Pure Luxury’s 9 Best Restaurants in Tamarindo

From fine dining to local favorites, there are now many great restaurants in Tamarindo. With so many to choose from within this small tropical beach town, we provided a list worthy of a Pure Luxury recommendation.

Dragonfly Bar and Grill

In the mood for some amazingly fresh California Asian Fusion with a Tico twist, and some live music too? Be sure to check out Dragonfly Bar and Grill. A little hard to find (yet easy if you know where to look), this rustic chic open-air restaurant serves extraordinary dishes curated by Chef Giovanny Campos. From delicious tempura shrimp rolls with avocado to Asian cashew salads to fiery Thai beef and Tuna so fresh it melts in your mouth. Dragonfly also offers exotic cocktails, try a blackberry mojito, choose from a good wine list and great dessert menu. At Dragonfly you’ll enjoy a relaxing and memorable dining experience in Tamarindo.

Signature dishes: Dragonfly Refresher, Tuna Tartare, Grilled Filet Mignon, Red Curry, Buddha Bowl

Hours: 5:30-10 p.m.

Contact: 506 2653 1506

Price: $$$

Pangas Beach Club

Pangas Beach Club is truly the epitome of tropical beachfront dining–where timeless elegance meets oceanfront casual. Fresh gourmet dishes and pumping surf breaks are right at your fingertips. Located directly on the sand of north Tamarindo beach, Pangas is a sophisticated beach club by day and a relaxed gourmet restaurant and bar by night. Whether grabbing an afternoon beer or refreshing blended fruit cocktail after shredding the waves or enjoying a candlelit dinner in the dining room, Pangas has something for everyone. The restaurant chefs use the area’s freshest seafood with all-natural and local ingredients to guarantee satisfaction in very bite.

Signature dishes: Pangas Surf and Turf, Lobster Risotto, Curry and Coconut Mussels, Tuna Tower

Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Contact: 506 2653 0024

Price: $$$–$$$$

Wok n Roll

Fresh, healthy and delicious! Wok n Roll delivers authentic Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine with a contemporary twist, right in the center of downtown Tamarindo. Wok n Roll offers quality sushi and asian dishes prepared by expert chefs.

Signature dishes: Succulent Raw Oysters, Pad Thai, Spicy Dragon Roll, Stir Fry

Hours: 12-10 p.m.

Contact: 506 2653 0156

Price: $$

Patagonia Argentinian Grill & Restaurant

Feeling like a quality meat dinner with a hint of sparky latin flavors? Enjoy a mouth-watering meal with fantastic service at Patagonia Argentinian Grill & Restaurant located conveniently across from Tamarindo Beach. Patagonia serves outstanding steak and meat dishes as well as seafood and vegetarian options.

Signature dishes: Stuffed Eggplant and Zucchini Rolls, Ribs, Seafood Pasta

Hours: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Contact: 506 2653 0612

Price: $$-$$$

El Coconut

Ready to wine and dine? Discover casual fine dining at its best at El Coconut. The setting just as well could be in Upper Manhattan or Downtown LA, but with the roaring surf and beach town vibe as its backdrop makes it just so much more unique in character. Where else in Costa Rica would you find a temperate wine cellar of almost 1000 bottles? El Coconut offers a high-quality wine selection, from the easy drinking Latin American table wines to finer selections such as Châteauneuf du Pape, Penfold 389 and many more. El Coconut takes pride in their amazing seafood dishes. The Surf and Turf is big enough to satisfy the hungriest surfer.

Signature dishes: Sautéed Shrimps with Avocado, Lobster Seasoned with Pineapple, Raisins and Ginger

Hours: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Contact: 506 2653 0086

Prices: $$$

El Barco Restaurant at Capitán Suizo

Situated directly on the beach, El Barco effortlessly combines romantic and tranquil beachfront dining. Choose to dine for a buffet breakfast or for an a la carte lunch and dinner with a delicious mixed cuisine of international dishes and classic Costa Rican eats prepared by chef Jujo Molina. Enjoy a candlelight dinner under the stars with the views of the endless horizon and the soothing sounds of the waves. Every Monday and Wednesday dinner is accompanied by live Marimba music. El Barco offers relaxed and peaceful dining surrounded by Costa Rica’s nature.

Signature dishes: Ceviche, Tacos with Pineapple Pico de Gallo, Ensalada de Atún, Mahi Mahi, Homemade Tortellini

Hours: 11 a.m.- 10 p.m.

Contact: 506 2653 0075

Price: $$- $$$

Sabanero Steak House (JW Marriott)

Save a night for some homemade bread, juicy steaks, fresh seafood, top-notch service and a large assortment of wines at Sabanero Steak House. Just a short drive from downtown Tamarindo you will find yourself at the beachfront JW Marriott within the premier Hacienda Pinilla resort. Sabanero Steak House offers an elegant dining experience amidst refined hacienda-style décor. It is highly recommended to make a reservation before visiting Sabanero.

Signature dishes: NY Strip, Filet Mignon, Grilled Chicken, Caesar Salad

Hours: 5:30- 10 p.m.

Contact: 506 2681 2000

Price: $$$- $$$$

Cala Luna Restaurant & Bar

Dine under the shimmering Costa Rica moon at Cala Luna Restaurant & Bar. Emphasis on elegance and delicious creations is evident when dining at Cala Luna’s intimate poolside setting. Cala Luna’s menu is fully gourmet and organic, offering local and sustainable meal options. Relax poolside with a fresh, locally-sourced organic fruit cocktail or choose from Cala Luna’s long list of beers and wines. The lounge features a large, vaulted tiki roof shading numerous cushioned beds and couches dressed with colorful boho pillows.

Signature dishes: Lobster Risotto, Quinoa and Ahi Tuna Tartare Salad, Sea bass, Seafood Pasta, Ceviche, Tenderloin

6:45 – 9:30 a.m.

11:30 – 4:00 p.m.

6:00 – 9:45 p.m.

Contact: 506 2653 0214

Price: $$-$$$

Antichi Sapori Sicilian Cuisine

Craving some traditional Italian cuisine made by local Sicilian transplants? Antichi Sapori is the perfect spot to get your pizza and pasta fix! Oh, and don’t forget to try one of their incredible desserts and pastries. This hidden gem sits in Plaza Tamarindo and offers you various appetizers, carpaccio meat and fish, pasta, risotto, pizza, daily specials, vegan food and gluten free pizza and pasta accompanied by fine Italian wines.

Signature dishes: marlin carpaccio, pasta bolognese, gluten free pizza/pasta, bruschetta and cannolis

Hours: 5-10 p.m.

Contact: 506 8566 6596

Price: $$