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What to Eat in Costa Rica

With its tropical temperatures, Costa Rican cuisine features an abundance of exotic fruits (especially pejibayes) and vegetables, and depending on what part of the country you are in, lots of fresh fish. Black beans and rice are a staple and a part of almost every traditional meal. Of course, Costa Rica is famous for its coffee beans (though much of it is exported), but you shouldn't leave without trying a cup.

Common dishes you will see on menus include gallo pinto (rice and beans), ceviche (fish marinated in lemon juice), pati (pastry dough stuffed with curried beef and onions) and agua dulce (warm melted sugarcane). If you visit San José, don't miss the Central Market, which opened in 1880, and is the largest market in the city, with more than 200 shops, stalls and small restaurants.

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#1 Casa Turire

#1 of 40 Places to Eat in Turrialba

Ranked 4.5 out of 89 (89) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | Central American, Costa Rican, International

South on 20km, Turrialba 30501 Costa Rica

South on 20km, Turrialba 30501 Costa Rica

Ranked 4.5 out of 89 (89)
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#2 Restaurante Rancho del Sapito

#2 of 40 Places to Eat in Turrialba

Ranked 4.0 out of 167 (167) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | Latin, Central American, Costa Rican

Coliblanco de Alvarado Carretera, Turrialba 30501 Costa Rica

Coliblanco de Alvarado Carretera, Turrialba 30501 Costa Rica

Ranked 4.0 out of 167 (167)
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#3 Wok and Roll

#3 of 40 Places to Eat in Turrialba

Ranked 4.5 out of 68 (68) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | Chinese, Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Fusion

Calle 1, Turrialba 30501 Costa Rica

Calle 1, Turrialba 30501 Costa Rica

Ranked 4.5 out of 68 (68)
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#4 Adriano's Restaurante

#4 of 40 Places to Eat in Turrialba

Ranked 5.0 out of 59 (59) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | South American, Central American, Costa Rican

Canada la Suiza 150 norte de la escuela de Canada Turrialba, Turrialba 6799 Costa Rica

Canada la Suiza 150 norte de la escuela de Canada Turrialba, Turrialba 6799 Costa Rica

Ranked 5.0 out of 59 (59)
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#5 Turrialtico

#5 of 40 Places to Eat in Turrialba

Ranked 4.0 out of 56 (56) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | Latin, Spanish, Central American

10, Turrialba 121-7150 Costa Rica

10, Turrialba 121-7150 Costa Rica

Ranked 4.0 out of 56 (56)
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#6 La Angostura

#6 of 40 Places to Eat in Turrialba

Ranked 4.5 out of 24 (24) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | South American, Costa Rican

Eslabon, Turrialba 30501 Costa Rica

Eslabon, Turrialba 30501 Costa Rica

Ranked 4.5 out of 24 (24)
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#7 Don Porfi

#7 of 40 Places to Eat in Turrialba

Ranked 4.0 out of 37 (37) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | South American, Costa Rican

Carretera Al Volcan Turrialba 3 Km De La Ville, Turrialba 30501 Costa Rica

Carretera Al Volcan Turrialba 3 Km De La Ville, Turrialba 30501 Costa Rica

Ranked 4.0 out of 37 (37)
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#8 La Estacion Tapas & Bistro

#8 of 40 Places to Eat in Turrialba

Ranked 5.0 out of 38 (38) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | Mediterranean, Spanish, Italian, Steakhouse, Seafood

Avenida 16 In Front Of The Red Cross, Plaza Rojitas, Local No.16, Turrialba 30501 Costa Rica

Avenida 16 In Front Of The Red Cross, Plaza Rojitas, Local No.16, Turrialba 30501 Costa Rica

Ranked 5.0 out of 38 (38)
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#9 Cafe Sunt

#9 of 40 Places to Eat in Turrialba

Ranked 4.5 out of 10 (10) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

Plaza Arce - 100 Metros Estey y 50 Metros Norte Del Parque Central, Turrialba 30501 Costa Rica

Plaza Arce - 100 Metros Estey y 50 Metros Norte Del Parque Central, Turrialba 30501 Costa Rica

Ranked 4.5 out of 10 (10)
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#10 Turrialba

#10 of 40 Places to Eat in Turrialba

Ranked 4.0 out of 21 (21) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

Apartado 211, Turrialba 30501 Costa Rica

Apartado 211, Turrialba 30501 Costa Rica

Ranked 4.0 out of 21 (21)
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