Province of Cartago Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Province of Cartago

November 14, 2017 Concepcion Newsome

Discover the best restaurant in Province of Cartago, Costa Rica including Andiamo La, Casa Turire, Restaurante Rancho del Sapito, Restaurante La Casona Del Cafetal, Restaurante La Casona De Cartago, Restaurant Casa Jose, Mi Tierra, Bocadito Del Cielo, Backerei Cafe y Panaderia Suiza, Wok and Roll
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1. Andiamo La

Cartago, Costa Rica Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Highchairs Available Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner, Lunch, Late Night HK$78 - HK$118 272-1838
Excellent
60%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 134 reviews

Andiamo La

Reviewed By David M - Bristol, United Kingdom

This excellent restaurant has shown me that Italian restaurants can really push boundaries when they have access to different ingredients. For example the carpaccio di pulpo uses octopus in a way that you just wouldn't find in Europe. The giant green lipped mussels are incredible and of course fresh not frozen. The portobello mushroom with mozzarella was delicious. The mains were also excellent. I had the seafood tagliatelle. Again, perfection. Luckily the pudds kept up with the standard of the rest with an excellent cheesecake and probably the best Panacotta and tropical fruit I ever had

2. Casa Turire

South on 20km, Turrialba 30501, Costa Rica Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Central American, International, South American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner HK$8 5062531111
Excellent
66%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 81 reviews

Casa Turire

Reviewed By LinchyTica - Long Beach, California

Every dish is served as a piece of art. Flavory and intensively colorful, the ingredients are magically mix by the chef. Excellent service. We visited Turire after a long hiking trip to Guayabo Arqueological Park. It was a beautiful day. We missed the beautiful display of tropical flower arrangements in the lobby and notice Gardens and premises showed some lack of maintenance. We were not staying at the hotel but noticed pool and pool area -that are very small- were being used by day visitors.

3. Restaurante Rancho del Sapito

Coliblanco de Alvarado Carretera, Turrialba 30501, Costa Rica Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations Latin, Central American, Costa Rican Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +506 2534 1818
Excellent
36%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 158 reviews

Restaurante Rancho del Sapito

Reviewed By Gacho - Hollywood, Florida

I know CR like the back of my hand; I've traversed it's provinces for more than two decades. In that time, I have eaten at dozens of "restaurantes típicos" with authentic Costa Rican fare.
I have been to El Sapito on 3 occasions, always in large, family groups, so I have been able to try the majority of the menu's options and I can say, with the utmost confidence, that this place serves some of the best typical food in the country. In fact, I would place it in my top-3.
Here are some of my favorites: tortilla alineada (amazing), pozol, olla de carne, chorreada, ternerito con patacones, filet de trucha.
On our most recent visit, Estrella served us, skillfully and with a wonderful, positive energy.
The only negative issue is that as the central valley has gotten more populated, Cartago and Turrialba seem to get further away. CR needs to figure out how to resolve it's traffic issues.

4. Restaurante La Casona Del Cafetal

Cachi | 1.5 km al sur de la Represa de Cachi, Cartago 506, Costa Rica Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Buffet, Accepts Credit Cards Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$78 - HK$196 +506 2577 1414
Excellent
34%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 307 reviews

Restaurante La Casona Del Cafetal

Reviewed By WannaBeObjective - Switzerland

We were on a day tour with other tourists (about 16 people), and our tour operator had taken us for lunch at this establishment. It is indeed situated with a beautiful scenic breathtaking views.
It was however unfortunate that our dining experience didn’t match whatsoever with the views. We understand that we’re a big group to feed, but we ALL had to eat Casados and the chosen meat/fish option were taken a couple of hours prior to our arrival. The beef was the most tasteless we’ve had in Costa Rica, and so far the hardest/rubbery. The side dishes, dessert and juice were ok, but nothing to compliment on — we were all simply very hungry... Waiters were doing their job, but one felt unwelcomed, as if we were bothering them, despite our multiple gratitude for serving us.
We had a great day tour, and dining in this restaurant was the only negative bit. Perhaps it’s not a place for feeding tour groups?

5. Restaurante La Casona De Cartago

300 metros este del Puente Bailey, Cartago 1000 SJO, Costa Rica Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi American, Steakhouse Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night HK$78 - HK$196 +506 2553 2840
Excellent
41%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 142 reviews

Restaurante La Casona De Cartago

Reviewed By RnMReiter - Houston, Texas

Was a rainy day so they were not as busy, a good thing Ordered promptly No English menus but pictures include descriptions where you can figure out what is what Staff did know a little English Has Texas signs inside as decor? Order steaks and...MoreThank you so much for your comments. And thanks for the license plate, we received it. Greetings from Costa Rica.

6. Restaurant Casa Jose

Penas Blancas | de la represa de Cachí, 2 kilometros sur y 3 kilometros este., Cachi 30204, Costa Rica Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout Latin, Fusion, Healthy, South American, Central American, Costa Rican Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night HK$55 - HK$235 +506 2577 2222
Excellent
82%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 89 reviews

Restaurant Casa Jose

Casa José is a unique product in the area. Its infrastructure, service, environment, and international organic fusion cuisine, will guarantee a unique delight your palate.With a very high level presentation, unique texture and great taste, we aim to please especially healthy food lovers.

Reviewed By SBE73 - Cartago, Costa Rica

We revisited the restaurant, this time with the family, and we confirmed that their service, the food quality and freshness are always present. The host and his staff are always there to help and bring the best out of your visit. Enjoy the magnificent natural environment that the surroundings of the restaurant offer.

7. Mi Tierra

1.3 Miles east of Bridge Beilly, Main Road to Irazu Volcano | Right side of the road 230, Cartago, Costa Rica Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +506 2553 3737
Excellent
30%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 255 reviews

Mi Tierra

Reviewed By realbigbear - Great Falls, Virginia

We visited this restaurant after visiting Irazu Volcano. The restaurant was simple, but the local Costa Ricann food was excellent. We were part of a tour group, and all of our members raved about the food. The location lacks ambiance (a modified strip mall), but with food this good "who cares."

8. Bocadito Del Cielo

Hwy 10 | 3kms. North East Centro Cervantes, Cartago, Costa Rica Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night 011 506 2534 7272
Excellent
43%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 300 reviews

Bocadito Del Cielo

Reviewed By Dave S - Nashville, Tennessee

Stopped here for breakfast en route to a river rafting trip. We were told about the views, however unfortunately the morning fog didn't cooperate. The typical Costa Rican breakfast of Gallo Pinto, Turrialba cheese, tortillas, and fruit was on offer and the staff did a good job of catering for our group of 12+. Nice interior, am sure it would be even better on a clear day!

9. Backerei Cafe y Panaderia Suiza

100m Sur del Banco Nacional, Orosi 30302, Costa Rica Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout Swiss, Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast +506 8706 6777
Excellent
79%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 75 reviews

Backerei Cafe y Panaderia Suiza

Reviewed By awwwyyyyeeeaaa - Toronto, Canada

I stayed in Orosi for 2 weeks and visited Franzisca at her at her store more than a couple times. Breakfast and coffee was great. I also rented a bike for a ride to Tapanti for a day from her.
She is real friendly and speaks several languages, if that's a hesitation to visit.
Thanks! Hope to visit again soon.

10. Wok and Roll

Calle 1, Turrialba 30501, Costa Rica Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Delivery, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Chinese, Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Fusion Dinner, Lunch +506 2556 6756
Excellent
63%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 61 reviews

Wok and Roll

Reviewed By Normand Q - Montreal, Canada

A very good Asian type fusion restaurant for this town, the dishes were a nice presentation and well-prepared, tastes were refined for the dishes we ordered, noodle frie with beef and vegetables, chicken sauce Teryaki, noodle Udon noodle and chicken curry. The service and the cleanliness of the bathrooms is impeccable. For this small town, this place is a compulsory stop for the jaded tourists of casado of any kind.

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