Dining in Playa Tamarindo Costa Rica, one of the top beach vacation destinations in Guanacaste is as fun and varied as the popular resort town itself. Whether you love casual, leisurely eateries or continental cuisine by candlelight, dining in Tamarindo has a culinary experience to remember, and more.
Fresh seafood is everywhere in Costa Rica, so don’t miss out! Dining in Playa Tamarindo Costa Rica at Gecco showcases variety of seafood and pasta dishes with a Mediterranean flair. The menu at Gecco, displayed on a large chalkboard changes on a regular basis. Some dishes that reappear often include seared wasabi tuna with red onions served over a fresh salad, freshly baked mussels, blackened snapper, and mahimahi in a spicy Dijon mustard glaze. Come early for the best selection. Popular menu items often sell out by mid-evening.
La Laguna del Cocodrilo Bistro specializes in cutting edge fusion cuisine and fine European dining. The portions are large, the presentation is breathtaking, and the cuisine is creative and surprising. Typical dishes include almond, basil, and balsamic crust goat cheese appetizers, fresh blackened mahimahi with a honey curry relish, and an assortment of rich unusual desserts that are must-order items. The bistro is small and intimate, with the best tables set up under the trees outside near the ocean.
Lazy Wave Food Company prepares daily chalkboard specials in a funky, relaxed atmosphere. All of the seating is outside, and a colorful awning attached to an old Almedro tree provides welcome shade during the day. A counter also runs along the open kitchen with room for five or six patrons to sit and watch the chefs. Seared tuna is a regular offering, along with a shrimp and sausage jambalaya, and a chile-garlic beef pepper pot.
Lazy Wave Food Company is a good place for a lively lunch or early supper when dining in Playa Tamarindo Costa Rica. You’re bound to make some friends here.
Zully Mar boasts the best location of all the choices for dining in Playa Tamarindo Costa Rica. Located right on the beach in the very center of town, the cuisine at Zully Mar is simple and the focuses on fresh grilled seafood and Costa Rican dishes, but the atmosphere is unforgettable and the place has become a local hot spot. If you can only choose one place for dining in Playa Tamarindo Costa Rica, choose Zully Mar for the fresh food, beautiful beachfront, and local color. You won’t be sorry.
For a hearty breakfast, a big salad, or a light lunch, check out Nogui’s Sunset Café, located right on the beach off the small circle in town. A popular hang out in Playa Tamarindo Costa Rica for late afternoon drinks, sandwiches, and snacks. The recently added bar upstairs makes Nogui’s Sunset Café the perfect place for a drink late in the day to watch the sun go down over the ocean.
For topnotch Italian fare with some Mediterranean flavor mixed in, try the Cala Moresco Restaurant in the Hotel and Villas Cala Luna. The outdoor dining here is romantic and dreamy, and the food isn’t bad either.
And finally, if it’s Mexican-Latin food you’re after, you could do a lot worse than Maria Bonita out in Playa Langosta. The menu appeals to a wide swath of visitors, and you can even find excellent Caribbean dishes served in a friendly, warm atmosphere.