Inspiration Food Travel Restaurants in Monteverde, Costa Rica By Marina Kuperman Marina Kuperman Marina Kuperman Villatoro is a freelance writer who has traveled across Central America. TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Updated on 05/12/19 Fact checked by Patrice J. Williams Fact checked by Patrice J. Williams on 04/17/19 Instagram LinkedIn Temple University Patrice J. Williams is a travel and style content creator and fact checker and author of thrift shopping book "Looking Fly on a Dime." TripSavvy's fact-checking Share Pin Email Flickr CC 2.0 One of the best aspects of traveling is taking the time to try as many unique restaurants in the area. It provides a more complete and fun insight into local food and culture. Doing so always allows you to have an even better experience. The Monteverde/Santa Elena region of Costa Rica is extremely popular among travelers because it's home to many nature reserves. The most popular are Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, mainly because National Geographic named it the crown jewel of cloud forest reserves. Because of the area's popularity, you will find many restaurants in Monteverde. Next is a list of some of the best places in the region serving local dishes at reasonable prices. 01 of 04 Orchid Coffee Shop Orchid Coffee & Tea Shop This small restaurant in Monteverde has a covered, open-air space that offers cafeteria-style food, nothing fancy but still delicious. The most popular dishes are salty and sweet crepes, cakes, smoothies, and coffee. The restaurant offers vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options as well as breakfast and brunch. The price is a little above average for the region, but it is still reasonable. The ambiance is warm and friendly; most of the time the owner is around taking orders and making sure everything is OK. This is a great place to spend time enjoying the surroundings, a good book, and some local coffee. 02 of 04 Choco Café Don Juan Choco Café Restaurant and Coffee Shop Choco Café Don Juan is a small, cozy place with indoor and outdoor seating. It serves chocolates, pastries, sandwiches, homemade desserts, and freshly roasted coffee. In fact, the coffee comes from the owner’s plantation. Is also serves vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options and is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Before leaving, spend some time browsing its small store. It offers souvenirs such as handcrafted items and colorful creations. 03 of 04 Café Caburé Café Caburé, Restaurant & Chocolate Maker This restaurant in the old part of Monteverde serves Argentinean food featuring fresh, organic, locally sourced ingredients. Café Caburé also offers cafeteria-style options and, of course, local coffee. The food is tasty and the price is just right for what you get. From the balcony, you get views of the surrounding cloud forest and Pacific mountain slope. As you can imagine, the balcony also provides golden opportunities for romantic sunset dinners. If you have some extra time, take the tour where you'll learn all about chocolate. You can even sample handmade truffles and other varieties of chocolate. 04 of 04 Soda La Salvadita Jean-Pierre Lescourret / Getty Images This tiny local eatery is the perfect place if you are looking for a traditional Costa Rican food experience. Try the Casado, sea bass, fajitas, avocado dishes, and smoothies. It offers vegetarian and vegan dishes. The service is a bit slow, but the food is worth the wait and the prices are a bit lower than most restaurants in Monteverde. The owners are dedicated to good customer service and are always making sure that everyone is happy. Soda La Salvadita is great if you're traveling with children. It also offers Wi-Fi and a view. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit The Best Restaurant in Every State The 12 Best Restaurants in Greenville, South Carolina The 10 Best Restaurants in Cornwall, England 14 Best Places to Have Brunch in Atlanta The Best Restaurants in Strasbourg (For Every Type of Eater) 11 Best Restaurants in Kolkata How to Find an Ethical, Authentic Food Tour The Best 15 Restaurants in San Jose What Traditional Dishes to Eat in Costa Rica The Top 19 Things to Do in Costa Rica The Best Costa Rica Backpacker Destinations 48 Hours in San José: The Ultimate Itinerary The 15 Best Restaurants in Montevideo The 12 Best Restaurants in Nairobi, Kenya Everything You Need to Know Before You Go to Costa Rica Where to Find the Best Brunch in Washington, D.C.