Top 10 Delicious Costa Rica Foods You Must Try

Top 10 Delicious Costa Rica Foods You Must Try

Costa Rica is a sovereign state in Central America, which is bordered by Nicaragua to the north. It is the largest tourist economy place with many rural communities in the country.  You can follow our Costa Rica travel guide to explore costa rica and make memories. Mostly food items are available mostly in urban areas. Food is very important for the Costa Rican culture. Costa Rica is popular for fresh fruits and vegetables. All the vegetables, black beans, and fruits are found in tropical forest environments. Costa Rica is also famous for its black beans, rice and Costa Rica drinks. Some delicious food items in Costa Rica.

Gallo Pinto

Gallo Pinto is also known as Gallo Pinto, it is a traditional dish of Central America but it made in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.  The history of Gallo Pinto is based on rice and beans, in Latin American cultures Gallo pinto has a long history. Meaning of Gallo Pinto is “spotted rooster”.

 when the beans and rice are mixed together the color look like a speckled.  The beans are cooked until the juice is not consumed, then mixed beans with rice and cook with other ingredients like chopped onions, garlic, cooked bell peppers, etc.

Dish name: Gallo Pinto

Restaurants: Restaurante Gallo Pinto

Rating: 4.1/5

Address: Puntarenas Province, Jaco, Costa Rica


It is a traditional dish in Costa Rican, Casado is a Spanish surname. This dish is made with different items like black beans, plantains, salad, a tortilla and rice some optional entree are beef, pork, chicken and fish.

Hotel staff in your current location in Costa Rica provides the option to choose your meat.

Dish name: Casado

Restaurants: Restaurante Turín Costa Rica

Rating: 4.5/5

Address: 200 metros Este de la Iglesia Católica de Turín, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Turín, Provincia de Guanacaste, Turín, Costa Rica


Tamal is a Mesoamerican dish and the most popular dish in Costa Rica. It is filled with cheese, fruits, vegetables, chilies. Tamal comes from the tamalli. Tamal is cooked in banana leaves or corn husk.

Dish name: Tamal 

Restaurants: Tin Jo Asian Restaurant

Rating: 4.6/5

Address: 200 metros Este de la Iglesia Católica de Turín, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Turín, Provincia de Guanacaste, Turín, Costa Rica.

Sopa Negra

Sopa Negra is a vegetarian soup, and it is a great option for vegetarians. it is made with black beans, onion, bell peppers, cilantro, tomatoes, hard or soft boil an egg, and spices. Sopa Negra  is a traditional soap for Costa Rica

Dish name: Sopa Negra

Restaurants: Luna Roja 

Rating: 4.5/5

Address: Calle 33, Empalme, San José, Costa Rica

Olla de Carne

Olla de Carne is a Spanish word, it is known as beef pot. it contains beef in small and medium pieces. Olla de Carne is mostly used in lunch. It is made with potato, Chayote, Carrot, Green or ripe Banana, Ayotte, Elotes, sweet potato, spices, and meat. You can serve this Olla de Carne white rice. 

Dish name: Olla de Carne

Restaurants: Soda La Olla

Rating: 4.1/5

Address: Av. 12, Angeles, San José, Costa Rica


Chifrijo is the most popular dish, it is also a complimentary dish in Costa Rica. It is a common dish in Costa Rica bars, canteens, and restaurants. It is made with Beans, Pork diced rinds, Rice, Chimichurri/ pico de gallo, doraditas and Avocado, etc. 

it will be served at local events and farmer’s markets. It is also common restaurants.

Dish name: Chifrijo 

Restaurants: Restaurante Casona de mi Tierra

Rating: 4.3/5

Address: 40901, Heredia, San Pablo, Costa Rica


Patacones are also known as Boston, Ticino, fried or chopped, and It is a fried dish. It is also popular in several countries like America, Caribbean, Cube, Ecuador, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Venezuela.  

It is deep-fried and served as a snack.

Dish name: Patacones

Restaurants: Mr. Patacón Restaurant

Rating: 4.5/5

Address: 100 m west of the CR brewery, Province of Guanacaste, Liberia, Costa Rica


Flan is a Spanish sweet dessert that is made with Whole eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla. It is a dessert so it is most famous in Costa Rica after dinner or lunch ever one wants to eat some dessert so Flan is best which makes your food complete. 

Dish name: Flan 

Restaurants: Bar Restaurant Los Laureles

Rating: 4.7/5

Address: 400 meters east from BCR in Uvita, Puntarenas Province, Uvita, 60504, Costa Rica


Costa Rica plays an important role in  Coffee production. In 2006 it becomes third-largest coffee exporter. The largest coffee growing area in Costa Rica is San Jose, Alajuela, Heredia, Puntarenas, and Cartago. It gives 1 % of world coffee production as a small country.

Dish name: Coffee 

Restaurants: Cafe Mono Congo, Kaffa Café

Rating: 4.6/5

Address: Pueblo del Rio, Main Street Dominical, Off main highway entrance, Provincia de Puntarenas, Dominical, 60504, Costa Rica,  250 metros al Sur del Banco de Costa Rica, San José, San Isidro, Costa Rica


Rondon is also popular with different names like rundown, Rondon, fling-me-far and fling mi for, etc. it is made up of coconut milk, fish, crabs, small lobsters, plantain, tomato, onion and seasoning(it is a process to add salts herbs or spices). 

Some fish are also used to make this dish like Cod, salt cod, shad, oily fish, red snapper, swordfish, Pickled fish, bull pizza and cassava. It is a  Jamaican dish and common in Costa Rica.

Dish name: Rondon 

Restaurants: La Pecora Nera Ristorante

Rating: 4.8/5

Address: Costa Rica


This is your choice which dish do you like to eat in Costa Rica. All food item is famous and available in both veg and non-veg. Choose your dish and enjoy the delicious food and also enjoy white water rafting in Costa Rica. The restaurant is mentioned in this blog is already highly rated and they provide the best services to its customers.

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