Malpais & Santa Teresa

Costa Rica

Restaurants and Bars

Here you find the full list of bars and restaurants in Santa Teresa and Mal Pais as they were open in January 2016. In total there are 86 different places to visit. So if you try out one each day you need almost 3 months to sample all restaurants and bars in our coastal area! 

The following list is ordered by location: from south to north, starting in Mal Pais, near Cabo Blanco:

Restaurants in Mal Pais
Mary's Restaurant Casual Fine Dining Street Evening $$$
Indigo Restaurant International Fare Patio Evening $$
Papaya Restaurant International Fare Oceanview Evening $$$
Caracolas Restaurant Costa Rican Beachfront All day $$
Vista de Olas Restaurant BBQ Specialties Oceanview Evening $$$
Surf Camp Restaurant /Bar American-style Patio All Day $$
The Place Restaurant /Bar BBQ Patio Evening $$
Ritmo Tropical Restaurant Italian Street Evening $$

Santa Teresa restaurants listed south to north, starting on Playa Carmen:

Santa Teresa Restaurants: Playa Carmen
Playa Carmen Restaurant Italian Beachfront All Day $$$
Frank's Place Restaurant Costa Rican Patio All Day $$
Las Olas Restaurant /Bar Seafood Patio Evening $$
El Principe Bar Lounge Patio Evening $$
Chop it Snacks Salads and Snacks  Patio Day $$
Product © Bistro Fish Market and Lunch Patio Day $$
Nativo Bar Sports Bar and Snacks Street Evening $$
The Bakery Bistro Belgian Bakery Street Day $$$
Pure Restaurant Fine Dining Street Evening $$
Dora Bistro Italian  Street Day $$
Las Piedras Restaurant Argentinian BBQ Street Evening $$
Tacos Snacks Mexican Snacks Street Evening $
Coral Blanco Soda (what's that?) Costa Rican /Seafood Street All Day $
Kasava Bistro Gourmet Snacks Street All Day $$$
Anjen Bar /Soda Costa Rican Snacks Street All Day $
Soda Amistad Soda Costa Rican Street All Day $
Petit Copain Snacks Snacks Street All Day $$
Fogón Soda Costa Rican Street All Day $
Umi Sushi Bistro Japanese Street All Day $$
Amici Restaurant Italian Fine Dining Street All Day $$$
Horizon Restaurant Vegetarian Tea House Oceanview Day $$
Brisas del Mar Restaurant Casual Fine Dining Oceanview Evening $$
Katuna Restaurant Asian Cuisine Street Evening $$
Mafra's Bakery Italian Bakery Street Day $$
Zula Inn Restaurant East Mediterranean Street All day $
Shambala Restaurant Casual Fine Dining Beachfront All Day $$$
Banana Beach Lounge Beach Bar Beachfront All Day $$$
Tap House Bar Bar Street Evening $$
Habanero Restaurant Mexican Fine Dining Beachfront Evening $$$
Red Snapper Restaurant Seafood Patio Evening $$
Sandwitcheria Bistro East Mediterranean Street All Day $$
Casa del Mar Restaurant Italian, also BBQ Street Evening $$
La Yunta Soda Costa Rican Street All Day $
Ranchos Itauna Lounge Beach Lounge Beachfront Evening $$$
Almendra Bistro Coffee and Sweets Street Day $$
Tsunami Restaurant Soda Street All Day $
Disfrutalo Bistro Breakfast and Snacks Street Evening $$$

Santa Teresa restaurants from the soccer field to Playa Hermosa:

Santa Teresa Restaurants: Playa Santa Teresa
Pollos Gustazo Soda Costa Rican Snacks Street All Day $
Chicken Joe's Rotisserie Specialty Chicken BBQ Street All day $$
Pita Snacks East Mediterranean Street All day $$
Chivo y la Gata Restaurant Italian  Street All day $$
Burger Rancho Restaurant East Mediterranean Street All day $$
Pizza Tomate Restaurant Italian Street All day $
Don Jon's Restaurant International Fare Street All day $
Funky Monkey Restaurant Sushi and Snacks Patio Evening $$
Zwart Cafe Bistro Café, Lunch and Arts Street Day $$$
Pura Vida Soda Costa Rican Street All Day $
Maracuja Bistro Juice Bar Street Day $$
Olam Bistro Health Food Patio Day $$
Gumbo Limbo Restaurant Italian Ocean View Evening $$
Otro Lado Restaurant Italian Patio Evening $$
Pronto Bistro Italian Patio Day $$
French Bakery Café French Patisserie Patio Day $$
El Bosque Soda Costa Rican Street All day $
Lo del Che Bakery Italian Bakery Street Day $
Ginger Cafe Restaurant Breakfast and Lunch Street Day $
Alma Restaurant Fine Dining and Sushi Patio Evening $$$
Kika Restaurant /Bar Argentinian /Live Music Street Evening $$
La Lora Amarilla Disco /Bar Live Music and Parties Street Evening $
El Pulpo Restaurant Italian Patio Day $$
Contraste Sabor Soda Costa Rican Street All day $
Tiquicia Soda Costa Rican Street Day $
Al Chile Viola Restaurant Casual Fine Dining Street Evening $$$
Roca Mar Lounge Beach Lounge Beachfront All day $$$
Milarepa Restaurant French Cuisine Beachfront Evening $$$
Flor Blanca Restaurant Fine Dining Beachfront All day $$$
Makana's Restaurant International Fare Street Evening $$
Tapas Restaurant Spanish Ocean View All day $$
Pranamar Restaurant Health Cuisine Beach All day $$
Koji Restaurant Japanese Street Evening $$$
Couleur Bistro Coffee and Snacks  Street Day $$

Manzanillo is located north of Santa Teresa:

Restaurants in Manzanillo
Atardecer Dorado Restaurant Costa Rica Beach All Day $$
Dayka Restaurant Costa Rica Street All Day $$

A soda is a small, simple Costa Rican restaurant, serving typical local dishes. The best deal is normally the "Casado" which includes rice, beans, salad and a serving of fish or meat.