The Best Casual Restaurants in Tamarindo

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Best Casual Restaurants in Tamarindo

Tamarindo has a lot of restaurant options and we’ve been to most of them. This list is compiled of our top places to grab a more casual meal in town. Typically that also means that these are faster restaurants in Tamarindo if you’re in a hurry or just want to eat without the whole “experience”.

Our Top Casual Restaurants in Tamarindo, Costa Rica


El Mercadito (Facebook)
The Mercadito is an outdoor food court just up the road from Patagonia with a huge variety of cuisines and drinks. Poke Bowls, Pura Vegan, The Asian Bistro, Patagonia to Go, Arepas, Tamarindo Burgers and more. The “Merc” is a family-friendly environment that is open for both lunch and dinner and everyone in your group is bound to find something they want to eat. Plus the giant boat in the middle of the Mercadito is one of the most stocked bar in Tamarindo if you’re feeling thirsty!

sproutSprout!  (Facebook)
Sprout has been around for a while, but they just moved into FT’s old location (across from Witch’s Rock). Their new location is much closer to town (yay!), has more seating and an expanded menu. Hands down, Sprout makes the best sandwich in Tamarindo. Be sure to try the Turkey Sandwich on the Pretzel Bun. So good. Don’t miss their salads and fish taco’s either, seriously good food.


labodegaLa Bodega (Facebook)
La Bodega is a sandwich shop just up the dirt road from La Esquina. They offer super fresh food that’s all organic and amazing. Be sure to try some of their baked goods as well, everything melts in your mouth. Many of their products are for sale as well (eggs, cheese, it varies) and is a favorite local spot for some specific items!


surfshackSurf Shack (Facebook)
Located at the back of the traffic circle in the center of town, Surf Shack is owned by the former owners of Long Boards and we are there almost weekly. It’s the only restaurant that we visit on a weekly basis. They have great burgers, wings and dogs and the milk shakes are to die for. Highly Recommended.


greenpapaya Green Papaya (Facebook)
Green Papaya offers fresh and creative taco options. Fish tacos, pulled pork tacos, beef tacos, great salads, a good hamburger and so much more. Kids love the Green Papaya because of their seats that are actual swings. Great lunch spot, located on the road up to Baula & Dragon Fly.



One More Important Dining Option

ticotogoTico To Go (Facebook)
Tico To Go is one of the best things that ever happened to Tamarindo. Almost every restaurant in Tamarindo is available to you and they will order it, pick it up and deliver it to you for a very nominal fee. Call them up, place your order and head back to the pool, it’ll be there in about 30 minutes. You can order online and view menus at or call them at tico-togo (8426-8646) to place a phone order. Excellent and fast service.


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