Casa Teresa’s Must-Try Costa Rican Foods and Restaurants

Gourmet Costa Rican restaurants

Photo/image by OSA | @osasantateresa

Against the touristic backdrop of Costa Rica, Santa Teresa provides a secluded paradise where you can enjoy complete privacy and discretion — while indulging in every creature comfort that your heart could possibly desire. The small beachfront town of Santa Teresa offers some of the most exquisite Costa Rican food along the coast with gourmet Costa Rican restaurants. If you feel like heading out, these are some of our top culinary picks.

First Night Welcome Feast at OSA Santa Teresa

On your first night at Casa Teresa, you’ll be keen to explore the town and sample the best that Costa Rican food has to offer. Located 300 meters north of La Lora Santa Teresa, OSA Santa Teresa offers fresh local seafood, prepared in traditional Costa Rican style. We recommend arriving at 5 pm to enjoy their delectable mango and coconut ceviche and tuna tartare before kicking back with Happy Hour at 6 pm. Their varied selection of mains has something for all culinary tastes. Seafood aficionados will appreciate the spicy seared tuna and lemon-ginger mahi-mahi, with the hearty TNT burger and veggie mix providing alternatives for those who aren’t big fans of fish.

Breakfast @ The Bakery

Bagels with various toppings.Photo/Image by The Bakery | @thebakery_santateresa

After an early-morning session on the surf, satisfy your appetite with an à-la-carte breakfast at The Bakery. This popular destination is not only famous for its amazing bread, flaky croissants, and NY-inspired bagels, but also offers a full menu of salads, paninis, and quiches. Turn up from 7 am for breakfast, smoothies, and unbeatable coffee, and return between 6 pm -10 pm for their yummy pizza and pasta dinner menu. You’ll find this hub for international-come-Costa Rican food 150 north of La Cruce.

Brunch with a Costa-Rican Twist

Offering fresh, healthy, colorful menus, Costa Rican restaurants for brunch showcase a mix of cosmopolitan and Costa Rican cuisine. Here are our top two best restaurants in Costa Rica for a beachside brunch.

Eat Street

For a taste of Costa Rican street food, be sure to pop in to Eat Street between 7 am and 10 pm. This attractive, surf-themed café offers a laid-back vibe and juicy bites that will have you returning again and again. Among their top customer favorites, we recommend the hummus platter, vegan bowl, crispy chicken tacos, and Veggie Love Tacos.


People enjoying outdoor dinner at night in a tropical setting.Photo/Image by Nami | @nami.santateresa

Did we mention that Santa Teresa offers flavors from all around the world? If you like your Costa Rican food with a touch of high-end Japanese flair, then be sure to add the Nami restaurant to your list of must-eat locales. Located 200 meters north of Super la Hacienda and open from 11:30 am to 10 pm, Nami is your #1 destination for teriyaki, poke, rolls, and fried rice. Among their diverse offerings, we recommend you try the rainbow rolls and shrimp tempura. The freshness of the fish from the coast plus authentic Japanese tradition is a culinary match that’s made in heaven.

Unique Costa Rican Restaurants

There really are dozens of excellent restaurants dotted along the Santa Teresa coastline. However, two in particular stand out among the best restaurants in Costa Rica for ethnic originality.

Twin Fin

Quinoa and lettuce dish with avocado and small Twin Fin cactus.Photo/Image by Twin Fin | @twinfinsantateresa

Sometimes, a light dinner is just the thing after a day of exploring, adventuring, and perusing some of the many craft markets on offer. Inspired by the large French crêpe, Twin Fin has a full menu of Costa Rican food rolled up in a batter of gluten-free goodness. Begin your meal at 5 pm with a panini or seafood crêpe, followed by an ice cream roll and fresh fruit salad. Organic açai and delicious smoothies provide a healthy and delicious finishing touch.

Casa del Mar Steak House Bar & Grill

Beer and steak on a table with diners in the background.Photo/Image by Casa Del Mar | @steakhousecasadelmar

For your final night in Santa Teresa savoring the Pura Vida lifestyle, you can’t go past Casa del Mar Steak House. Inspired by the Argentine parrillada, this highly-rated restaurant is the best place for a large serving of meat, woodfired pizza, special grilled veggies, and stand-out desserts. Go prepared to enjoy a cold mug of beer, a glass of wine, and a cocktail or two to finish off your unforgettable stay.

Keen to tempt your tastebuds with the tantalizing flavors of Costa Rican food? Learn more about a stay at Casa Teresa and contact us to secure your booking.

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