20 Best Local Places in Costa Rica To Eat & Drink

Local recommendations on where to eat in Costa Rica, brought to you by Costa Rican native Diego!

Today we have a list of 20 of the best places in Costa Rica where you can go to eat, have a drink or go enjoy the nightlife. We sought out to showcase authentic local places; no big chains or touristic places here. Discover some local “hidden gems” where Costa Ricans go.

Here you will have different types of food, places that Costa Rican people love, however there are so many good local places to eat in Costa Rica, just remember to eat in different places and not the same big chains you can find anywhere in the world.

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Riverside Pizzeria & Gastropub

Location: San Isidro, Heredia

Price Range: $ (dishes under $10)

This place is located about 30 minutes from downtown San Jose, but this beautiful place in the mountains is worth the travel. Their woodfired pizza is absolutely delicious.

Riverside offers traditional pizza with tomato sauce, but with a mix of different ingredients that you will only find here. They also offer pizza with white sauce and a bunch of different pastas and lasagna.

If you want to have a drink, they offer craft beer and a great selection of wines.

Pro tip: They can get very crowded so remember to make a reservation! +(506) 2268-6889

Taller de Pizza Da Domenico

Location: Santa Ana, San José

Price Range: $$ (10$-20$ dishes)

Italian owner Domenico creates what are often called the perfect pizzas. He has more than 30 years in the business of pizza. So, you can trust when we say this guy knows what he’s doing.

This is a small and cozy place; they offer a great variety of pizzas. They also have some desserts that you can’t miss.

If you love pizza and authentic places you have to go with Domenico.

Pro tip: This place is small, call for a reservation. +(506) 2438-1703

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Dark Kitchens

Location: Santa Ana, San José

Price Range: $$ (10$-20$ dishes)

This place started with 2 brothers and a small container; they managed to create one of the best burgers in Costa Rica. Their flavor and recipe are just unique.

Their burgers are made with Wagyu meat and if you like blue cheese, you can’t miss their “Blue Cheese Burger”, but they offer other amazing burgers for all tastes.