, Fun; and plenty of comradery. Couple the meal with zip line, horse trip, etc.
- Green Papaya – Isreali guys. Very good.
- Longboards – good BBQ
- Pasta Casera – love their grab and go pastas, sandwiches, and empanadas. You can also get ‘make your own’ pizzas here.
- El Vaquero / Volcano Brewing – on the beach. Good beers, food from Witches Rock Surf Camp. A choice place for watching the sunset with a cold one; often with live music.
Newer restaurants may be open in town now. I hear there’s a great sandwich place in the Automercado center.
Tama has basically 2 paved roads, though many of these restaurants are off on side streets or unpaved roads. Scope things out during the daylight, so you feel comfortable after dark. While you’ll be able to walk to many of these restaurants, some will be easier by car or taxi.
Just out of town:
- Head to Punto Tranquilo in Huacas for lunch or Dinner. My favourite. Run by a French couple, typical CR food served up right. I love their ceviche and the Chifrijo
- Another great place for lunch in Villa Real: Soda Las Palmas. Typical foods, it’s where all the locals eat at least once a week. The real deal.
- For an extra special occasion or a real treat, head out to Playa Negra and enjoy Villa Deevena. Renowned French chef, rivaling the best food in any major US or Canadian city! Incredible wine cellar. Amazing what one can find in the middle of the jungle!
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