Costa Rica Travel: Best Restaurants in Playa Jaco

May 25, 2015

For a small beach town in Costa Rica, Playa Jaco has many great restaurants. The town is filled with a variety of different restaurants including those that serve traditional Costa Rican cuisine, Seafood, Pizza, Italian, Asian, Sushi and even a few well known American fast food chains. Playa Jaco is a populated by locals, Ex-pats from all over the world and tourists as they Travel Costa Rica. With such a varied demographic, its no surprise there is such a difference in the restaurants and types of food available. Although we acknowlegde a few great places didnt make the list, those that made our list did for a variety of reasons which we did our best to explain.

Where to Eat While on Vacation in Costa Rica

Arigato-Do you want a sushi restaurant where the chefs are Asian? Do you want super fresh Sushi at great prices? Arigato has it all from Sushi Rolls, Sashimi, Sake and even Japanese beer. The owner, Rudy, has been known for many years as the best sushi chef in Jaco.  He is now behind the sushi counter every night making sure only the best fish ends up on your plate.  You will not find fresher or better tasting sushi in Jaco! Located next to Morpho Souvenir on the Main Street in Jaco. Open for dinner between 5-10pm

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Arigato Japanese Restaurant

Jaco Rustico-This is a casual cafeteria style restaurant serving typical Costa Rica meals. The restaurant is open for breakfast lunch and dinner and the food options change daily. For lunch and dinner, you will find many typical items such as rice beans, stewed chicken, beef in sauce, rice and shrimp along with both cooked and raw vegetable items. Just tell the girl what to put on your plate and get ready to fork over about $6 including a drink. Best Value in Jaco.

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Jaco Rustico

Los Amigos Restaurant-This Local Hot spot has been the busiest restaurant in Jaco for almost 10 years. They are well know for their Big Ass Smoothies, Burgers and huge Beer list both on Tap and bottled. The kitchen is open late every night and there is a DJ and Go-Go dancers Thursday-Saturday night. Los Amigos has both an air-conditioned dining area and bar and an outside dining area. With a ton of flat screen TV’s throughout the building this place is the go to spot for sports especially Soccer, NFL & UFC. Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week with the kitchen open late every night. And if all that isn’t enough, Los Amigos is well known for having the best looking waitresses in town…see for yourself!

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Los Amigos Restaurant

Pizza Pata-Sometimes, we just feel like eating Pizza….and Pizza Pata is making the best pies in town. The pizza is a thin crust oval pizza that is sold by the Meter. Get a 1/4 meter, a 1/2 meter or a full Meter for those sharing. Tons of fresh toppings (the Meat Lovers is awesome) and ready in less than 10 minutes. Delivery is available. Located on the Main Street in Jaco, 25 meters north of Los Amigos

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Pizza Pata

Hicaco Restaurant-This restuarant gets our vote for the most romantic restaurant in Jaco. Hicaco is one of the few beachfront restaurants in Jaco and specializes in seafood. Lobster, Shrimp, Tuna, Mahi…they have it all and its good. Candle lit Tables are located both on a large patio overlooking the beach and inside the restaurant. Some of the best trained wait staff in Jaco. Dont miss the all you can eat Lobster Fest every Wednesday night. Located right on the Beach at the end of Calle Hicaco.

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Restuarante Hicaco

Side Street Bisto-This restaurant has earned our vote for best new restaurant in Jaco. Side Street specializes in a gourmet spin on lunch sandwiches made with fresh ingredients and is also open for dinner. There is also a micro-brewery where they make their own beer. They frequently have music guests and DJ’s and also offer Yoga & All you can drink Mimosas on Sundays. Located on Calle Copacabana between Jaco Blu and Isaga.

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Side Street Bistro

Graffiti-This ecletic eatery is Side Street Bistro’s Big Brother. Both restaurants are owned by Americans Danny & Katie Clark. Graffiti describes its food as “Ghetto Gourmet” but we describe as freakin’ delicious. They serve everything from Gourmet burgers to their signature dish Coffee & Cocao Rubbed Beef Tenderloin. Attentive service, great wine list and some of the tastiest food in Jaco. Reservations suggested. They are located in Pacific Plaza next to KFC and opened for dinner 6 days a week at 5pm(Closed Sundays).

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Graffiti

Chinita Pacifica-Restaurant cooking doesn’t get much more homemade than the meals that the Owner,Erica, makes at her small restaurant. Pick from 2 daily lunch specials that usually include either a pasta dish and a fish or chicken dish. This place is usually full of locals licking their plates clean. Chinita Pacifica gets our vote for one of the best values with meals running about $6 each.  Open for breakfast and lunch. Take out and delivery is also available. Located on Calle Bohio next to I Love Sushi.

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Restaurante Chinita Pacifica

Lemon Zest-Arguably the best testing food in Jaco. This restaurant is owned by An American Couple with Chef Rich overseeing the kitchen and Nellie watching over the front of the house. They have unreal appetizers and salads. But save room for the main course and choose one of their daily specials or one of the popular menu items like Modena Chicken, Ahi Tuna or Lobster Francaise. Attentive & knowledgeable staff, great wine list and unreal food. Located on the 2nd floor of Plaza Jardin on the Main Street in Jaco. Open for dinner 7 nights a week.

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Owner & Chef Dick Lemon with his Wife Nellie and Son Richie in front of Lemon Zest

Green Room Cafe-Wake up at 11am…a little hung over and still want breakfast? Don’t worry, Green Room serves breakfast all day and its good! Our vote for the best Eggs Benedict in town. Open breakfast lunch and Dinner, this restaurant features fresh food with a gourmet flare and good variety of microbrews and coctails. Live music 3-4 nights a week and frequent art and locals markets. Tucked away off the Main Street at the corner of Calle Cocal across from Pops.

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Green Room Cafe

 

Cafe Del Mar-This open air eatery located right on main drag in Jaco is a perfect place to stop for a quick bite to eat or a coffee and some dessert. Large casados, tasty breakfasts and a great coffee are our favorites. And dont forget the tiramasu for desert. Cafe Del Mar is located directly across the street from the Park in Jaco. Our Vote for the best place to sit and people watch and the best place to get a coffee.

Cafedelmar

Go out and enjoy the food in Jaco when you vacation in Costa Rica. And dont forget to tell them that The Gurus sent you!

Costa Rica Gurus takes pride in being more than just a travel agency.  We are happy to provide free advice and help with reservation at all of the local restaurants, adventure tours and nightclubs.   Ready to book your Costa Rica Vacation? <– Click or call 954-495-9330!


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