Golfito Food Guide: 9 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Golfito

October 14, 2017 Harland Bartelt

The port town of Golfito (literally 'little gulf') is located in Puntarenas Province on the southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, near the border of Panama. The town lies on a narrow strip of land between the eponymous bay and a hill and consist of two parts, the town proper and shopping area to the south, and a residential area near the port. Still further north are the duty-free zone and an airstrip.
Things to do in Golfito

1. Mar y Luna Golfito

Road 14, Golfito 60701, Costa Rica Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Seafood, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +506 2775 0192
Excellent
50%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 114 reviews

Mar y Luna Golfito

Reviewed By PGIT - New Hyde Park, New York

Very good restaurant on the coast. The food was very good and the portions ample. The staff were friendly and the facilities clean.

2. Banana Bay Marina Restaurant

Km 2, Casa Amarilla, Golfito 60701, Costa Rica Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Seafood, Contemporary, Pub, South American, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$39 - HK$196 +506 2775 0255
Excellent
41%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 93 reviews

Banana Bay Marina Restaurant

Reviewed By Frederic3030 - Appling, Georgia

As usual, our group was served a delicious lunch. Everybody seemed to have something different from their famous hamburgers to fried fish to ceviche to nachos, and everyone was thoroughly pleased.
The atmosphere is beautiful, and the chairs are very comfortable, something not always encountered n CR restaurants.
Highly recommend in Golfito.
You can legally park alongside the street in town; it's sort of a Golfito tradition. Just don't totally block the sidewalk.

3. Restaurante Samoa Del Sur

Carretera Principal | Hotel Samoa Del Sur, Golfito 60701, Costa Rica Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover French, Seafood, Costa Rican Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner +506 2775 0233
Excellent
47%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
4%
Terrible
18%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 22 reviews

Restaurante Samoa Del Sur

Reviewed By Frederic3030 - Appling, Georgia

Hate to say it, but my restaurant dinner was the worst I have ever had in Costa Rica in seven years. My calamaris were cremated, not lightly fried. Another companion ordered a medium rare filet which arrived a cold and bloody rare. Upon a quick re-do, steak returned well (!) done, obviously a product of microwave zapping.
The breakfast on the other hand was basic tico style, but wholesome and tasty. A nice touch was their serving a pitcher of heated milk with your coffee.

4. Restaurante Playa Cacao

Playa Cacao, Golfito 60701, Costa Rica HK$78 - HK$392 +506 8886 8362
Excellent
51%
Good
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Satisfactory
33%
Poor
0%
Terrible
16%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 6 reviews

Restaurante Playa Cacao

Reviewed By CYR D

Un endroit agreable, acces wifi gratuit, service rapide, cuisine typique, des prix corrects. accessible gratuitement via Orlando ( pilote de barque )vous trouverez son numero dans les arrets de bus de Golfito.)

5. Restaurante Playa Cacao

Playa Cacao, Golfito 60701, Costa Rica, Golfito 60701, Costa Rica HK$78 - HK$392 +506 8886 8362
Excellent
28%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
14%
Terrible
14%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 7 reviews

Restaurante Playa Cacao

Reviewed By Banagirl G - Colorado Springs, Colorado

Sailed in and did a water landing to have a late lunch. The grounds include cabins for rent and next to Golfito Wildlife Refuge. They offer a great variety of options but opted for the grilled fish and plantains. Both were made fresh to order. Others in my party ordered arroz con pollo / shrimp. Everything tasted amazing. Their portions are large so you won't go away hungry. Don't look for a quick turnaround time, it took some time to prepare. Take the time to enjoy an ice cold beer and stroll the beach while waiting to eat. The people working the restaurant are very friendly. Would definitely go back.

6. Coconut Cafe

Metros Norte del Banco Nacional 100 | Sobre Calle Principal Mano Izquierda, Golfito 60701, Costa Rica +506 2775 0104

we create this business in order to share the coffee culture with our community and clients. we use an excellent quality Costa Rican coffee and strive to offer the best customer service at affordable prices. Costumer Comford provided

7. Restaurante Buenos Dias

Frente al Servicentro Pacifico Sur Golfito, Golfito 60701, Costa Rica Eastern European, South American, Armenian, Costa Rican +506 2775 1124
Excellent
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Good
100%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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4 based on 1 reviews

Restaurante Buenos Dias

Reviewed By EatSantaBarbarian

Used this restaurant as a landmark in Google Maps for where the water taxi was located in Golfito. It is slightly right as you walk off the pier from the water taxi. The water taxi doesn't show on Google Maps (yet). Somebody drop a pin!
Anyway, the have A/C, clean bathrooms and take credit cards which is nice. The breakfasts were good and the service friendly. The batidos (fruit smoothies) were good and huge.

8. Paka Paka Beach Bar

Golfito Marina Village & Resort | Del muelle comercial 150m Norte,, Golfito 60701, Costa Rica Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards American, Seafood, International, Mediterranean, Central American Late Night, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner +506 8575 3000
Excellent
80%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 5 reviews

Paka Paka Beach Bar

Paka Paka Beach Bar!! Hang out on the beach at the new Tropical Bar on the Sand at Golfito Marina Village. You'll love the casual atmosphere of our converted container bar while you enjoy the music, beach, beautiful sunsets, delicious meals and signature cocktails! We accept US Dollars and Costa Rica Colones.

Reviewed By TropicalOutside - George Town, Cayman Islands

The area is a fantastic location perfect for walking & family‘s or business with growing opportunities. A excellent quality place to eat with friendly staff and excellent food. our group tried a dozen different things from the menu and everything is consistently delicious. Great selection of local and international beer is priced low.

9. La Playa Beachfront Restaurant Bar & Grill

Golfito Marina Village & Resort | Del muelle comercial 150 m Norte, Golfito 60701, Costa Rica Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards American, Pizza, Seafood, International, Mediterranean Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks HK$39 - HK$314 +506 2775 3100
La Playa Beachfront Restaurant Bar & Grill

La Playa Beachfront Restaurant Bar & Grill offers breathtaking views of the Golfo Dulce and Pacific Ocean, complemented by our fresh, internationally-inspired cuisine. A local favorite is our wood-oven pizzas! Sample one of our cold beers on tap or let our talented bartenders mix your favorite drink or a specialty cocktail.

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