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Las Catalinas is a new beach town on the “Gold Coast” of Costa Rica in Guanacaste. Las Catalinas is focused on encouraging and creating a healthy, sustainable, fun, and fulfilling way of life — and one of the best ways to do that is with fabulous restaurants!
If you are planning to stay in Las Catalinas during your trip to Costa Rica, take advantage of the opportunity to visit these fantastic Las Catalinas restaurants.
Best Restaurants & Bars in Las Catalinas
Papagayo Brewing Co.
Papagayo Brewing Co. is one of the best craft breweries in Costa Rica. The Papagayo Brew House, located in the town square of Las Catalinas, serves craft beers, delicious cocktails, and tasty bites right on the beach at Playa Danta. Some of their most popular beers include the Beach Lager, Tropical IPA, Offshore Ale, and Passion Fruit Ale.
Limonada is an upbeat, casual eatery just footsteps away from the beach in Paseo del Mar. They serve seasonal food prepared with local ingredients for lunch and dinner.
On the menu, you will find items like salads, wraps, burgers, seafood, and meat. With plenty of fun activities, like children’s games, hammocks, and live music, the atmosphere at this restaurant is just as spectacular as the food!
Ponciana is the signature restaurant in the Santarena Hotel, inspired by Mediterranean cuisine. On this breakfast menu, find items like Cardamom French Toast and Poached Eggs & Salmon Tostadas. For lunch and dinner, you can enjoy starters, salads, pizza, pasta, and main dishes with delicious meat and seafood in the dining room.
Ponciana also offers a wide selection of drinks — from coffee and smoothies for breakfast to cocktails and beer for dinner.
La Taquería at Beach Club
La Taquería at Beach Club is a casual eatery that offers bites by the pool and light meals in the restaurant for lunch. They primarily serve fresh, healthy, flavorful, and colorful meals, including appetizers, tacos, ceviches, and salads.
You can enjoy fruit juices, tropical cocktails, and craft beers at the bar. With the spacious pool and tropical menu — this dining experience feels perfect for vacation!
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Cuatro Calle la Ronda
If you’re looking for a quick coffee, breakfast, or lunch while you’re on the go, Cuatro Calle la Ronda is the perfect restaurant for you. This charming bakery and cafe in Santarena Hotel offers a selection of juices, smoothies, teas, coffees, baked goods, and breads.
Ponciana Bar Bocas
Ponciana Bar Bocas is the newest restaurant concept in Santarena Hotel. They offer a limited menu of small bites inspired by Mediterranean cuisine, including Olives with Gorgonzola, Chilled Shrimp, Tuna Bruschetta, and Charcuterie Boards.
This restaurant is open from 12 PM to 9 PM, so it is a fabulous spot for a light lunch, dinner, or snack before spending the day (or evening) at the beach.
Sentido Norte is a stunning open-air restaurant and bar that offers spectacular views of the coast — especially during sunset. This restaurant is the perfect location for a romantic dinner and requires a casual elegant dress code for enjoying a meal al fresco.
Sentido Norte serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and drinks in their dining room. They offer the perfect blend of traditional Costa Rican fare with American favorites. For example, their breakfast menu offers a “Tico Breakfast” and “Gringo Breakfast.” For dinner, you will find a farm-to-table (or sea-to-table) menu that is fresh and delicious, featuring salads, ceviches, seafood, and slow-cooked meats.
Sentido Norte also serves drinks to pair with your delicious food, including signature cocktails, beer, wine, and even creative “mocktails” This popular open-air restaurant is located in the Casa Chameleon Hotel at Las Catalinas.
Copper & Stone
Copper & Stone is the perfect place to pick up baked goods, locally-roasted coffee, and light meals, like sandwiches and salads. They also serve smoothies, protein shakes, and wine by the glass, so whether you need an extra boost of energy before hitting the trails or want to “wine” down on the terrace — Copper & Stone is the perfect place to stop for a quick bite.
Pots & Bowls
Pots & Bowls is a small eatery in Plaza del Mercado that is focused on offering guests healthy, delicious, and simple food that can be enjoyed in the trendy indoor dining room or al fresco. They offer a diverse menu to accommodate a wide range of dietary restrictions and focus on serving homemade meals made from ingredients from local Costa Rican vendors.
Pascual is a chic restaurant and bar serving Spanish cuisine in Plaza Mercado. On the menu, you will find tapas and other delicious items, like Croquetas, Paella, and Gazpacho. They also serve delicious desserts, creative craft cocktails, wine, and beer.
If you love the cocktails at Pascual so much that you would love to learn to make them yourself, the restaurant offers mixology classes every Friday!
Coquelicot is an ice cream shop serving artisanal ice creams with flavors like Spiced Chocolate, Orange & Cardamom, and Rose & Pistachio. They also serve delicious Belgian waffles (and, of course, waffle cones) that make the perfect dessert or complement to your ice cream.
Find the Perfect Place to Stay in Las Catalinas
As you can see, Las Catalinas offers some fabulous dining experiences to try during your trip, but there are also plenty of other things to do — from shopping and snorkeling to hiking and beach hopping — to keep you busy for your entire trip!If you are looking for the best place to stay in Las Catalinas during your trip to Costa Rica, we encourage you to browse our beautiful, spacious rentals in Las Catalinas that are near all the best cocktail bars, restaurants, and eateries in this beautiful community.