Where to Eat in Playa Negra: The Best Restaurants and Bars

November 10, 2017 Osvaldo Hartline

Discover the best restaurant in Playa Negra, Costa Rica including Sabanero Steakhouse, Lola's, Cafe Playa Negra, Kon Tiki, Villa Deveena, Black Stallion Cafe & Surf Saloon, La Bodega, Cafe Tico Tamarindo, Restaurante Azul Pool Grill, La Ventana
Things to do in Playa Negra

1. Sabanero Steakhouse

JW Marriott Gunacaste Resort & Spa | Hacienda Pinilla, Santa Cruz 50301, Costa Rica Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available Steakhouse Dinner +506 2681 2000
Excellent
68%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 97 reviews

Sabanero Steakhouse

Sabanero steak house features premium cut from Costa Rica and USA.

Reviewed By jdocBaltimore - Baltimore

The Sabanero Steakhouse serves both Costa Rican grass fed beef and gain fed Angus beef from the U.S. as well as some non-beef dishes. The local beef is somewhat less expensive and we found it to be delicious. Terrific homemade bread. Service was top notch but this is the most expensive restaurant at the hotel.

2. Lola's

Playa Avellana, Playa Avellanas, Tamarindo, Costa Rica Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, Latin, Seafood, International, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch HK$55 - HK$126 +506 2652 9097
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Lola's

Long loved by locals, the secret is out on Lola's fantastic staff serving top-notch organic fare in a beautiful open-air beachfront setting. Gorgeous homemade wooden tables and chairs are set at water's edge under the shade of palm trees and umbrellas. Fresh seared tuna, big healthy salads, Dutch fries, pizzas and all new tacos are the favorites, alongside fruit smoothies, delicious sandwiches and fish & chips! Banana bread, coffee & smoothies starting at 8 a.M. Full menu from 11 a.M. To 5 p.M. Bar open to sunset. Closed Mondays. Cash, Visa & MasterCard.

Reviewed By Lauren R - Buffalo, New York

My husband and I went to Lola’s twice during our honeymoon in Tamarindo. The beach was beautiful and the Lolajito was honestly one of the best beach drinks I have ever had. It’s just a blended mojito with pineapple but it wasn’t too sweet and was so refreshing - just perfect. The bartenders were super busy but also on their game, we never waited long for a drink or snack. The food was fresh and I like their commitment to sustainability.

3. Cafe Playa Negra

Calle principal, de los Pargos | Contiguo a Remax, Los Pargos, Playa Negra 5150, Costa Rica Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television, Highchairs Available Costa Rican, Peruvian, Latin, South American, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$39 - HK$196 +506 2652 9351
Excellent
66%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 118 reviews

Cafe Playa Negra

Great food and prices for the adventurous that want to try the energizing peruvian ceviche or for the most conservative that want a fine Tuna steak or a good hamburguer. Open for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Surf videos, bar and great music.

Reviewed By Scott M - Ottawa, Canada

My wife and I had Caesar salads that came with chicken fingers. They were pretty good, with the chicken being particularly tasty. However, our kids, who ordered off the kid's menu, ended up costing us more than our meals. Even the soft drinks were expensive. We probably won't return because of the prices but the food was good.

4. Kon Tiki

Calle principal | 500 m norte de la plaza de futbol de los Pargos...., Playa Negra 5150, Costa Rica Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Delivery, Reservations, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol Pizza, Peruvian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$39 - HK$118 +506 2652 9117
Excellent
75%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 107 reviews

Kon Tiki

Kontiki Pizza ´n Love is a Rustic pizzeria and Grill restaurant, we open as a hostal and now with the helping hand of my daugther who is a chef now, we reorganized and present our organic pizzas along with other delicious goods that come out of the wood fired oven,we work with all fresh ingredients and all is home made... we prepare Pizzas , chicken Lasagnas, pastas and ravioles, in the oven, also we offer salads.... peruvian dishes, vegetarian and even gluten free pizzas, super cold refreshments, our Homemade Sangria .... everybody welcome to share with us ...See you soon ....

Reviewed By wiskaysin - Wisconsin

Worth the trip down the dirt road, this place is so welcoming and the owner was also our server, sharing stories and providing a friendly environment. We ended up having 2 pizzas because we couldn't decide on just one, and they were both delicious. I eat a lot of pizza in my line of work, and the crust was just amazing - along with the rest of the pie. We had a butter white sauce pizza with shrimp and another with basil and balsamic. We had some leftover pizza and it tasted just as good cold for breakfast! We had heard the sangria is wonderful, and I'm not really a big fan of sangria, but we got a pitcher and it was the best I've ever had. The fruit and spices she used were a perfect combination and it was so refreshing on a hot night. I would definitely go back if we are ever in the area again.

5. Villa Deveena

Los Pargos, Playa Negra, Costa Rica Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi French, European, Seafood, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +506 2653 2328
Excellent
91%
Good
6%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 251 reviews

Villa Deveena

Reviewed By Ragushill - New Hampshire

Beautiful setting with hands on service and a world class chef. Fresh local ingredients and the seafood preparations were excellent

6. Black Stallion Cafe & Surf Saloon

The Black Stallion Hills Ranch | 8 mins drive from Tamarindo., Villareal, Tamarindo 50309, Costa Rica Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Buffet Barbecue, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$196 - HK$432 +506 8869 9765
Excellent
93%
Good
4%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 482 reviews

Black Stallion Cafe & Surf Saloon

We offer a rustic ranch style evening that's private & exclusive.We specialize in small groups & also do special events for families & friends. ( What we do, is BBQ just for u.) The BBQ is outside in " the shack "under the stars, people relax in the Cafe & Saloon, which is a unique rustic wood design.The best way to descibe the set up is " Costa Rican cowboy Saloon with a surfer twist."We make every evening special & unique ! It is Reservations only. Please book in advance. We start at 7 pm & BBQ the best local assorted meats,lomo,ribs,pork,steak,chorizo,ranch chicken & veggies. Then finish the evening with a tropical desert that's always a surprise, followed by a tropical blended some thing good. We start BBQ ing at 7pm. & The food is served no later than 7.30 Pm.We suggest people arrive at 6.30-7 Pm.The good news we have a new paved road so it's a quick trip from tamarindo.The BBQ dinners we do are a feast, so it's very unlikely u will leave hungry.See u soon & Pura Vida !

Reviewed By DavEa2099_ - Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

I was very fortunate to get added as a last minute single onto a group for 4 lovely Canadians for the zip lining trip which was a real buzz and a great experience.
Having the opportunity to see the land and howler monkeys on the way to the summit was great and our 2 guides were funny and very chatty which really relaxed the mood for those that were nervous.
If i recall correctly there were 9 zip lines in total some bigger and slightly scarier than the others but overall very good for the whole family and I would very much recommend doing it for anyone!
I was very lucky to to be invited to stay for the BBQ afterwards with the group I was with and this was by far the best BBQ I have ever experienced and ive had a few in my time!
Alex Urbaniak the owner from the moment he picked me up from from my hotel to dropping me back after a few mojitos was a great guy and i'm really excited for him and the team with what they are planning at the ranch and the whole evolution of their plans to make this a real go to experience not just for the zip lining, horse trekking and the BBQ of course but for the other entertainment ideas they will be adding in time.
Sometimes you go on these trips and think people are just nice because its their job to be at Black Stallion you know these guys are as genuine as can be and I cant recommend this enough! Trust me for a Brit to rave about something like this it has to be good so all brits out there looking at this DO IT!
Alex I will be back brother and cheers for the chat and mojito's at Panga on the way back!

7. La Bodega

In the Hotel Nahua | Diagonal From Banco Nacional, Tamarindo 50309, Costa Rica Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Cafe, Costa Rican, International, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$47 - HK$78 +506 8395 6184
Excellent
82%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 638 reviews

La Bodega

La Bodega is an organic cafe/store located in Tamarindo, Guanacaste. We carry foods and specialty items made 100% in Costa Rica. Fresh homemade sandwiches, salads, baked goods, coffee and drinks are available daily! We provide organic, sustainable and local foods as much as possible. We are a small locally owned business with a passion for eating and living well. Pura Vida!

Reviewed By Dude_Loves_Button - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

My wife and I stopped here one morning for breakfast and were very impressed with the food. I had the Gallo Tico, a great combination of scrambled eggs and rice and beans with tortilla. The ice coffee topped it off. All organic and locally sourced. They had a nice organic grocery store, with incredible banana but bread. The highlight though was a visit by this little magpie. Stop by while in Tamarindo. You won’t be sorry.

8. Cafe Tico Tamarindo

25 Metros sur del Supermercado 2001, Tamarindo, Costa Rica Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks HK$39 +506 8861 7732
Excellent
80%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 511 reviews

Cafe Tico Tamarindo

.Cafe Tico is many things: it's a confortable place to sit and enjoy a rich cup of coffee on our shaded patio, or take it to go.Cafe Tico is also a gift shop, we offer a selection of gurmet coffee from small coffee farmers, honeys, jams and hot sauce made in Costa Rica. We home made bread and pastries, all the milk yogurt , butter and cheese that we use are from local farmers.

Reviewed By Stephen L - Toronto, Canada

We went here for breakfast upon our arrival and were pleasantly surprised by delicious and refreshing iced coffee (with coffee ice cubes so as not to dilute the coffee as it melts) and a delicious breakfast. The staff was friendly too!

9. Restaurante Azul Pool Grill

Hacienda Pinilla, Santa Cruz 50309, Costa Rica Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Seafood, South American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +506 2681 2000
Excellent
52%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 106 reviews

Restaurante Azul Pool Grill

Reviewed By allentxtraveler - Allen, TX

The food was delicious, had no complaints. I did notice that the pool side prices were higher than room service, which is exactly opposite of my normal experience with resorts. Not sure if this was a labor issue, or something else, but the same food was available from your room for less, and the room service experience was fast and great.

10. La Ventana

Ruta entre Playa Negra and Avellanas | After the sign for Villa Deeveena, continue to the next corner and make the left turn, Playa Negra, Costa Rica Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi Cafe, Healthy, Central American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$16 - HK$78 +506 2652 9197
Excellent
90%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 83 reviews

La Ventana

The real deal...Organic, whole foods made with love using the best local ingredients available, always! Vegetarian and vegan friendly, but also serving delicious, satisfying breakfast and lunches for every diet! Homemade sweet treats, superfood smoothies and fresh juice bar too!

Reviewed By littleone17 - Philadelphia

Jen and her cafe provided healthy and delicious meals for our party of nine during our recent week-long stay in Playa Negra. Planning and communication with Jen was easy and everything arrived to us on time and with great presentation. Bonus: Jen was able to...MoreThanks so much for taking the time to write us such a nice review! Hope you and your crew make it back to Playa Negra again one day!

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