Where to Eat in San Rafael de Escazu: The Best Restaurants and Bars

October 15, 2017 Rebbecca Marino

Discover the best restaurant in San Rafael de Escazu, Costa Rica including Taj Mahal Restaurant, Nau Sushi Lounge, Restaurante Grano de Oro, Park Cafe, Restaurante Saga, Sisso, Restaurante Pescatore, Factory Steak and Lobster, The Market, Banzai Sushi Asian Cuisine
Things to do in San Rafael de Escazu

1. Taj Mahal Restaurant

1 kilometer West of the Centro Comercial La Paco Escazú, Old road to Santa Ana., Escazu 10201, Costa Rica Reservations, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$235 - HK$471 +506 2228 0980
Excellent
67%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 462 reviews

Taj Mahal Restaurant

1st Indian Restaurant in Costa Rica (estd. 2002) set up in a historic home (built in 1979) to enjoy The Royalty of vivid flavored food. The romance of ambiance and the symphony of flavors creates memorable feast for all the senses. Ethnic style beautiful decoration, Indian music and traditional hospitality makes one feel like a Royal. THE CUISINE OF MAHARAJAS Inspired by the feasting traditions of ethnic Indian kings and queens and using Nawab and Moghul cooking techniques from various states of India, chefs from India concoct timeless dishes; perfect for sharing and exquisite in their mastery of spice and flavor. SPECIAL DINING For a true Indian feast, book special dining in one of the private rooms or banqueting Darbaar – ideal for corporate dinners, groups and events. UNFLASHY, CAREFULLY HONED RECIPES INSPIRED BY INDIAN PALACES’ KITCHENS Vegan and gluten free selections. Certified 5 Star property by Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT).

Reviewed By susanmullins2018 - Los Angeles, California

Whether you want a quiet peaceful spot for dinner for 2 or a place where you can bring 16 of your friends or business associates, it will always warm, peaceful and friendly. Even with a party that size you can still hear each others conversations....MoreThank you for your compliments and being a regular guest at Taj Mahal. Indeed, we love to serve all; individuals, couples, families, groups and events. Looking forward to welcoming you again, soon. Do try our Fridays special - Indian Dance and Flavorful dining.. Namaste

2. Nau Sushi Lounge

facing Multiplaza Escazu, Escazu 11856-1000, Costa Rica Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Valet Parking, Accepts Credit Cards Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$78 - HK$196 +506 2208 2148
Excellent
80%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 501 reviews

Nau Sushi Lounge

Green and white hues and modern furniture signal the ultra-cool ambiance in Nau Lounge, a trendy Asian inspired drinking and eating spot off the lobby. Enjoy fresh sushi and sashimi from the bar while lounge music fills the air in this chic, contemporary lounge setting

Reviewed By Nino F

Super fresh food and original taste. Great experience with family and friends, easy location and good pricesDear Nino F, Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us. We feel very happy knowing you enjoyed your visit. It is always a pleasure to serve you; we hope you come visit us very soon. Best regards, Ricardo Menendez General Manager

3. Restaurante Grano de Oro

Calle 30, Avenida 2 y 4 | #251, San Jose 10107, Costa Rica Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi French, Latin, European, Costa Rican, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$196 - HK$785 +506 2255 3322
Excellent
72%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Restaurante Grano de Oro

Restaurant Grano de Oro merges Costa Rican tropical with European cuisine under the expertise of our French chef Francis Canal. Once a simple cafe, this restaurant has evolved into one of San Jose’s finest dining establishments, frequented by locals and tourists alike.Specialty cocktails, classically presented dishes and delicious desserts are served in the charming ambiance of a magnificent period home with an elegant inner courtyard. The bilingual wait staff provides professional and friendly service. Service is offered throughout the day from 7 am to 10 pm. Restaurant, patio and bar are non-smoking

Reviewed By alfonso s

Very nice !! Food is good.Rations in the small side.High end place. Decoration and cleanness awesome. Located in within a hotel installation. Close to downtown San Jose. We also had a wonderful and quiet breakfast.

4. Park Cafe

Av. de Las Americas, Calle 48, San Jose, Costa Rica Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards French, International, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner HK$78 - HK$785 +506 2290 6324
Excellent
88%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 305 reviews

Park Cafe

Please read important reservation information on our website before making your booking. Thank you.

Reviewed By Teresa268 - Halesworth, United Kingdom

My husband and I were in Costa Rica for the first time and on the recommendation of friends booked a table to experience the Park Café on our last night in the country. Firstly I should say that unlike most of the negative reviews posted,...MoreDear Teresa and Joe. Thank you for your visit, company and review. Always a pleasure to have people such as yourselves at home with us in Park Cafe. Best wishes. Richard, Ricardo and Louise

5. Restaurante Saga

Avenida Escazu, Escazu 000, Costa Rica Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Validated Parking, Television, Free Wifi International, Sushi, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$157 - HK$275 +506 4100 6700
Excellent
50%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 305 reviews

Restaurante Saga

Saga is a modern, international food restaurant where clients can not only delight themselves with exquisite dishes, but also enjoy the tropical view like atmosphere combined with its modern architecture. In Saga, there is a prevalence of modernism in both its food and design while contrasting with the tropical ambiance of the landscape. In Saga, international food is transformed with the blending of tastes from different parts of the world. The experience is only enhanced by its already renowned gourmet bakery.

Reviewed By Willem K

My wife and I visited while we were staying at the Marriott across the road. I had the 'ensalada superfoods' - a quinoa salad - and my wife had the Italian Sandwich with a Caesar salad. Very friendly staff, decent menu, OK atmosphere - I suppose good all around. ~$15-$20 for most main dishes, which I'd say is a bit expensive for Costa Rican standards.

6. Sisso

Calle 310 | En Ctro. com. Plaza Florencia, Local #20, Escazu 10203, Costa Rica (Formerly Sisso - Sabores de Jerusalem) Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Television, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Kosher Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast HK$55 - HK$157 +506 2288 4737
Excellent
57%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 189 reviews

Sisso

We Love To Serve, We Have The Passion Of The - Kitchen Art. We Looking To Do It Better Always, The Original Taste Of Jerusalem In Costa Rica. Clean And Safety Place. Parking And Security, A Lot Of Sun Light, Very Easy To Get Here. Great Music, Great Food, Great Wines Beers And Cocktails. Our Turkish Cafe Is Part Of Our Passion. We Are Doing Our Own Best Pastry. The Best Pita Bread In All De Americas. You Are More Then Welcome 7 days a week. You Are The Must Important Part Of Our Mission!!!

Reviewed By NYE2015 - Saint Louis, Missouri

Went to this restaurant because the one across from it was closed. We Love Ethnic Food so this was a great find anyway. The food & service were terrific. The tzatziki was very runny & I'm used to the thick strained yogurt kind, so I would say they need help w/that. Everything else was great! The pita bread was exceptional. We would go back!

7. Restaurante Pescatore

C.C. Golden Plaza, 600 metros sur de Multiplaza Escazu, frente a BMW | Centro Comercial Golden Plaza, 600 Metros sur de Multiplaza Escazu, Escazu 10201, Costa Rica Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Highchairs Available Peruvian, Latin, Seafood, Mediterranean, Fusion, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$118 - HK$314 +506 2289 8010
Excellent
72%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 391 reviews

Restaurante Pescatore

Pescatore Restaurant is focused on providing recipes where creativity and originality are the highlights, fusing peruvian and Mediterranean cuisine. A truly new and unique experience. The restaurant is owned by Peruvian chef Regis Molina, Le Cordon Bleu graduate, with extensive experience in Costa Rica. Finally note the open kitchen, large windows and the ability to eat outdoors. Hope to see you soon !

Reviewed By Harold M

Was excellent!
Simply delicious, expensive yes, but totally worth it.
The service was great, personalized and really professional.
I made the reservation saying it was for a birthday and they didn't make it just another one, they called us by name and offer a courtesy dessert for her.
Really happy!

8. Factory Steak and Lobster

Frente al Centro Comercial Multiplaza | Real InterContinental Hotel, Escazu 11856-1000, Costa Rica Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, Seafood, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$157 - HK$353 +506 2208 2100
Excellent
82%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 546 reviews

Factory Steak and Lobster

Reviewed By AlbertoMiami_Florida - Miami, Florida

I had a very bad dinner experience at this location . I ordered a ribeye and it came cold, hard, too disgustingly full of hard fat , creamy spinach out of the freezer and service could actually improve a lot....you overpay for any dish here to get such an experience . AVOID, go to the Asian one, I had lunch there and rolls were pretty good

9. The Market

Real InterContinental Costa Rica | In Front of Multiplaza Shopping Mall, Escazu 11856, Costa Rica Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards International, Italian, American, Central American, Costa Rican, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch HK$78 - HK$275 +506 2208 2100
Excellent
74%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

The Market

Always open, always delicious. Promising quality and affordability, The Market is open 24 hours for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night dining. You can build your own Sandwich, pasta, pizza or gourmet burger. A large selection of salads, Carpaccio and ceviche is also available. The beautiful Terrace overlooking our pool and Gardens is perfect to enjoy it around the clock. The modern ambiance and lively exhibition kitchen are the perks of this new concept restaurant.

Reviewed By sasnhe - new hampshire

This is way more than a salad bar. The tuna and salmon are sashimi quality and everything else is fresh and delicious. You can return as many times as you want!!! Also, excellent desserts. The staff is extremly competent and friendly as befits an Intercontinental Hotel.

10. Banzai Sushi Asian Cuisine

Plaza Florencia, Local #10. Del BAC (de la Paco) 150 mts Norte, carretera a Guachipelin, Escazu 10201, Costa Rica (Formerly Banzai) Takeout, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Thai, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$78 - HK$157 +506 2289 7733
Excellent
68%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 134 reviews

Banzai Sushi Asian Cuisine

Reviewed By asma s

Came in on a Thursday night. It was very empty....but welcomed very well by the hostess.
The sushi was excellent! Highly recommend the Valentine roll and Magic roll, they were fantastic.
The appetizers were not good (shrimp tempura was oily and gyoza seemed frozen). Pad Thai was ok.
Overall really recommend the sushi!

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