These are some of our favorite restaurants that help make our area, from Tres Rios to Dominical, so wonderful for a vacation or a lifetime.  All are within 25 minutes easy drive from the Reserva along the excellent and paved Costanera road.


  • Bakery/Café Solo Bueno:  just as you enter Dominical, a cafeteria and bakery serving coffee, cakes, ice cream, deserts, and sandwiches. A wonderful, local place.
  • Restaurant/Bar San Clemente: on the left as you enter the town. A fun, surf oriented Mexican/American restaurant decorated with broken surfboards which all list their date of damage. Basic pool table. A few cool seats. Surf videos.
  • Café Tortilla Flats: the Dominical surf hangout with a café/restaurant and rooms for rent right on the beach. A great place for breakfast or a beer anytime and to catch up on surf info.
  • Salon el Coco: a nice, spacious tico restaurant/bar at the end of the strip, right on the beachfront.  Serves a range of typical tico fare.


  • Bar Exotica: the upscale local restaurant. A lovely but small dining area and high-quality French food and wine.  Reservations required at all times of year. Expensive, but well worth it.
  • Ylang Ylang: first left as you enter Ojochal and climb up 500m or so to a wonderful and unexpected Indonesian restaurant run by a Hans and his wife, a charming Dutch couple. Excellent food in a wonderful setting.
  • Citrus: On a par with Exotica, offering fine food and wine in a lovely indoor/outdoor atmiosphere. First left as you enter Ojochal.
  • El Fuego: Somehat hard to access steak restaurant and grill in the hills above the village. Enter Ojochal, cross the first bridge, turn right over the small humpback bridge and wind all the way up. El Fuego is on your right.  Alternatively, continue past (south) the Ojochal entry, take the first left towards Club Fred and continue until you come to the restaurnat on your left.
  • Fabrizio's: Excellent, very small pizza place opposite the well stocked supermercado. Order your custom pizza, grab a beer from the supermarket, and listen to Fabrizio's tales as a chef in multiple restaurants.
  • El Jardin Tortuga: further up the road in Ojochal, follow the Pizzeria signs. Large bar area serving pizza & lasagna type food and range of drinks. No reservations required. A wonderful spot, but unfortunately closed until further notice.
  • Ojochal Bakery; right next to El Jardin Tortuga serves French bread, muffins and other treats.

Beyond Ojochal: Punta Mala

  • Tilapias El Pavon: Excellent locally-owned restaurant in the hills of Punta Mala. Fish for your own Tilapia and walk through their beautiful gardens. Dine in a comfortable atmosphere. left turn from the Costa Nera a few KM south of Ojochal up an unpaved road. There are two tilapia farm/restaurants - we like the second, further up one, but try them both.