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Restaurant Guide

Welcome to the YouGetHere Restaurant Guide.

Here you’ll find a list of local restaurants in the Southern Pacific Zone of Costa Rica. This handy guide has been broken up into three sections: Dominical, options between Dominical and Uvita, and restaurants in Ojochal. Hours of operation can change depending on the season, please confirm days and times of operation with the restaurant directly.

Dominical

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CAFE DELICIAS

The first establishment you’ll see upon entering Dominical town. A popular spot with locals and tourists, folks flock here early for freshly brewed coffee, hot breakfast, fruit smoothies, and otherworldly desserts. They also serve a variety of sub-style sandwiches with wicked steak fries on the side.

RICAR2 El AVION

Just a few minutes east of Dominical, on the road toward San Isidro, sits a fully assembled 727 Boeing airplane. Adjacent to that airplane is Ricar2 Restaurant, which serves seafood, pasta, and meat dishes. Kids will be entertained by the plane and pool, but the food is very tasty, too.

LUNA LLENA

Also on the road to San Isidro, just a few mintues from the town of Dominical is Marisqueria Luna Llena. This is a popular seafood restaurant where you can enjoy traditional Costa Rican dishes.

TIKI BAR RESTAURANT

There’s something for everyone at Tiki Bar Restaurant, next to the Dominical supermarket on the main highway. A gathering spot at happy hour, choose from pub food, hot and cold sandwiches, grilled dishes, and veggie options.

SUNSET POOL BAR

Along the main entrance into Domi, you’ll find Rio Lindo Hotel’s restaurant flippin New York-style pizzas that practically need a crane to be lifted. Go during happy hour to watch the sunset over the river Baru. Or take the kids at lunch and enjoy the pool.

CAFE MONO CONGO

A menu focused on healthy eats and fresh local produce. This cafe is THE place in town to quench your thirst, where beverage options range from fresh squeezed juices, smoothies, teas, coffee, kombucha to ciders and craft beer on tap. A popular menu item here is the Tico breakfast burrito.

PHAT NOODLE

Thai food, curry, salads, and seafood are served up for lunch and dinner with unique daily specials. They’ve got a full bar and a cocktail menu featuring local fruits.

EL PESCADO LOCO

The most popular Seafood stop for a quick bite is serving up Fish & Chips, Fish Tacos, Shrimp Tacos, and Fish Sandwiches. The menu also includes salad specials and tofu & vegetarian dishes as well. Guests consistently rank this restaurant at the top on TripAdvisor.

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EL RANCHO

Down the river road and away from the center of town you’ll find El Rancho, a beautiful restaurant at the Rio Mar hotel, featuring Tapas, Seafood dishes and pasta options. With a pool, foosball and billiard table, the kids will be entertained as well.

LA JUNTA

La Junta specializes in “bites”, meals and drinks and has something for everyone. The menu has seafood, burgers, and options for vegetarians and kids, plus a huge array of epic sandwiches to choose from.

DOMINICAL SUSHI

Dominical Sushi has been a long-standing dinner favorite of locals and draws a good crowd after 6 p.m. when the Saki starts flowing.

BAR Y RESTAURANTE SU RAZA

Bar y Restaurante Su Raza is located across from the soccer field. A traditional Costa Rica restaurant, popular for its seafood dishes and full bar.

FUEGO BREW CO.

There’s a hidden gem in the center of Dominical called Fuego Brew Co., where the jurassic-park style gated entrance obscures the three-story restaurant and brew pub. Stop by for happy-hour and enjoy their craft beer with a view of the sunset over the river.

THE KRAZY KINKAJOU

This cafe and restaurant are easy to spot, just look for the well-known VW bus out front.  Featuring European food and grill, this is a spacious place for large groups and often features live bands and concerts.

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LA CASITA PIZZA

Located on a side road behind Tortilla Flats, this joint always hits the spot. This pizza stop is a no-brainer if you’ve got kiddos.

ONE LOVE CAFE

Whether you’ll be having a traditional Tico breakfast, freshly baked pastries, or a green smoothie, enjoy it here with beautiful macaws soaring overhead.

TORTILLA FLATS

Located just off the sand and within eyeshot of the Pacific Ocean, the menu focuses on Mexican, American & Costa Rican dishes. If you like your servings big—big burritos, big burgers, big sandwiches—head to Tortilla Flats.

EL COCO's BAR & RESTAURANT

El Coco Bar y Restaurant is at the far end of the main road and was Dominical’s first restaurant. They specialize in local dishes as well, and when there’s a soccer match of any kind on television, this is the spot locals hang out at.

Del Mar Taco Shop

DEL MAR TACO SHOP

Authentic Baja Mexican and Hawaiian BBQ specials. Beer battered Fish or Shrimp, Carne Asada or Pollo Asado and Vegetarian Tacos, Giant Burritos, and Taco Salads with fresh baked chips.

Between Dominical & Uvita

La Parcela Seafood Restaurant

LA PARCELA

La Parcela serves up fresh delicious seafood with a panoramic ocean view of the Osa Peninsula. The sunset view at this restaurant is amazing.

KUNJANI CAFE

Kunjani Cafe is the newest coffee shop in town. Located in Dominicalito near the soccer field, in the Aracari Square Courtyard, order a coffee, pastries or food dish.

NFUSION BISTRO

Infusion Bistro, located at Villa Alturas, features a breathtaking ocean view. They are open for lunch and dinner. There is also an animal sanctuary up the same mountain road.

JOLLY ROGER BAR & RESTAURANT

If you’re looking for the best wings in Costa Rica, head to Jolly Roger. Located up the mountain road of Escaleras, between Dominical and Uvita, the bar has a great ocean view.

SCALA RESTAURANT

Another option up the Escaleras road is Scala Restaurant in Escaleras Village. The seafood, contemporary and local cuisine are fresh and healthy.

CUNA DEL ANGEL

Cuna del Angel features 100% gluten-free international cuisine.  The dishes and drinks are beautifully prepared, as well as delicious.

GUSTO ITALIAN RESTAURANT

Gusto is a popular spot for Italian food. Located between Achote and Playa Hermosa, on a short road that is on the east side of the highway; closed on Tuesday & Wednesday. Reservations required.

VISTA BALLENA SUNSET BAR & RESTAURANT

The Sunset Bar & Restaurant is located at the Vista Ballena Hotel, 1 kilometer east of the highway, and offers an ocean view. Seafood, chicken dishes, and filet mignon all grace the menu.

THE BEEHIVE
Mediterranean Restaurant, Bar & Boutique

Before you enter Uvita, on the right side of the road you’ll find The Beehive Restaurant & Bar. This healthy Mediterranean restaurant has something for everyone. The menu includes chicken, lamb, pork, seafood, filet mignon, and even greek lasagna. Chicken fingers, fish sticks, and pizza will keep the kiddos happy. Beehive often has live music and events so be sure to check out what’s on the calendar.

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Uvita Restaurants

Los Barriles Restaurant Uvita

RESTAURANTE LOS BARRILES

Restaurante Los Barriles in Uvita is grilling up seafood, fast food favorites, pasta, and South American dishes.

HOLA INDIA

Hola India’s menu features Chinese, Indian, and Pakistani cuisine, plus vegetarian choices as well.

AROMA A CAFE

Aroma a Cafe is a bakery, cafe, and restaurant. Stop in early for coffee and their fresh cinnamon rolls and pastries.

RISTORANTE ITALIANO POR EL CAMINO

Restaurante Por el Camino is an Italian restaurant centrally located in Uvita. They serve fresh homemade pasta, vegetarian options available, and delicious pizzas.

TOUCAN BAR & RESTAURANT

A great happy hour option with a bar and pool table. Located at the Toucan Hotel, this restaurant and bar serve dinner options (deep-fried goodness, some local dishes, poutines, and personal pizzas) from 4pm to 8:30pm. Closed Wednesdays & Thursdays.

LOS LAURELES BAR & RESTAURANT

One of the top-ranked restaurants on Tripadvisor, the Los Laureles menu features Local cuisine, Latin cuisine, Bar, Seafood, Central American, and Costa Rican dishes. Some of the favorites are the huge burgers (veggie too), fresh fish tacos, and tropical salads.

WHALE TAIL BREWERY

Come taste the award-winning and internationally recognized craft beer at Whale Tail Brewery. The restaurant is open from noon to 9:30pm and often features live music and local bands. All dishes are made from scratch with the freshest ingredients.

MOSAIC WINE BAR & CAFE

Top-ranked as a Travelers Choice on Tripadvisor, Mosaic’s menu features 40 wines, craft cocktails, quality coffee drinks, yummy paninis, cheese + charcuterie boards, gourmet salads, fresh sushi, and Japanese fusion cuisine. They also have vegan and vegetarian options.

INDOMITOS CAFE

This healthy vegetarian cafe menu is full of vegan and veggie foods and desserts, plus healthy drinks. The falafel burgers and vegan omelets are highly recommended, as are the many smoothie recipes.

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TASTE

Dining at Taste is an experience. Located at Oxygen Villas, the rotating, seasonal menu is healthy, with many plant-based options. Their full-service bar features a premium wine list, national and craft beers, and artisanal cocktails made with fresh local fruits and juices.

MARACUYA CAFE & RESTAURANT

Maracuya’s menu features gourmet fast food from different parts of the world, prepared fresh in an “artisanal way.” They also have a bar and a great menu of tropical cocktails.  French pastries and breakfast are served from 6-11am.

SANTA BURGUESA

Santa Burguesa serves up huge American-style burgers and fast food, using the freshest quality ingredients. Pair it with a cold chocolate, strawberry or Baily’s malt.

SIBU RESTAURANT & COFFEE STORE

Sibu serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and has a shop where you can buy coffees, chocolates, and other gifts. The menu has something for everyone, Local cuisine, International, Healthy, Costa Rican, and Vegetarian Friendly.

RAPIPOLLO

Rapipollo is a local stop for Costa Rican fast food and fried chicken. A quick stop if you’re in a hurry or you don’t want to spend a lot on lunch.

LA FOGATA PIZZERIA

This pizzeria has a huge range of options like pesto pollo pizza, artichoke pizza, veggie pizza, gluten free, and even a dessert pizza.

Carlitos Mexican Food

CARLITOS RESTAURANT & BAR

Carlito’s Restaurant & Bar is a Latin-fusion restaurant that specializes in Mexican food dishes and drinks with a touch of Costa Rican, Cuban, and American influence.

THE DOME

The Dome restaurant in central Uvita offers your favorite breakfast and lunch staples. Costa Rican or American-style breakfast plates, burgers, salads, wraps plus freshly made juices, lemonades, and smoothies.

AL CHILE QUE SI

This bar and restaurant feature Mexican and Latin pub food. Fajitas, tacos, nachos and vegetarian options. They often have a fun crowd and music shows after 9pm.

RESTAURANTE BAR LOS TRONCOS

Costa Rican restaurant, open for lunch and dinner. Menu features fish or chicken casados, tenderloin and rib-eye steak, Grilled tuna, Shrimp Fettucini, Seafood Fried Rice and more.

LE FRENCH CAFE

This cozy cafe and wine bar in Uvita serves typical french cuisine for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner.

RISTORANTE ITALIANO

Located at Dolce Uvita, Ristorante Italiano features Italian family recipes enriched with Mediterranean and local Costa Rican flavors.

FALAFEL UVITA

A great stop on the way to Marino Ballena National Park, this restaurant serves up Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Israeli cuisines.

LOS ALMENDROS

A Costa Rican and South American restaurant with a large menu for the whole family.  Located on the road to Marino Ballena National Park.

FIVE MAES

Five Maes goal is to make the most delicious burgers, wings, real shakes, and fries as possible. The onion rings and chicken sandwiches are great too!

MYSTIC SUSHI

Mystic Sushi, the same owners as Dominical Sushi, offers Japanese, Sushi, Asian, and Fusion cuisines.

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BAGEL TIME

One of the highest-rated restaurants in Uvita, often #1 on Tripadvisor.  NY-style bagel bakery that also serves hot breakfasts, pastries, fresh juices, and a lot of sandwich options for lunch.

PIZZA TIME

The highest-rated pizza joint in Uvita is Pizza Time. They serve Neapolitan pizza made with only the best, ethically sourced ingredients. Vegetarian and vegan options.

LA CHOZA DE ALEJO

Enjoy fresh Mexican food, ceviche and margaritas at La Choza de Alejo Bar & Restaurant. Burritos, fajitas, nachos, quesadillas, enchiladas, flautas… plus vegan and veggie dishes.

HOUSE OF GINGER

House of Ginger specializes in Thai, Chinese, and Asian cuisine.  Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are available.

NIDO DEL HALCON

A Costa Rican “soda” featuring traditional dishes popular in the area. Seafood, chicken, beef, and vegetarian plate options. They often have live music on Thursdays.

SABOR ESPANOL

Sabor Espanol’s chefs are from Ibiza and Barcelona, cooking up paellas, seafood, and Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine. They have a selection of Spanish wines and sangria.

Ojochal Restaurants

BALLENA BISTRO

Ballena Bistro is located at kilometer 169 on the coastal highway, between Uvita and Ojochal in Costa Rica. Rustic and contemporary with modern fusion cuisine, Ballena Bistro is a neighborhood eatery that uses fresh local produce for all homemade dishes. Closed on Mondays.

PURA VIDA BAR & RESTAURANT

Located at the Cristal Ballena hotel, Pura Vida Restaurant & Bar features delicious international and Costa Rican cuisine with an Austrian touch. They serve a wide variety of refreshing cocktails and beverages with an ocean view.

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RESTAURANTE FUSION

Fusion has a large menu with something for everyone. Sushi, steaks, chicken, pasta plus veggie, vegan and gluten-free choices as well.

HELICONIA

Heliconia reviews rave about excellent steak and fresh fish. Each dish is prepared fresh from scratch, enjoy appetizers while you wait for a delicious meal.

CITRUS

Citrus is creative French, Seafood, and European cuisine in a contemporary and cozy ambiance. Their menu is inspired by flavors from different parts of the world and so is the wine list.

MAMMA E PAPA

Mamma e Papa’s features healthy Mediterranean Italian cuisines. Some popular dishes are their handmade tagliatelle, gnocchi, cannelloni, lasagna, and pizza. Their desserts such as sponge cake with Italian custard cream delight.

EXOTICA

Exotica serves local cuisine, French, European, Central American, and Vegetarian Friendly dishes. Their fantastic meal options feature unique and refined flavors from around the world.

SUD LOUNGE RESTAURANT

Sud Lounge Restaurant features a great atmosphere and unique dishes with flavorful and creative flavors.  Reviewers praise the setting, view, and slow-cooked lamb and seafood ravioli dishes.

CASTILLO'S KITCHEN

Catillo’s Kitchen is located in the boutique Ojochal hotel El Castillo, right off the main highway. Fresh dishes feature chef-selected ingredients from local farmers and fishermen.

MEDITERRANEO BOCA CORONADO

The restaurant specializes in high-quality imported Seafood and Steaks. Located at the mouth of the Terraba River, just south of Ojochal. They have lots of drinks based on natural fruits, craft beers, wines, and cocktails.

Kua Kua Restaurant

THE BAMBOO ROOM

The Bamboo Room is located at Alma de Ojochal. A large entertaining space offers seating for 80 and features awesome ocean and sunset views. Enjoy fabulous fresh cuisine and check the calendar for live entertainment events.

KUA KUA RESTAURANT

At Kua Kua, the menu changes with the seasons, adjusting to reflect prime produce and protein availability.  The unique poolside Bar 360, has incredible views. The restaurant and bar are for adults only, ages 16 and up.