Our Favorite Restaurants in Tamarindo, Costa Rica

IMGP8720Here is our top restaurant picks for the town on Tamarindo where we have a vacation rental condo in the Sunrise Condo Complex.  We have tried to provide you with information to find these places but giving you an address is difficult because there are no street names in Costa Rica.  Everything is mapped by how far away it is in relation to local landmarks.  If you can not find these places just ask around – people here are extremely friendly!  

LA PALAPA (hotel and restaurant) 5 – 7 minute walk from our condo, just past the Hotel Dira on the beach side of the road.  They specialize in Seafood – but there’s something on the menu for everyone.  This is my favorite restaurant because of it’s beach location.  At night they light up the palm trees that frame this beach patio and it’s as if you are in paradise. 

EL COCONUT located on the main road in tamarindo about a 5 minute walk from our condo. Likely the most expensive restaurant we have ever been to in Costa Rica but well worth the money in my opinion!  and it’s not really that expensive by North American standards.  Featuring seafood and steak dishes, the chef makes each dish delicious with a creative flare.     

VOODOO LOUNGE located in Central Tamarindo (506)653-0100 about 5-7 minute walk from our condo
This place is fine dining with entertainment.  Great food! 

 MATAPALO located in the Hotel Diria 50 metres South of our condo (Sunrise Condo Complex) and just a two minute walk away. This world class hotel has a wonderful restaurant that features a wide range of local and international foods.  We suggest if you are going for dinner arrive early and enjoy a cocktail while watching the sunset from this ocean view patio.   

PIZZERIA/RESTAURANTE/HELADERIA PORTOFINO located across from the beach on the main road of Tamarindo about a 3-5 minute walk (towards the circle) from our condo.  This open air pizza shop/ice cream parlour is a great place to enjoy a pizza and a glass of vino in a casual setting.  This is a good choice for eating if you are starting to get a little home sick for food(…not that you will with all the variety in the area – i’m just saying IF YOU DO…). 

There are many, many more restaurants and as we explore more places we will extend our list.  Also feel free to ask around and check out the restaurants posted menus.

Buen Apetitio!


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