The food in Jaco has been capturing the hearts and taste buds of visitors for ages. With coconuts and cacao dripping from the trees along the Caribbean coast, it is of no surprise that Costa Rica is such a happy, peaceful place. In between ziplining, horseback riding and splashing in waterfalls, you will eventually need to make time for a good meal. Read below to check out our favorite restaurants in Jaco.
The locals in Jaco were thrilled to see Green Room Cafe make the move from Hermosa and open up in the center of Jaco Beach. A popular area for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Green Room Cafe prides themselves on their organic and fresh ingredients. This restaurant features great local music and art as well as delicious food. Placed right in the center of town, the Green Room features live music every evening.
If you are looking for a filling meal, you can’t go wrong with Graffiti. This restaurant is a top 5 choice on any local’s list. They are known for seafood and steak with a bit of a cajun twist. In particular, you will love Danny’s coffee crusted filet mignon, among the many tasty menu items. It also has a terrific wine list. We suggest making reservations in advance.
Lemonzest is a longtime favorite in Jaco Beach and never disappoints. Chef Richard Lemon brings years of classic techniques, experience, modern presentations and amazing flavor combinations using the freshest local ingredients.
Ohana Sushi Tapas Bar is a newer, open air restaurant that is open for lunch and dinner. This casual, smaller-size restaurant features some amazing veggie rolls and sushi, along with superb salads.
Los Amigos is located right in the center of Jaco. This restaurant and bar is open for lunch and dinner. We highly recommend it for all occasions.
If you like discovering local, hidden gems, this is as good as it gets. This restaurant is a true hole-in-the-wall and the food is one of the most popular places to eat in Jaco. The owners cook all meals fresh everyday. In fact, there is no standard menu. Each day there are only two delicious choices for lunch. Although this restaurant is very small, Chinita and her husband bend over backwards to make customers feel at home. Homemade fish and pasta are typically the lunch of choice. Breakfast is also available in the morning. The standard meal price is only six dollars.
Soda Jaco Rustico
Soda Jaco Rustico is similar to an American diner, offering affordable meals for only four to six dollars. It is one of the most popular casual restaurants in Jaco and located in the center of town just off the main drag next to Hicaco. This restaurant serves meals cafeteria-style so you can choose your sides as you wish.
Many locals refer to this restaurant as Leandro’s. It is a local bakery and cafe ideal for breakfast or enjoying a coffee and pastry. Get your fix of amazing croissants, crepes, bagels and much more. Located at the northern end of town, Panaderia Artesanal continually ranks as one of Jaco’s most desired spots to eat.
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