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.

Restaurant in Santa Teresa

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.

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. 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.

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’s Restaurant Casual Fine Dining Street Evening $$$
Caracolas Restaurant Costa Rican Beachfront All day $$
Vista de Olas Restaurant BBQ Specialties Oceanview Evening $$$
Surf Camp Restaurant /Bar American-style Patio All Day $$
Ritmo Tropical Restaurant Italian Street Evening $$

Restaurants in Playa Carmen

El Carmen Restaurant French Cuisine Beachfront All Day $$$
The Roastery Café Coffee & Cakes Street Day $$
Chop it Snacks Salads & Snacks Patio Day $$
Product © Bistro Sea Food Patio Day $$
Nativo Bar Sports Bar Street Evening $$
The Bakery Restaurant Pastry & Food Street Day $$$
Fishbar Restaurant Sea Food Street Evening $$
Bajo el Arbol Bistro Tapas Patio Day $$
Las Piedras Restaurant Argentinian BBQ Street Evening $$
Taco Corner Snacks Mexican Street Food Street Evening $
Hernry’s Pizza Street Food Street Day $
Tostometro Restaurant Costa Rican Street All Day $
Soda Amistad Soda Costa Rican Street All Day $
Amici Restaurant Italian Street Evening $$
Koji Restaurant Sushi Street Evening $$$
Horizon Restaurant Vegetarian Oceanview Day $$
La Birreria Restaurant Craft Beer & Food Oceanview Evening $$
Katuna Restaurant Asian Food Street Evening $$
Drift Bar Lounge Cocktails, Veget. & Art Street All day $$
El Gusto Soda Costa Rican Street All day $
Zula Inn Restaurant Israeli Food Street All day $$
Tropico Latino Restaurant Casual Fine Dining Beachfront All Day $$$
Banana Beach Lounge International Beachfront All Day $$$
Vermú Bistro Snacks Street Day $$
Que Mae Bar Craft Beers Street Evening $$
Habanero Restaurant Mexican Cuisine Beachfront Evening $$$
Santa Tere Soda Costa Rican Street All Day $
Bali Bistro Coffee Shop Street All Day $$
Casa del Mar Restaurant Argentinian BBQ Street Evening $$
La Yunta Soda Costa Rican Street All Day $
Ranchos Itauna Lounge Brazilian Beachfront Evening $$$
Alma Frutal Bistro Snacks Street All Day $
Cevicheria Bistro Sea Food Street All Day $$
Appetito Bistro Pizza & Bar Street Evening $$

Restaurants in Santa Teresa

Chicken Joe’s Restaurant Peruvian Street All day $$
Earth Café Bistro Health Food Street All day $$
Dulce Hogar Bistro Sweets & Smoothies Street Day $
Burger Rancho Restaurant Burgers and Israeli Street All day $$
Suna Restaurant Asian Dishes Street All day $$
Tomate Restaurant Pizza Street All day $
Funky Monkey Restaurant Sushi and Snacks Patio Evening $$
Zwart Cafe Bistro Café, Lunch & Arts Street Day $$$
Pura Vida Soda Costa Rican Street All day $
Selina Bistro Snacks Patio All day $$
El Bosque Soda Costa Rican Street All day $
Olam Bistro Health Food Patio Day $$
Otro Lado Restaurant Italian Patio Evening $$
Pronto Bistro Italian Patio Day $$
Tipsy Lounge Wines & Cheese Patio Night $$$
La Palma Restaurant Breakfast & Snacks Street Day $
Kika Restaurant /Bar Argentinian & Live Music Street Evening $$
Lora Amarilla Disco /Bar Live Music and Events Street Evening $
El Facon Bar Snacks Street Evening $$
Terra Restaurant Italian Patio Day $$
El Patio Cafe Breakfast & Snacks Street Day $$
Osa Soda Costa Rican Street All day $
Tiquicia Soda Costa Rican Street Day $
Nami Restaurant Sushi Street Evening $$$
Al Chile Viola Restaurant Casual Fine Dining Street Evening $$$
Cafe Social Bistro Snacks Street Day $$$
Roca Mar Lounge Snacks Beachfront All day $$
Nectar Restaurant Fine Dining Beachfront All day $$$
Makana Restaurant International Street Evening $$
Pranamar Restaurant Health Cuisine Beach All day $$

Restaurants in Playa Hermosa

Couleur Bistro Snacks Street Day $$
Zopilote Bistro Snacks Street Day $$
TP8 Lounge Snacks Street Evening $$

Restaurants in Manzanillo

Que Mae Bar Craft Beer Street Weekend $$
Atardecer Dorado Restaurant Costa Rican Beach All Day $$
Dayka Restaurant Costa Rica Street All Day $$