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Where We Ate: Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Costa Rica was filled with SO much delicious food. Do you like fresh fish? Local fruits? Freshly baked bread? It’s all there. Fresh is absolutely the name of the game when it comes to food in Tamarindo, Costa Rica.

We ate out each day for breakfast and dinner, but made sandwiches and salads at the condo since we were primarily focused on spending time at the beach. Here are some of the places we ate during our week long stay in paradise. 

Cala Moresca (dinner)
We went here for dinner our first night, and to watch the sunset most nights. The bar is really beautiful, and the food was good. You can eat dinner out by the pool. 

Langosta Beach Club (dinner)
This was the “fancy” dinner we went to for Matt’s birthday. At another hotel (like Cala Moresca) and out by the pool. There was live music, which was so enjoyable! 

La Princesa Cafe (breakfast or lunch)
A favorite of our trip. All of the bread is baked fresh, and they make delicious breakfast sandwiches and avocado toast. We even bought a fresh loaf of bread to take back to the condo for lunches and I’m so glad we did, because it was so tasty!

Fruit Stand on the side of the road (mornings)
Shocking, there’s no website or trip advisor page for this – but trust me when I tell you – if you see a fruit stand selling fresh juice and coconuts, STOP and buy one! So fresh and delicious!

Longboards (lunch, dinner, or drinks)
We stopped here for a beer one night before dinner. Very casual, sports bar-esque. Definitely pop in here if you’re looking to watch American sports!

Bamboo Sushi Club (lunch or dinner)
Some of the best sushi I’ve ever had! The fish they served was incredibly fresh, and the prices were amazing. Matt ordered the Tuna Steak special, which came with 2 large sides, and it was $12 USD. $12!!!!!! Definitely stop here if you like sushi or asian fusion.

NORDICO (breakfast or lunch)
Our favorite place in Tamarindo! They are open for breakfast and lunch, and we ate here 5 mornings for breakfast. We got coffee here every day that they were open (they’re closed on Sunday). I can’t stress how delicious their Acai bowl is, especially with the 90*, humid days! And their iced coffee cannot be beat. We brought 2 bags of coffee home, and my only regret is not buying more. Their other food is also delicious, healthy, and fresh. 

The Shrimp Hole (lunch or dinner)
I loved the Shrimp Hole! It’s literally a hut on the side of the road… but the size of this restaurant should not be counted against it, because the flavors were BIG! One of my favorite dinners.

Santa Rita Cafe (breakfast or lunch)
This restaurant was recommended to us for breakfast, and it was very tasty! I personally prefer Nordico for coffee, but their food was absolutely delicious. 

The Falafel Bar (lunch or dinner)
We love falafel, so the Falafel Bar was an easy choice for us! All of the sauces were home made and everything was delicious. 

Places I forgot to take pictures:
Dragonfly Bar & Grill (dinner or drinks)
Dragonfly had amazing, fresh seafood & AWESOME cocktails. One of my favorite drinks in town.

El Sapo Pizza  (lunch, dinner, drinks)
We actually ate at El Sapo twice because it was the closest casual restaurant to our condo (we were staying in Playa Langosta, which is about a 15 min. walk/3 min. drive from “downtown” Tamarindo). BUT the pizza was great. They have a ton of different combos and a lot of veggie options, which was great for me! 

You’ll notice I use the words homemade, delicious, and fresh over and over — because that perfectly describes food in Tamarindo! Every piece of bread we ate was homemade. All the fish and fruit were seasonal and local. My favorite way to eat!

There’s no shortage of good food in Tamarindo! Enjoy eating your way around town.