Here is a listing of the different restaurants, bars, and entertainment that Quepos has to offer. The list is extensive so if you have any particular requests, please ask at the front desk. Sport fishermen can have certain restaurants cook their catch, so make sure it is made in filets, and bring it to them early. Most places accept credit cards, but it is always a good idea to check first. The prices on the menu do not always include the standard 13% sales tax, or the 10% gratuity, bon appétit!
Even more abundant and varied than the wildlife of Quepos and Manuel Antonio is the melange of restaurants and bars in this once-sleepy, but now wide-awake, Central Pacific port town.
Oven-fired pizza, grilled or blackened tuna, Tex-Mex, saucy French fare – you’ll find it all in the Quepos and Manuel Antonio region. And there’s at least one bar on every block downtown, which makes Quepos one of the world’s most convenient locations for a pub crawl!
Soda Sanchez is a casual yet delicious option for typical and authentic Costa Rican cuisine. Enjoy a Costa Rican casado dish made fresh and in plentiful portions in order to satisfy anyone’s hunger. It is wallet friendly and conveniently located across from the Wide Mouth Frog Hostel, on the main street, 50 meters east of the bus terminal. Opened all day, every day, Soda Sanchez has you covered for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Dos Locos Restaurant is a meeting place for foreigners and locals alike. Marvelous margaritas, great guaro sours, and the best Mexican food and typical CR food in Quepos/MA! Live music Wednesdays at 7pm & Saturdays at 12:30pm.
El Gran Escape, also known as the “Fish Head Bar & Grill”, has excellent fresh fish, seafood, Mexican and vegetarian dishes, great burgers, and sandwiches, children’s menu and THE BEST homemade desserts! Fun and casual atmosphere across from Quepos waterfront.
The Runaway Grill, Located at the Marina with a beautiful view, the Runway Grill will be the perfect choice for a delicious dinner with a casual yet fancy dining experience. Taste the fresh fish catch of the day (Tuna, Grouper, Mahi Mahi, Snapper), Seafood Paella and Tacos (with chicken, fish & beef). Stay for drinks such as Cocal (coco rum, pineapple, cranberry juice), Caña Braba or Margaritas. Come and enjoy the food for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner from 8 am. to 10:30 pm. All credit cards are welcome.
Mercato del Porto offers authentic Italian cuisine in a beautiful tropical setting! Located at the Quepos Marina and overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean and Central Pacific Coast sunset, this is the place to be when the sun is about to set! Enjoy delicious
El Jardin del Mar offers a genuine Tico dining experience with great arroz con pollo, casados and typical Costa Rican dishes at very inexpensive prices. Located across from Banco Nacional and next to the bus station in the center of Quepos.
Ticos, is owned by a local CR guy. The food is more than great, prices are cheap, and the attention is outstanding!
Gastronomía L’Angolo, an Italian place across from Dos Locos, offers a variety of styles, also serves fresh herb-covered sandwiches, pizza, pasta, espresso, fresh juices, sells meats, cheeses, olives, pesto, wines, other imported foods and delicacies.
Pizza and Spaghetti Escalofrio has the authentic Italian wood fired stone oven pizza & fresh pasta dishes, international wines, beers, cocktails and 100% natural Italian ice cream made fresh in Quepos. Open daily from 2:30pm, closed Mondays. Located in Quepos center.
Mira Olas atop the Best Western Kamuk, across from the water front in Quepos, has serving up delectable vegetarian cuisine at delicious prices. Offering new-age cuisine with a touch of tradition, the friendly folks at Mira Olas include menu items like Ensalada Palmito, Ensalada Mixta, Cesar with pollo and Sopa Vegetariana. Wash the experience down with a Fruit Punch, Pineapple Juice or a Watermelon Batido. All credit cards welcome, this establishment is open from 6:00am to 10:00pm.
Club Banana is located in the former administary district of the United Fruit Company, the Zona Americana, in Quepos. Just past the Marina and a bit off the beaten path, Club Banana will provide you with Costa Rican flavor and charm, in the original wooden building! This restaurant provides a casual and relaxed atmosphere and a true Tico experience!
If you’ve caught your own fish for dinner, several places downtown will cook your catch, including the Grand Escape, Kukulas and Dos Locos. So will most of the hotel restaurants.
You can beat the heat down on main street at Wacky Wandas Bar Central, the only air conditioned bar in downtown Quepos, located across from the Casino near the waterfront.
Bambu Jam One of the exotic restaurants in Manuel Antonio! Right on the way to the national park, Bambu Jam has a wonderful selection of meat and fish dishes. In your next visit don’t forget to try the Mahi Mahi Blackened with Mango Chutney, Beef Tenderloin with Red Wine Sauce or the Surf and Turf in Seafood Sauce and the wonderful selection of drinks to taste like Mai Tai, Long Island Iced Tea and Bambu Jam. This restaurant is open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Credit cards are allowed. Enjoy the live music on Tuesday and Friday nights.
El Mono Azul Rainforest Restaurant on the road to Manuel Antonio has award winning pizza, burgers, nachos, vegetarian dishes, and great salads. Full service restaurant and bar open from 6am to 10pm.
Restaurante El Arado is tucked away down the Old Road to Manuel Antonio. Traditional family recipes are abundant and graciously served in this open air café. Dine on wooden tables, made from gigantic fallen trees taken from the family finca. El Arado is a family business, which began with the desire to offer visitors a range of authentic, original Costa Rican . most of the dishes offered are made from ingredients that come straight from their farm. El Arado means, “the plow”. The menu encompasses a variety of lunch and dinner options, featuring the El Arado signature dish, Saltin, fish filet strips & calamari rings in Cruiolla sauce, served with rice and salad. Vegetarian options are also available. 12:00pm-9:30pm
Z Seafood and Grill offers a wide variety of dishes from land to sea. Z is able to provide everything from fresh shellfish to ribeye steaks, to Yellow Fin Tuna. Savor the drinks and dishes are that are inspired by St. Tropez and Ibiza beaches. Enjoy the restaurants exquisite dishes with loved ones or any the refreshing cocktails in the hip bar atmosphere. Only the best and most fresh ingredients are used in order to provide guest with the most succulent flavor. Z Seafood and Grill guarantees an unforgettable experience. 2:00pm-10:00pm
La Luna Restaurant at Gaia Hotel and Reserve – Enjoy International cuisine as well as local Costa Rican cuisine. From the sunset tapas, to the fresh, local tuna each dish at La Luna is prepared with fresh, local ingredients. Enjoy a breath-taking sun set while indulging yourself in Roasted Squash and Papaya soup, Tico-Style Ceviche, Jumbo Shrimp Tagliatelle, or Panko-Crusted Tuna. Pair any other these entrees with a bottle of wine in order to create a full sensory experience.
Ronny’s Place makes everyone feel like they are at home with it’s warm atmosphere, stunning views, fabulous Costa Rican cuisine, outdoor dining, and wonderful libations!
Casual Costa Rican restaurants serving typical food the the “casado” are called “sodas”, and Soda El Angel is a casual yet delicious soda located in the center of Manuel Antonio is perfect for a laid back lunch or dinner date. Serving delicious traditional Costa Rican dishes, El Angel will satisfy you hunger with their delicious and plentiful portioned meals. Wallet friendly and vegetarian friendly El Angel will provide you with a perfect tico dining experience.
El Largarto is located right on the beach front, offering a dining experience like no other. It is surrounded by coconut palms and a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. It is famous for its live grilling style. Pair any of your perfectly grilled meats with any of their international wines to tickle your taste buds. Add live music and dancing to your night when dining at Largarto.
Café Agua Azul overlooking the gorgeous Pacific offers large portions of fabulous food at great prices. Wraps, salads, Big Ass burgers, burritos, seafood specials and great cocktails, this is the place to be for lunchtime or dinner! Open 11am to 10pm, closed Wednesdays. Located above Coldwell Banker in the Hotel Villas el Parque complex on the main road to Manuel Antonio.
Karolas restaurant located in Los Altos serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a beautiful setting overlooking the Pacific. Their child-friendly, adult-sophisticated menu presents a flavorful combination of comidas tipicas (local meals) and an eclectic range of tropical inspired dishes and drinks. Serving steak, seafood, salads and other exotic dishes. Poolside happy hours from 4:30 to 6:30pm
If you are looking for a change from Costa Rican cuisine, Victoria’s Gourmet restaurant will provide you with delicious Italian food. Offering a warm and delicious dining experience, Victoria’s will satisfy all of your Italian cravings.
Kapi Kapi offers true fine dining in Manuel Antonio with Seafood Cigars, Thai lettuce wraps for starters and Fire Roasted Red Snapper, Sugar Cane Skewered Prawns, Lobster Ravioli as entrees just to name a few. Excellent wines, coffees, and deserts in an exquisite setting. Open daily 4-10pm.
Cantina Salsipuedes across the street from BCR Bank in MA is a well known local hangout and offers a variety of Tapas plus a great ocean view.
One of the oldest restaurants in Manuel Antonio, Barba Roja has fabulous view of ocean and a great open air atmosphere and offers nachos, fresh seafood, juicy tenderloin steaks, BBQ ribs and 2 for 1 hamburguers on Tuesdays!
Cafe Milagro not only offers fresh, delicious gourmet coffee, but also delicious dishes that consist of Central American and Costa Rican cuisine. This restaurant has your meals covered from sunrise to sunset. Enjoy crisp salads, fish tacos and grilled sandwiches for lunch. And when the sun goes down, kick back with cool cocktails, local craft beers, live music and exotic Costa Rican flavors. 7:00am-10:00pm
Falafel Bar is the perfect place to go for a healthy, fresh, and tasty meal. Enjoy a taste of Mediterranean food while your taste buds take a break from Costa Rican cuisine. Just your falafel and add your ideal toppings. The Falafel Bar is a budget friendly, vegetarian friendly, cute, and cozy restaurant that offers salads, fries, pita, falafel (of course), hummus, and homemade tahini cookies. Enjoy this calm atmosphere and wonderful cuisine off the main road in front of Cafe Milagro. Open from 10:30am – 9:30pm.
Emilio’s Cafe is the hot spot for the best coffee and desserts in town. Enjoy fresh baked croissants, bagels, ciabatta, pita sandwiches, and much more made with all natural ingredients. The restaurant is decorated in an adorable fashion with a breath taking panoramic view. It’s healthy, it’s affordable, and it’s delicious. Providing you with entrees for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on a limited, yet delicious menu. While indulging yourself in the delicious entrees enjoy surprise Jazz music, Belly Dancing, or Flamingo Dancing. 6:00am-8:30am
Enjoy an exquisite breakfast, lunch, or dinner at El Mirador at Arenas del Mar Hotel. Overlooking Espadilla Beach and the beautiful pacific ocean. Serving locally caught seafood including lobster and a variety of fish, El Mirador will be be able to satisfy your taste buds with their assortment of many dishes. Enjoy a Spice Crusted Pacific Yellow Fin Tuna paired with a Guaro Mojito. Take pleasure in this incredible view while indulging yourself in one of Manuel Antonio’s finest restaurants.
Claro Que Si at the Si Como No Hotel only serves the best seafood in Manuel Antonio. It offers fresh Costa Rican seafood in a spectacular setting overlooking the tropical forest and Pacific coastline. Think upscale dining with a wine bar menu in a casual setting, incorporating fresh tropical ingredients from local recipes to create a unique culinary experience. After dinner, be sure to catch a complimentary movie in our private THX theater.Finish your meal with a delicious cappuccino
The Falls Garden Café is a warm and inviting restaurant with an eclectic chef designed menu highlighting the best of Costa Rica’s fresh seafood, meats, vegetables, and more. The fusion style cuisine has rapidly garnered a following from discerning locals and discriminate travelers from around the globe. The Falls uses the freshest ingredients and the freshest fish caught by the local fisherman.
El Avion restaurant is most famous for the signature Fairchild C-123 airplane brought from the Nicaraguan Army and converted into a Bar as well as the beautiful ocean and rainforest views. El Avión has a sensational menu with typical Costa Rican fare and a very unique setting.
Voted to have the best pizza in Manuel Antonio and Quepos, El Wagon provides a lush jungle ambiance with a punch of color from the wild mosaic tiled floor featuring larger-than-life exotic animals. Hang out and fill up on fast and tasty food such as: Hebrew National hot dogs, wood fired pizza and the best 100% beef burgers in town!
Raphael´s Terraza Raphael’s Terrazas is located on a cliff overlooking the shimmering Pacific Ocean & world famous Manuel Antonio Beach. A full service restaurant, Raphael’s Terrazas is renowned for their whole red snapper & the freshest seafood. Raphael’s Terrazas offers a full dinner menu with choices from pasta to steaks as well as a great lunch menu. The friendly, professional staff can also accommodate large groups for private events such as wedding receptions. 11:00am-10:30pm
El Gato Negro poolside dining and Meditteranean options make this a great spot for Happy Hour! Located atop the Hotel Casitas Eclipse across from El Avion.
On the beach you will find some great option for snacks, happy hour, or meals. Try Marlin’s Restaurant with great fish and seafood, plus awesome cocktails and a great happy hour. Perfect for people watching!
Balu’s on the beach is the only restaurant which offers dining in the sand and has a traditional Costa Rican menu with cheap cervezas in a natural setting.
The Official Quepos Pub Crawl
The X-games of drinking take place day and night in a smattering of downtown bars, which also offer an assortment of dining options as well as the perfect stage for a pub crawl. The most practical starting point for a pub crawl is Dos Locos, because the open-air bar’s vivid green and yellow colors make it easy for everyone to find. After a beer or Guaro Sour, you can turn left and hit up Sargento Garcia’s, a local watering hole and lively atmosphere. Across from the Quepos waterfront is El Gran Escape with a tasty selection of cocktails and beers. Once the sunsets, make sure to visit Republik or the Disco for dancing the night away.
In Quepos …
For a real dive bar experience check out Pescadores or Wacky Wandas across from Kamuk. All the local fisherman hang out here and they have nice cold beers!
Bahia Azul is another local’s haunt with outdoor oceanfront seating and views of the Quepos marina and fishing village. Great for the sunset and experiencing local Costa Rican culture!
Bar & Casino Kamuk located on the corner and across from the Quepos waterfront has a casino and is a great place to try your luck!
Sargento Garcia’s is the place to watch sporting events and offers a wide variety of drinks and good greasy bar food! Located just down from Dos Locos on the corner.
Republik night club is the most prestigious discotheque in Quepos, Costa Rica. With a modern and retro style in a tropical environment, Republik is sure to appeal to the most demanding clientele. Located across from the waterfront in Quepos, Republik is open Tuesday through Saturdays. VIP table available.
Arco Iris is the late late night destination for night owls who wish to experience a true Latin American nightclub. Located across the bridge outside of Quepos, Arco Iris has food, dancing, and outdoor areas.
In Manuel Antonio…
Bambu Jam is the place to be on Tuesdays and Fridays with live music and dancing. Located on the main road to Manuel Antonio.
Byblos Billfish Sports Bar and Grill has ladies nights on Mondays and Reggae nights on Saturdays. Also offers a small casino and pool tables!
Mar Luna on the main road to Manuel Antonio is a seafood restaurant and locals hangout and offers a late night Happy Hour starting around 10pm.
Zion Discotheque is open after 11 pm and play different music on different days including reggae night, electronic music, etc.