Where to have dinner in San Jose, Costa Rica?

Many of our guests at the Cayuga Collection Sustainable Luxury Hotels and Resorts ask us about restaurant recommendations in San Jose.   After spending a few days at the beach or in the rainforest, they often have an overnight stay in San Jose and want to go out to a nice dinner.   Here some ideas of the places where we go and have meals.

Product C provides fish to Cayuga Collection
Fresh and responsibly caught fish from Product C

Often, we get asked for ” typical” restaurants.   This is probably the hardest one to recommend as we don’t want to send you to a tourist trap.   So, the best option here would be Tiquicia, which is located up in the mountains of Escazu.   It is a popular spot for locals, especially couples enjoying the spectacular views of the city lights at night.   Another option in the mountains of Escazu is Plaza Espana, which is a small restaurant in an old colonial house serving Spanish Tapas and great wines.   And finally there is La Casona de Lali, which is a very informal restaurant in the center of Escazu.   If you are not looking for a formal experience, this might be the place. They are also open for lunch.

Dining Room at Grano de Oro Restaruant
Dining Room at Grano de Oro Restaurant www.hotelgranodeoro.com

If you are looking for a more fine dining experience to celebrate a special occasion, the best choice by far is the Restaurant at the Grano de Oro Hotel (if you stay there for that night, even better).   It is the only restaurant in Costa Rica that has been awarded a prize by Wine Spectator and the place to go for the locals that want to truly treat themselves to something special.

The best place to have seafood is Product C, which is located in the modern development of Avenida Escazu where many other restaurants, bars, shops and cinemas are located.   Besides running the restaurant there, Produce C is our supplier of responsibly caught seafood and we work side by side to make sure that the seafood served at the Cayuga Collection Hotels and Lodges is the best and freshest, but also taking into account the preservation of our marine resources.

Organically Grown Greens at Finca Rosa Blanca
Organically Grown Greens at Finca Rosa Blanca www.fincarosablanca.com

If you are staying nearby the airport and don’t want to take the ride all the way into town, we recommend you have dinner at the Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation.   You can stay there overnight as well.   This small Inn is located about 20 minutes from the International Airport and easily accessible from all the hotels near the airport by taxi.   The restaurant El Tirgre Vestido serves Latin Fusion cuisine cooked with fresh ingredients that bring alive traditional Costa Rican and Central American dishes.

Let us know if you have any other recommendations.   We would love to hear from you at info@cayugaonline.com.

The Cayuga Collection consists of  eight eco lodges, eco resorts, and sustainable hotels  in different regions of Costa Rica and Nicaragua.  All of them specialize in creating the symbiosis of sustainability and luxury always providing a sense of place taking into account local culture and customs.


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