I wish I could say that we get out to eat to try all of the wonderful restaurants in the Mal Pais / Santa Teresa often, but the truth of the matter is that we do not get to go out to eat as much as we like. The main reason is that most of the restaurants in the area are outside of our budget. That does not mean that we do not go out to enjoy a meal out from time to time, it just means that most of the time we are preparing meals for ourselves at the house.
The Price of Meals in Santa Teresa
The average meal is going to run you between $12-$22 dollars a plate, the average drink is going to run you between $4-$8 a drink. If you times the plates by three (let’s say the kids share) and the drinks by four or five, your family dinner is going to run you between $80 and $100 dollars.
You might be able to save a little on breakfast or lunch, but for the most part we are not going to get a meal for under $50. That is not to say that their are not exceptions to the rule, like if you eat at one of the local sodas, but for the most part you are going to pay more than you would in the U.S. for a family meal.
Santa Teresa has some of the best restaurants in Costa Rica
Santa Teresa is full of great restaurants with different cuisine from around the world. Santa Teresa has one of the best Sushi restaurants in the country. It also hosts some of the best Mediterranean food, Italian food, French food, and international fusion restaurants that you can find in anywhere in the country. Not to mention it also has some of the best sea food and vegetarian restaurants around as well. To the locals, and many tourists, Santa Teresa has become a foody destination. Not only does the area attract surfers, naturalists, and yoga enthusiasts, but it also attracts those looking to appeal to their pallets.
I. Restaurant Recommendations
Note: This is a list of pointers to places that tend to stand out. Given seasonality opening times an menu experience may vary- calling ahead is generally recommended. With the exception of the hotels all restaurants are cash only.
- Kojis – Sushi [Map 1 ]
Playa Hermosa (+506) 2640-0815. Open for dinner 5:30-9:30. Closed Monday. Highly recommended for the top-notch service, atmosphere, and excellent cuisine. Delicious selection of fresh sushi rolls, sashimi, and Japanese delicacies.
- Product C – Seafood [Map 7 ]
Playa Carmen Mall (+506) 2288-5570
Choose from a variety of fresh seafood selections including ceviche, oysters, and the catch of the day. They also offer great selection of microbrew beers to accompany your meal.
- Al Chile Viola – Italian [Map 4 ]
Santa Teresa (+506) 2640-0433. Open Mon-Thurs 6:00pm-10:00pm and Fri-Sun 12:00pm-10:00pm.
Homemade Italian specialties served in an intimate candle-lit setting. Select from pastas and bread, sauces, ragus, and authentic pizzas accompanied by live music on the weekends.
- Almas – Thai & Specialties [Map 5 ]
Santa Teresa (+506) 2640-1055. Open for dinner 6:00pm-10:00pm.
An off-the-road, quiet location with a menu of Thai entrees, a beef tenderloin special and a varying Sushi selection.
- Otro Lado – Mediterranean [Map 6 ]
Santa Teresa (+506) 2640-0583. Open 8:00am-10:30pm. Closed Sunday.
A quaint lounge of the road that serves a selection of authentic Mediterranean cuisine.
- Ginger Café – [Map 7 ]
Outdoor café perfect for breakfast with delicious coffee and fresh baked goods.
- Olam – [Map 8 ]
Santa Teresa (+506) 2640-0991 Open 7:00am-4:00pm. Closed Saturday.
Stop by this charming patio-based venue for a healthy breakfast, lunch or snack. A wide variety of delicious smoothies, juices, raw food treats, and gluten free options to choose from.
- Burger Rancho – Burgers & Local Dishes [Map 9 ]
Santa Teresa (+506) 2640-0583. Open 8:00am-11:00pm. Home delivery.
A wide selection of burgers, salads and sandwiches. Watch for tasty daily specials and consider the trademark burger.
- Brisas del Mar – Mediterranean Local Fusion [Map 11 ]
Santa Teresa (+506) 2640-0941. Open for breakfast 8:00am-11:00am and dinner 4:00-10:00. Closed Monday.
Consistently some of the best food in town with great service and a breathtaking ocean view. Calling ahead for a reservation is highly recommended. An up and rotating menu of steaks, seafood, chicken and vegetarian dishes with an ocean view. Save room for the unbeatable heated brownie and ice cream for dessert.
- Kasava – Gourmet Fast Food [Map 12 ]
Santa Teresa (+506) 2640-0720 Open 8:00am-3:00pm. Closed Sunday
Stop by for a healthy breakfast or lunch on the go, or eat in and let the kids romp around the indoor playroom. A make it yourself salad bar, grilled sandwiches, homemade desserts, and vegetarian and gluten-free options.
- Las Piedras – Argentinean Barbecue [Map 13 ]
Playa Carmen (+506) 2640-0453. Open for dinner 5:30pm-10:00pm.
A rustic restaurant grilling up Argentinean-style seasoned chicken, ribs and more in a simple setting.
- Chop-it & Holy Cow Burgers– Salads, Wraps, and Burgers [Map 14 ]
Playa Carmen Mall (+506) 2640-0000. Open 11:00am-4:00pm. Closed Monday
Fresh organic salads and wraps made to order with a large variety of healthy ingredients.
Or pick up one of the delicious gourmet hamburgers made from hormone and antibiotic free brangus beef and a side of hand cut fries.
- Papaya Lounge– Latin [Map 16 ]
Mal Pais (+506) 2640-0230 Open for breakfast 7:30am-10:00am and dinner 5:00pm-10:00pm. Closed Tuesday for dinner.
Take in the spectacular ocean views from the hilltop terrace while sampling a fresh fruit daiquiri or one of the best mojitos around. The inspiration fro the menu, décor and ambiance draw from the local Latin American culture. They offer a delicious range of tapas, including local seafood and produce.
- Mary’s – Latin American Fusion & Pizza [Map 17 ]
Mal Pais (+506) 2640-0153. Open for dinner 5:30pm-10:00pm. Closed Wednesday.
A charming restaurant that includes a varied cuisine of fresh fish, chicken, and good sized appetizers. The authentic brick oven cooks up a delicious selection of pizzas.
- Playa de los Artistas – Mediterranean [in Montezuma – see Excursions]
Montezuma (+506) 2642-0920. Open for lunch Mon-Thurs 12:00pm-4:30pm and lunch dinner Fri-Sat. Closed Sunday
Highly recommended for romantic dinner, great lunch and great cocktails. See ‘Excursions’ below for more details.
II. Farm to Table
- Hacienda Okhra – Far to Table Dinner
Join Hacienda Okhra for a family style outdoor feast on the farm, featuring locally grown organic food. Learn how to grow, harvest and enjoy natural food served directly from farm to table. RESERVATION ONLY 506.8822.2914
III. Hotel Poolside Food & Drinks
- Pranamar– Eclectic Fusion [Map 2 ]
Have a seat above the tropical and exotic lagoon pool setting at the Pranamar restaurant, Buddha Eyes. The menu style combines Pacific Rim cuisine with Asian and native influences in a casual yet refined dining atmosphere. Stop by the gift shop for locally made jewelry, bags, art and more.
- Flor Blanca – [Map 3 ]
Santa Teresa (+506) 2640-0232. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Upscale setting close to one of the nicest white sand beaches in the area. Great for having a cocktail to enjoy or sitting down for a fine dining experience. The menu is International and creatively extending from sushi and seafood to beef, lamb and classic burger dishes.
- Tropico Latino – [Map 10 ]
Santa Teresa (+506) 2640-0062
Close to the white sand beaches with a wide variety of food and drinks to choose from.
- Vista de Olas – [Map 15 ]
Mal Pais (+506) 2640-0184. Sunday Barbecue Specials.
Atop the hill overlooking the ocean and coastline with a stunning view of the sunsets. Have a cocktail at the bar while taking a refreshing swim in the infinity pool.
IV. Fresh Produce & Fish Shopping
- Green World Store – [Map 4 ]
Santa Teresa (+506) 2640-0434. 8:00am-8:00pm. Closed Sunday
A large selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, including locally grown and organic produce. Also available is a good variety of natural pantry staples such as coffees, honey, nuts, and jams.
- Organic Market – [Map 9 ]
Playa Carmen, every Saturday from 3:00pm-5:00pm
100% organic fruits, vegetables, herbs, cheeses, breads, chocolate etc. Other vendors also come and sell baked goods, art, clothes and jewelry.
- Product C Fish Market – [Map 6 ]
Playa Carmen Mall (+506) 2640-1026. Open Mon-Fri 10:00am-7:00pm.
An always fresh selection of local and imported fish and seafood—lobsters, oysters and other specialties included.
- Fisherman Village – [Map 10 ]
A little fisherman village is located at the very Southern tip of Mal Pais where the fresh catch is sold right off the boat and filleted at your request. To get the best catch before it sells out, time your visit to meet the incoming boats—typically in the morning around 7:00am and in the afternoon around 4:00pm. All fishing trips take off from here (see Activities below for more details).
- Farmers Market
Cobano, every Monday from 5:00am-11:00am
A wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables to choose from.
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