Food for the Soul: Eating Out

As important as a good night sleep is a good meal. Ojochal, Uvita, Dominical and its surroundings are known not only for their culinary diversity but most important for their dining experiences. Here begins the list of some of our favorites…

Eating Out... Options for all


  • Type of food: French, international, European, Thai, fusion, Vietnamese, Polynesian
  • What to expect: serene and private ambiance; it’s a great place to toast to a special occasion
  • Best time to go: early evening so you can take your time and enjoy your meal
  • Tips: given its popularity it’s best to make reservations, even during low season.


  • Open: Monday – Saturday; 5:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Phone: (506) 2786-5050
  • Waze: Exotica, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
  • Distance from Yabá Chiguí Lodge: 2 km, 5 - 10 min drive


  • Type of food: Italian, paninis, pizza, carpaccio and pasta
  • Dishes not to miss: pizza without a doubt
  • What to expect: Very casual and informal ambiance, family run business
  • Best time to go: they are open for lunch on certain days, but during dinner it is cooler
  • Tips: they only accept cash. They also offer take-out in case you wish to stay in.


Restaurante Los Manglares

  • Type of food: Costa Rican, mainly seafood
  • Dishes not to miss:ceviche” in any of their presentations, “patacones” with beans and whole fried fish
  • What to expect: 100% Costa Rican atmosphere… meaning pretty casual, simple and laidback
  • Best time to go: it has a great view of the Terraba River rivermouth, so mid to late afternoons are great for sunsets and with luck you can hear/see toucans sing nearby.  Insect repellent for dusk bugs is recommended
  • Tips: they prepare everything on the moment, so it takes a while…  make sure you have enough time to enjoy the view and your conversation