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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.

Find the Best Restaurants in Costa Rica

  • #1
    Casa Turire
    #1 of 44 Places to Eat in Turrialba
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 99 reviewsTripAdvisor (99)
    $ - $$ | Central American, Costa Rican, International
    South on 20km, Turrialba 30501 Costa Rica
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  • #2
    Restaurante Rancho del Sapito
    #2 of 44 Places to Eat in Turrialba
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 180 reviewsTripAdvisor (180)
    $ - $$ | Latin, Central American, Costa Rican
    Coliblanco de Alvarado Carretera, Turrialba 30501 Costa Rica
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  • #3
    Wok and Roll
    #3 of 44 Places to Eat in Turrialba
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 73 reviewsTripAdvisor (73)
    $ - $$ | Chinese, Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Fusion
    Calle 1, Turrialba 30501 Costa Rica
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  • #4
    Adriano's Restaurante
    #4 of 44 Places to Eat in Turrialba
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 59 reviewsTripAdvisor (59)
    $ - $$ | South American, Central American, Costa Rican
    Canada la Suiza 150 norte de la escuela de Canada Turrialba, Turrialba 6799 Costa Rica
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  • #5
    Turrialtico
    #5 of 44 Places to Eat in Turrialba
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 61 reviewsTripAdvisor (61)
    $ - $$ | Latin, Spanish, Central American
    10, Turrialba 121-7150 Costa Rica
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  • #6
    La Angostura
    #6 of 44 Places to Eat in Turrialba
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 27 reviewsTripAdvisor (27)
    $ - $$ | South American, Costa Rican
    Eslabon, Turrialba 30501 Costa Rica
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  • #7
    Don Porfi
    #7 of 44 Places to Eat in Turrialba
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 40 reviewsTripAdvisor (40)
    $ - $$ | South American, Costa Rican
    Carretera Al Volcan Turrialba 3 Km De La Ville, Turrialba 30501 Costa Rica
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  • #8
    La Estacion Tapas & Bistro
    #8 of 44 Places to Eat in Turrialba
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 51 reviewsTripAdvisor (51)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean, Spanish, Seafood
    Avenida 16 In Front Of The Red Cross, Plaza Rojitas, Local No.16, Turrialba 30501 Costa Rica
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  • #9
    Rio
    #9 of 44 Places to Eat in Turrialba
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 31 reviewsTripAdvisor (31)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Latin, Costa Rican, Spanish
    100 meters north of the Mon Rio Salon, Turrialba 7170 Costa Rica
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  • #10
    Sitios Angostura
    #10 of 44 Places to Eat in Turrialba
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 16 reviewsTripAdvisor (16)
    $ |
    Sitio de Mata Pavones Camino a Siquirres Camino Al Hotel Tayutic, Turrialba 30501 Costa Rica
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  • #11
    Cafe Sunt
    #11 of 44 Places to Eat in Turrialba
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 10 reviewsTripAdvisor (10)
    Cafe
    Plaza Arce - 100 Metros Estey y 50 Metros Norte Del Parque Central, Turrialba 30501 Costa Rica
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  • #12
    Rancho de Jose
    #12 of 44 Places to Eat in Turrialba
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 23 reviewsTripAdvisor (23)
    $ - $$ | Costa Rican
    El Carmen, Turrialba 30501 Costa Rica
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  • #13
    Maracuya Cafe & Lunch
    #13 of 44 Places to Eat in Turrialba
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 10 reviewsTripAdvisor (10)
    Calle 2 north of Av 10, Turrialba 30501 Costa Rica
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  • #14
    La Feria Restaurante
    #14 of 44 Places to Eat in Turrialba
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 26 reviewsTripAdvisor (26)
    $ - $$ | Latin, International, Spanish, Costa Rican
    Address: Across from Enersol gas station at western entrance to town, Turrialba 30501 Costa Rica
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  • #15
    Rancho JSM
    #15 of 44 Places to Eat in Turrialba
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 7 reviewsTripAdvisor (7)
    International, Grill, South American, Costa Rican
    Cruce de Angostura frente al Servicentro JSM, Turrialba 30501 Costa Rica
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  • #16
    Soda La U
    #16 of 44 Places to Eat in Turrialba
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 14 reviewsTripAdvisor (14)
    $ | Healthy
    10, Turrialba Costa Rica
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  • #17
    Dulce Tentacion
    #17 of 44 Places to Eat in Turrialba
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 5 reviewsTripAdvisor (5)
    Cafe, Fast Food, South American, Costa Rican
    Costado Oeste Del Parque, Turrialba Costa Rica
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  • #18
    Aroma de Montana
    #18 of 44 Places to Eat in Turrialba
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 6 reviewsTripAdvisor (6)
    $ - $$ | South American, Costa Rican
    East from Bajo Pacuare, Tayutic 5 Km Road to Grano de Oro, Turrialba 7150 Costa Rica
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  • #19
    Respira by Jose Mario
    #19 of 44 Places to Eat in Turrialba
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 4 reviewsTripAdvisor (4)
    $ | Healthy
    50m norte del Registro Civil, frente a calle Puntarenas, en la box CrossFit, Turrialba 30501 Costa Rica
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  • Pasteleria Merayo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 8 reviewsTripAdvisor (8)
    $ |
    Calle 4 Paseo Colon, Avenue 1, Turrialba 48-2300 Costa Rica
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