5 Favorite Places Where to Eat in Jaco, Costa Rica

Want to know where to eat in Jaco, Costa Rica? Get hooked up with these five eateries that are a favorite with locals.

Hotel Amapola Jaco Beach Costa Rica

Jaco Beach in Costa Rica is hands-down the most favorite beach closest to the capital city of San Jose and the Central Valley.

The fun-loving beach town is made for easy vacations with plenty of hotels and vacation condos, shopping, conveniences and services. Not to mention the long, wide, curving beach where you can walk, jog, cycle on a beach cruiser, and soak up the sun.

One of the most important ingredients to a great vacation is fantastic food, and Jaco certainly has plenty of places for fabulous dining. Whether you crave Costa Rican, Italian, Japanese, French, Argentinean, Tex-Mex, American burgers, vegetarian or seafood, Jaco, Costa Rica offers food for every taste. You can dine out for as little as $5 per person or break open the bank at various high-end restaurants in Jaco. For what to eat in Jacó here are some favorite local recommendations.

5 Favorite Places Where to Eat in Jaco, Costa Rica

Nueva Roma Pizzeria & Sports Bar: Some of the best pizza in Jaco is at the Nueva Roma Pizzeria, located in Hotel Amapola. Italian cuisine with fresh pastas and pizza is their specialty, along with seafood and meat dishes, and salads. They are open Monday to Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Pizzeria Nueva Roma at Hotel Amapola in Jaco Costa Rica
Pizzeria Nueva Roma at Hotel Amapola in Jaco, Costa Rica.

Graffiti Restro Café & Wine Bar: This small, bistro-style restaurant – open only for dinner – features a menu with artistic flair, serving fresh seafood, meats, and vegetarian dishes made from healthy and locally sustainable ingredients. They have a good wine and cocktail list, and offer live music performances on the weekends. Located in the new Jaco Walk open-air shopping center, they open at 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and are closed Sundays. Reservations are recommended on weekends and during holidays.

Lemon Zest: A longtime dinner favorite in Jaco Beach, at Lemon Zest, Chef Richard Lemon brings his years of experience and classic French cooking techniques to delicious flavor combinations using fresh local ingredients for an exquisite dining experience. Their wine list is possibly the best in Jaco. Located in El Jardin Plaza just south of the Mas x Menos Supermarket on Jaco’s main boulevard, they are open Monday through Saturday from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.; closed Sundays.

Hicaco Restaurant in Jaco, image by TripAdvisor
Hicaco Restaurant in Jaco, image by TripAdvisor.

El Hicaco Restaurant: Another longtime Jaco favorite, El Hicaco’s location is spectacular right on the beach where you can enjoy a beautiful sunset and a delicious meal at the same time. Known for its fine dining and seafood specialties, they offer a very popular all-you-can-eat buffet dinner on Wednesday nights. Located at the end of Calle Hicaco on the beach, they are open daily for lunch and dinner from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Soda Jaco Rustico: For traditional Costa Rican cuisine, Soda Rustico is the favorite spot for locals. Everything is served buffet style with different dishes every day, and prices are very reasonable. Located on Calle Hicaco between the main boulevard and the beach, they are open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Jaco Beach Costa Rica
Jaco Beach, Costa Rica

Are you ready for a fun vacation in Costa Rica? Easy to get to with lots of direct flights from the U.S., Canada and Europe, Costa Rica is a vacation favorite for its great year-round weather.

Where to stay in Jaco: Hotel Amapola in Jacó Beach has everything you could want on vacation in one place: comfortable rooms, two restaurants, large swimming pool, gardens, a spa, gym, sports court, casino, games room, and tour reservations. Seasonal special offers start at $130 per night for 2 persons. Free Wi-Fi, parking, and breakfast are included in all reservations.

Hotel Amapola Jaco Beach Costa Rica
Hotel Amapola in Jaco Beach, Costa Rica.

Article by Shannon Farley

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