Puerto Viejo de Talamanca Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

November 28, 2017 Milan Banda

Only real-deal surfers should brave the torrid waters of Puerta Viejo de Talamanca, known both for their beauty and for their dangerously strong riptides. Surf’s especially up at Salsa Brava and Playa Cocles. Not to fear—the rest of you water bugs can enjoy snorkeling, kayaking and diving in the calmer waters of Cahuita or Manzanillo. Rent a mountain bike to coast to Manzanillo for a full, fun experience.
Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

1. Bread & Chocolate

50 m south Cafe Viejo, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica Highchairs Available, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$24 - HK$94 +506 2750 0723
Excellent
74%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Bread & Chocolate

Bread and Chocolate is a small, all natural, bakery and cafe on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. We offer a variety of freshly baked goods, hand-made chocolate truffles, and cakes, as well as breakfast and lunch.

Reviewed By Lone J - Oslo, Norway

The homemade bagels with creamed egg are to die for. I loved the food here and the great atmosphere. The staff are attentive and the prices are ok.

2. El Refugio Grill

200 Mts sur del Hotel Suerre, Punta Uva, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Highchairs Available, Full Bar Barbecue, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Dinner, Drinks HK$39 - HK$196 +506 2759 9007
Excellent
83%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 466 reviews

El Refugio Grill

International Cusine Restaurant. Jungle outside private tables for dinner or chill out. Romantic atmosphere, good music. Focus on the good quolity of the products and the service.

Reviewed By dicdoc2016 - Dixon, New Mexico

Small, personable restaurant with delicious food! Romantic setting with just a few tables and personalized, friendly service. Excellent food prepared by a gourmet chef in full view of all the tables. We ate there for dinner twice and it was excellent both times!

3. KOKi Beach Restaurant & Bar

Main Town Center | Main Street, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 70403, Costa Rica Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Caribbean, Latin, Bar, Seafood, Mediterranean, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night, Drinks +506 2750 0902
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

KOKi Beach Restaurant & Bar

Reviewed By davethedrill - hemel

Passion fruit daiquiri

Finger fish / sea bass with soya sauce
Guacamole with chips
Sea bass Mexican style with spicy red jalapeño sauce with veggies and mash potato
Sweet and spicy shrimp,cayenne,honey and herb reduction,avocado and rice
All brilliant
Couldn’t finish any as so huge portions
No dessert for Mr and Mrs Drill
Stuffed
Unheard of !!

Reserve sauvignon blanc

4. La Pecora Nera

3 km/2 mi southeast of town at Playa Cocle | Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Cocles, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 70403, Costa Rica Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night +506 2750 0490
Excellent
81%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 751 reviews

La Pecora Nera

Reviewed By robinjn1 - oxford

This restaurant is located 80m down a gravel alley almost immediately next to Le Chameleon hotel.
Don’t be put off by its location. The food is really good, and the chef is supported by a family team who strive to make the whole dining experience here a memorable one. Very good choice on the menu, and this is supplemented by several specials which the staff are very happy to explain.
The service is relaxed yet efficient.
The price is towards the high side, but the quality is very good.
We ate there twice during our 3 day stay in the area.

5. Pura Gula

Playa Chiquita | 50 Metros Oeste Del Duende Gourmet, Playa Chiquita, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 70403, Costa Rica Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments Seafood, International, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$39 - HK$157 +506 8634 6404
Excellent
74%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 368 reviews

Pura Gula

Reviewed By liliansy - Sao Paulo, SP

I went to Pura Gula for dinner with some friends. The food and service were good and price is reasonable. They call themselves as "slowfood" and, yes, the food took about 35 min to be served. We had fish with potatoes, veggies and salad that were delicious! Remember bringing cash because they don't accept credit cards.

6. Lazlo's Catch of the Day

Ave 71 | Between Salsa Brava Restaurant and Exploradores Outdoors, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 70403, Costa Rica Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Seafood, Gluten Free Options Dinner
Excellent
84%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 331 reviews

Lazlo's Catch of the Day

Reviewed By David L - Heredia

Truly a unique format. Excellent food presented the old fashion way. Simple but wonderful. Having lived in Costa Rica for 11 years, I have visited many beach eateries. This up there with the best. You won’t leave hungry or disappointed.

7. Cafe Rico

Avenida 69, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 7304, Costa Rica Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff Cafe, European, Costa Rican, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Brunch HK$24 - HK$63 +506 2750 0510
Excellent
88%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 770 reviews

Cafe Rico

CAFE OPEN ONLY MORNINGS FOR BREAKFAST / THURSDAY & FRIDAY CLOSED.<br><br>We have BIKES for rent, BOOK EXCHANGE, LAUNDRY service & WIFI.<br><br>Is quiet place, clean, nice garden with different animals ( sloths, red frogs, birds normaly), Center of town, family environment.

Reviewed By Elena F

Cafe Rico, where to start? Of coarse at Cafe Rico every morning. Roger and his staff are the absolute most hospitable of all. Yum yum yum. From eating the best food to meeting people from all over in the most relaxing location with so much to take in. See my pictures and go say hi to Roger and his gang. Best cup of coffee, tea, lemonade ginger, orange juice all from scratch. Ama Rosa- AMAZING!! Banana bread French toast with Maple Syrup, omelettes, best ever bacon, avocado, beets, garlic, fruit, yogurt, eggs and potatoes!!! Atmosphere - the best. I can’t sum it all in 100 words. See the pictures visit the place and see for yourself. Say hi to Roger for me.

8. Gelateria Deelite Italian Gelato

Calle 213 y Avenida 73 | Frente A La Parada Del Buses, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 70403, Costa Rica Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Brunch HK$24 - HK$71 +506 8419 2023
Excellent
77%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 102 reviews

Gelateria Deelite Italian Gelato

We are the first Italian Gelato Shop in The Caribbean of Costa Rica for five years running. We have brought our traditional gelato recipes direct from Italy. We offer a large selection of delicious flavors( up to 20) made in house daily. In addition to the tropical and traditional flavors we also have non-dairy and vegan options. If you dont feel like a cold treat, try an espresso or cappuccino. We have created a chilled out Caribbean vibe! You will feel cool and relaxed listening to our selection of reggae music while sitting outside under a thatched roof with ocean view! We are located in the town center just across the bus stop. We look forward to seeing you here! PURA VIDA!

Reviewed By jaypeemtl - Montreal

Set on a corner, the Terrace is great to check out the people and the beach. Bus stop is right there! Some chairs might need to be adjusted, but nice place to "surf" and enjoy your food! Talking of, great coffee and various types of...MoreIt is always a pleasure having your visit here! We'll pay attention about the seats, thank you for the warning. Hope to see you soon. =) Pura vida!

9. Todo es Posible

Camino Par La Playa De Cocles, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +506 2756 8484
Excellent
82%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 240 reviews

Todo es Posible

Reviewed By davethedrill - hemel

The friendly welcome sets the tone
Such a happy feel good ambience
Complimentary focaccia with tomato,anchovy and pesto
Red tuna carpaccio - the finest
Pizza margharita with onions,prawns,peppers and chilli - superb quality , too big couldn’t finish On reflection its one of the best pizzas ever.Wifey who is not a pizza fan was generous in both her praise and consumption !!!
Fettuccini Siciliana .... swordfish ,olives and garlic ,wifey enjoyed hers
Homemade ice cream ....wow
A Spanish sauvignon blanc
GRAPPA in Costa Rica im in heaven
Service outstanding

10. Como en mi Casa Art Cafe

215 Street / Avenue 73 | Second Floor, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 7304, Costa Rica Reservations, Seating, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking Cafe, Mediterranean, Costa Rican, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Drinks, Breakfast, Brunch +506 8674 2900
Excellent
91%
Good
6%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 367 reviews

Como en mi Casa Art Cafe

Small Cafeteria with a welcoming and friendly atmosphere, where it is possible to taste healthy food around an artistic ambient created totally with recycled materials.All products are homemade with organic local products.Located in downtown Puerto Viejo, on the second floor with a beautiful view of the Caribbean sea, next to the organic market of Saturday morning.Gluten-free options.Free Wifi. Food made with love!

Reviewed By loobs63 - Rochester, New York

Cute cafe on the second floor. We got our food to go. The sandwiches were excellent! We had the special chickpea burger and a veggie wrap. They had a good selection of sandwiches and treats. The owner was very friendly helpful. Menu was in English...MoreThanks a lot for this review.... Maybe next time you can get lunch here and live our atmosphere.... Bye !

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