Restaurants and Nightlife

There aren’t many places in Costa Rica where you will find such a wide range of food choices like in Santa Teresa. The culinary scene ranges from gourmet restaurants and beach lounges to funky street side stalls where you eat for little money.

For a typical Costa Rican dish go to a soda, a simple restaurant, serving typical local food. The best deal in a soda is normally a “Casado”, a plate of rice, beans, salad and a serving of fish or meat.

Restaurant in Santa Teresa

The yoga and health scene in Santa Teresa ensures many vegan and health oriented eateries, while the multi-ethnic composition of the village adds flavors from all over the world. At most places you will dine “al fresco”, which is just what you want on a balmy, tropical night. No need to bring extra clothes for going out… in Santa Teresa and Mal Pais dress code is very casual.

Bars and Nightlife in Santa Teresa

Here some of the most popular venues for going out at night:

A refined beach restaurant with French cuisine, the restaurant Playa Carmen throws thundering rave parties on weekends. International Djs spin electronic music and there is dancing under the palm trees until early morning hours.
The Drift Bar is a vegetarian restaurant and bar, specializing in creative cocktails made of freshly squeezed fruits. The Drift Bar has a casual, cosmopolitan flair and is located by a former warehouse which now houses an art gallery.
Further on the beach of Playa Carmen is Banana Beach, another popular hang-out in Santa Teresa. Sip your craft beer or cocktail while watching the beach life and surfers. Banana Beach often hosts events, from bikini contests to surf competitions.
A long time favorite for sundowners on the beach and nightlife is Ranchos Itauna, a Brazilian-inspired restaurant and lounge. Legendary for it‘s full moon parties, Itauna also hosts the Deep Tuesdays with dancing to electronic music, backed by a bonfire on the beach.
Tipsy is an elegant wine bar that attracts the cultured set of Santa Teresa. It‘s most popular on Thursday night when they have life music for entertainment.
Thursday nights the party scene of Santa Teresa flocks to Kika and their funky rock and reggae band. The atmosphere is wild and pure fun for all ages, and there is hardly anybody who doesn‘t dance to the favorite hits they cover.
A few steps from Kika, La Lora Amarilla is a traditional, local dancehall that heats up on Saturday night. There is often some popular Costa Rican life band playing and you can dance to salsa and merengue music.

Restaurants in Mal Pais

Here the full list of bars and restaurants in Santa Teresa and Mal Pais as they were open in July 2019. The list is sorted by location, starting from Mal Pais at the southern end until Manzanillo at the northern end of the Santa Teresa area.

Mary’sRestaurantCasual Fine DiningStreetEvening$$$
CaracolasRestaurantCosta RicanBeachfrontAll day$$
Vista de OlasRestaurantBBQ SpecialtiesOceanviewEvening$$$
Surf CampRestaurant /BarAmerican-stylePatioAll Day$$
Ritmo TropicalRestaurantItalianStreetEvening$$

Restaurants in Playa Carmen

El CarmenRestaurantFrench CuisineBeachfrontAll Day$$$
The RoasteryCaféCoffee & CakesStreetDay$$
Chop itSnacksSalads & SnacksPatioDay$$
Product ©BistroSea FoodPatioDay$$
NativoBarSports BarStreetEvening$$
The BakeryRestaurantPastry & FoodStreetDay$$$
FishbarRestaurantSea FoodStreetEvening$$
Bajo el ArbolBistroTapasPatioDay$$
Las PiedrasRestaurantArgentinian BBQStreetEvening$$
Taco CornerSnacksMexican Street FoodStreetEvening$
Hernry’sPizzaStreet FoodStreetDay$
TostometroRestaurantCosta RicanStreetAll Day$
Soda AmistadSodaCosta RicanStreetAll Day$
La BirreriaRestaurantCraft Beer & FoodOceanviewEvening$$
KatunaRestaurantAsian FoodStreetEvening$$
Drift BarLoungeCocktails, Veget. & ArtStreetAll day$$
El GustoSodaCosta RicanStreetAll day$
Zula InnRestaurantIsraeli FoodStreetAll day$$
Tropico LatinoRestaurantCasual Fine DiningBeachfrontAll Day$$$
Banana BeachLoungeInternationalBeachfrontAll Day$$$
Que MaeBarCraft BeersStreetEvening$$
HabaneroRestaurantMexican CuisineBeachfrontEvening$$$
Santa TereSodaCosta RicanStreetAll Day$
BaliBistroCoffee ShopStreetAll Day$$
Casa del MarRestaurantArgentinian BBQStreetEvening$$
La YuntaSodaCosta RicanStreetAll Day$
Ranchos ItaunaLoungeBrazilianBeachfrontEvening$$$
Alma FrutalBistroSnacksStreetAll Day$
CevicheriaBistroSea FoodStreetAll Day$$
AppetitoBistroPizza & BarStreetEvening$$

Restaurants in Santa Teresa

Chicken Joe’sRestaurantPeruvianStreetAll day$$
Earth CaféBistroHealth FoodStreetAll day$$
Dulce HogarBistroSweets & SmoothiesStreetDay$
Burger RanchoRestaurantBurgers and IsraeliStreetAll day$$
SunaRestaurantAsian DishesStreetAll day$$
TomateRestaurantPizzaStreetAll day$
Funky MonkeyRestaurantSushi and SnacksPatioEvening$$
Zwart CafeBistroCafé, Lunch & ArtsStreetDay$$$
Pura VidaSodaCosta RicanStreetAll day$
SelinaBistroSnacksPatioAll day$$
El BosqueSodaCosta RicanStreetAll day$
OlamBistroHealth FoodPatioDay$$
Otro LadoRestaurantItalianPatioEvening$$
TipsyLoungeWines & CheesePatioNight$$$
La PalmaRestaurantBreakfast & SnacksStreetDay$
KikaRestaurant /BarArgentinian & Live MusicStreetEvening$$
Lora AmarillaDisco /BarLive Music and EventsStreetEvening$
El FaconBarSnacksStreetEvening$$
El PatioCafeBreakfast & SnacksStreetDay$$
OsaSodaCosta RicanStreetAll day$
TiquiciaSodaCosta RicanStreetDay$
Al Chile ViolaRestaurantCasual Fine DiningStreetEvening$$$
Cafe SocialBistroSnacksStreetDay$$$
Roca MarLoungeSnacksBeachfrontAll day$$
NectarRestaurantFine DiningBeachfrontAll day$$$
PranamarRestaurantHealth CuisineBeachAll day$$

Restaurants in Playa Hermosa


Restaurants in Manzanillo

Que MaeBarCraft BeerStreetWeekend$$
Atardecer DoradoRestaurantCosta RicanBeachAll Day$$
DaykaRestaurantCosta RicaStreetAll Day$$