Experience culinary Excellence
As the sun sets, El Castillo is transformed. Our restaurant at El Castillo is named Castillo’s Kitchen steered by Chef Pablo. It is a Chef’s Table concept mastering the evolution of Costa Rican cuisine. As a young Costa Rican chef, Pablo exhibits the future of his country’s culinary experience. Balanced by his passion for surfing and his beautiful daughter, he works every day to reinvent what is considered typical, turning standard cuisine on its head. All Castillo’s Kitchen’s dishes contain elements of the Costa Rican culture. Your experience begins with an explanation of what we have procured and how we would like to prepare it. Most of our ingredients come from local farmers or fishermen hand-picked by Pablo. Given several choices, your dinner begins. Pura vida indeed.
Lucy and Robert’s intimate Exotica sets the dining standard in Ojochal. With a robust wine selection, the menu offers Thai, Vietnamese, French, Italian, Polynesian, and more—with a Costa Rican influence.
Starters include a Tahitian fish carpaccio with bananas and shrimp in a banana-curry sauce. French favorites include cognac liver pâté and a duck breast with orange sauce.
All desserts are homemade and luscious. Chocoholics should not miss the chocolate chiffon cake with chocolate sauce and an accompanying shot of cocoa liqueur. Below you can take a peak at the restaurant with a virtual tour.
As you enter Citrus, you know you are someplace special. Diners arrive early to relax in the lounge for cocktails and tasty starters.
Chef Marciano’s talents lie in culinary creationism. Drawing from her worldly roots, she creates sophisticated world cuisine including a Moroccan-style hamburger served with spicy harissa mayonnaise; sea bass in a white-wine and saffron sauce; and grilled tuna with a sauce that combines tamarindo and peppery Thai sriracha.
There’s a soupçon of French flavor too, with garlicky escargots and steak frites. Desserts are among the best in Costa Rica. We recommend the divine Choco-Choco flourless chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream.
Fabrizio’s unassumingly sits in the heart of the Ojochal village. Once you eat, you understand the restaurant’s dedication to excellent Italian food. The pizzas are renowned and all the breads and pastas are made fresh.
With a little pre-planning and good timing you can score Fabrizio’s famous ravioli. Every Friday, Fabrizio himself rolls out the dough and fulfills orders of ravioli. Midday, cars line up to purchase their share.
Although Fabrizio’s doesn’t sell alcohol, you can bring your own—and there’s a market across the street.
This little gem is hidden off the Costanera, featuring a cool ambience and high caliber of food, tucked away in the jungle. Be prepared to be pleasantly surprised. Because of its small size, reservations are advised and are essential during high season.
Below you can take a peak at the restaurant with a virtual tour.
Fusion Restaurante & Bar
Chef Steven elevates typical Costa Rican cuisine—each dish is delivered with flavor and flair.
Boca Coronado is located along the bank of the Terraba River. An afternoon meal involves gazing at the Terraba River and Garza Island beyond. Once night falls, diners enjoy the moonlight reflecting off the Pacific.
Chef Steven has a delicious boca menu, which include sandwiches, nachos, and burgers. The regular menu includes fresh fish prepared as you like; traditional Costa Rican rice dishes; and delicious pastas including an amazing pesto dish. But the fare you should not miss is the ceviche—it is the best in the area.
Mamma e Papa
Mamma e Papa is located off the main road through Ojochal and features a spectacular view of the rainforest-covered mountains. The alfresco terrace enhances the sights and sounds of nature. Countless species of wildlife, particularly toucans, can be spotted in the area.
The flavorful food is the result of an immense love for Mediterranean Italian cuisine—a love that was communicated to the owners by their “Mamma and Papà,” Anna Maria and Salvatore. The menu is the result of generations of experience making Southern Italian food.
Based on flavors from Puglia and Naples, Mamma e Papa offers house made Italian pastas—such as tagliatelle, gnocchi, cannelloni, and lasagna—that follow the family’s methods and work wonderfully with the fresh ingredients found in Costa Rica.
They also have a delicious selection of fresh appetizers and local meats, poultry, freshly caught local fish, and seafood. The pizzas are designed to reflect the flavors of the earth and sea. And desserts include tiramisù, lemon cake, and sponge cake with Italian custard cream.
The rancho-style Restaurante Gaia’s eclectic décor and high-vaulted roof create a private, tropical ambiance accented by colorful landscaping and tasteful music—just before the entrance to Ojochal.
The gastronomy of Restaurante Gaia results from years of feedback from frequently returning guests requesting the renowned dishes. The contemporary cuisine, fused with Latin flavors, include Sandwich Energia Verde, Ensalada Fiesta, Lomito ed Salsa de Hongos, Thai Curry, Pescado Macadamia, and Volcado de Mango y Banana.
The Bamboo Room
Ojochal’s favorite nightlife spot offers live music every night of the week. This is the place to come for a fun time out with friends enjoying great entertainment. The menu is simple and delicious, and the service is fast and friendly. Consider this your Costa Rica equivalent to your choice venue back home.
Here you can find craft bottled beers and drink specials every day, with a good selection of beverages. Below you can take a peak at the restaurant with a virtual tour.
The perfect place for a morning coffee, Pancito Café is nestled beside a lovely river just after the entrance to the Ojochal village.
This French-owned bakery serves hearty breakfast omelets, crusty baguettes, buttery croissants, and divine pastries. Lunch includes crepes, quiches, meal-size salads, soups, pizzas, and sandwiches—and everything is available to go.
Customers can relax in this casual, thatch-roofed café. Many have their laptops open, taking advantage of the free WiFi. Get here early on Tuesday for the popular weekly plat du jour.
La Mona Grita
The newest hot spot at the entrance of Ojochal is poised for an easy stop off to have a drink and see friendly faces. La Mona Grita has fast internet and TVs all around, making it the local spot for sports fans. Friday nights are for fiestas, with DJ Fabian playing dance music nearly every weekend. They have the largest selection of tequilas in the Costa Ballena and a solid margarita menu. They also lay the bold claim that theirs is the coldest beer in Ojochal, so come out and test their theory – you might even be invited to play a game to win your first beer on the house!
Make sure to check out Taco Tuesday and their very own margarita menu.
Thought by many to be one of the best restaurants for the price, Terraba presents local fare with an international twist. Steaks, Caesar salads, and fresh fish are the favorites here, although none of their extensive menu seems to disappoint because this place is almost always full in the high season. Right off the highway for easy access after a long day’s journey, stop in for some culinary comfort in a relaxing atmosphere.
An incredibly sensual space with numerous different spots to tuck yourself away to have a private rendezvous. This is a special spot for big groups, with sexy lounge music and dreamy vibes. The service and the food are excellent, and the owners are great entertainers for their legion of fans and newcomers alike.
They feature fine wines, cocktails as well as local drink selections.
Kua Kua at Hotel Three Sixty
Positioned just right for the daily sunset thanks to their 360 views, the bar and Kua Kua restaurant have just opened but already have the local community abuzz. A wide ranging a la carte menu will feature traditional Central American classics with local flavors using local ingredients. Paired with immaculate design and detail, 360 is sure to be a next level eating experience atop one of the highest perches on the Calle Perezoso ridge.
The restaurant has partnered with McCormick Distilling for a specialty line of vodkas. Below you can take a peak at the restaurant with a virtual tour.