When visiting Tamarindo you may be overwhelmed by all the restaurant choices we have in town. I’ve been on this part of the coast for about a month now and have scooped out what I think are the “go to” places depending on your mood.
While nothing beats a traditional abuela, if you’re looking for something local, Wrap Soda is a must. They serve up some of the freshest Casados (typical Tico plate) which includes your choice of meat or fish, rice, beans, a salad and plantains. Wrap soda is by far one of the most affordable restaurants in town with Casados, which includes a drink, costing about 4,000 to 5,000 colones. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can head to the local town of Villa Real and visit Las Palmas. It’s here, you’ll find the most authentic Casados (which include a drink) and Tico experience. Prices range from 3,000 to 4,000 depending on your choice of meat.
If you want to bump it up a notch, I would suggest Green Papaya or Sprouts. Sprouts is best known for their mouth-watering sandwiches, fulfilling salads and Rum loaded coconuts. Sprouts is strongly committed to Costa Rica’s sustainable practices sourcing all of their ingredients from local, organic farmers and even printing their menus on 100% banana paper. Salads and Sandwiches range from $13-$15 but if you’re looking for a quick snack check out their happy hour from 3-6pm: $2 Carnita or Chicken Tacos, Free Beer with any Appetizer, $2 National Beer, 2×1 Well Drinks, etc. If you’re not wanting to make the walk for lunch/dinner check out Green Papaya. Green Papaya is a cozy little restaurant, tucked away on a street just down from the hotel. They are a great option for enjoying a fresh burrito or taco trio!
Lastly, if you’re looking to treat yourself look no further than Pangas or Langosta Beach Club. Although they are a little more expensive than the rest, they are worth it. You’re on vacation, treat yourself to at least one night of fine dining! Pangas offers a unique dining experience with one of the best sunset views in town. They are best known for their Volcanic Rocks dish, which includes prime beef cuts served rare alongside a sizzling volcanic rock, pre-heated to 500° to cook each slice at your table to the temperature you desire. Served with sautéed vegetables, enyucado, and three sauces: Chimichurri, Aioli, and Chipotle. You can add a lobster tail or shrimp skewer to make your own Surf and Turf (pictured above) . If you’re wanting to stay closer to the hotel, check out Langosta Beach club just down the road in neighboring Langosta Beach. They have the best Tuna Tar Tar and can cater to almost any food palate with their expansive menu ranging from traditional Italian pasta to Sushi. If you just want to check out their lush gardens or hang out in one of their beach chairs, stop by for happy hour and grab one of the world’s best Mojitos.