If you’re a foodie and visiting Costa Rica, then you have to visit Jaco as this beach town arguably has the best food in all of Costa Rica! Since Jaco is a popular tourist and local beach town, you can find the typical $5 USD Costa Rica lunch to a $20 USD burger. With lots of competition and an international community, you can find many excellent restaurants in Jaco.
We lived in Jaco for 6 months so we got to visit many restaurants. We feasted on sushi, chocolate and cacao steak and tuna burgers and enjoyed cheap traditional food. So without further ado, here are our favorite restaurants in Jaco. You will also find a map of the restaurants below. Post updated on March 31, 2020.
Best Restaurants in Jaco
Graffiti Restro Cafe
For high end dining or a romantic dinner, Graffiti Cafe is your place to go. This seafood steak cafe does not hold back on portion size and they use very high quality meat for their steaks and burgers. We’ve had their fish tacos, burger and chocolate and cacao steak – a very unique dish that seemed like an odd combination but it was downright amazing.
It’s best to make a reservation especially during high season and they open at 5 PM.They have other dishes like Tuna tar tar tower, pork chops, veggie plates and have a good variety of wine and cocktails. In our opinion, Graffiti is one of the best restaurants in Jaco and we like to go there for a special night. Prices start at $11 USD and main courses around $15 USD.
PuddleFish Brewery is right next to Graffit and you can order from both menus from either restaurant. They have gourmet pub fare such as nachos, wraps, burgers, fish sandwiches with happy hour from Mon – Thurs 4 to 6 PM and Friday 4 to 7 PM.
We sat at Puddlefish Brewery (they have a more chill, bar atmosphere) and ordered their chicken wing starters, tuna tataki and fish tacos which were all delicious. They also have craft beer and yummy drinks.
Soda Jaco Rustico
For traditional Costa Rican food, Soda Rustico is one of the best restaurants in Jaco, if not the very best. It’s popular among locals since their prices are pretty cheap for such a touristic area. You can get a normal casado (rice, beans, meat and salad) with a drink for about $6-7 USD. It’s buffet style and they have different options every day.
On some days they have soup like olla de carne or seafood soup and it gets super popular for lunch. This is an excellent option for vegetarians because it is buffet style so they can pick and choose whatever they want.
Awesome place for Italian food and it’s right off the main drag downtown so you can people watch. A bit more on the pricey side but worth it. Big portions, homemade bread, pizza and pasta. One of our favorites for Italian food in Costa Rica.
Great place for healthy breakfast and lunch. Really enjoyed their coffee and sandwiches and it’s in a very nice garden setting.
Also a great place for vegetarians and vegans.
The Pizza Shop and Pizza Pata
The Pizza Shop is one of my favorite pizza places in Costa Rica. They make New York style pizza which is my favorite so if you’re craving pizza, then this is the place to go in Jaco. They also deliver and their sandwiches are really good too.
For Yeison, he really likes Pizza Pata. They’re a bit cheaper and have really good pizza too!
This soda is another excellent cheap place to eat typical Costa Rican food. They are cash only but you can get breakfast for as cheap as $4 USD with coffee. Their gallo pinto is in my opinion, actually one of the better ones in Jaco. This soda is also buffet style, they don’t have quite as many options as Soda Rustico but it’s pretty cheap and good.
For yummy fish tacos, burritos and salads, head to Tacobar. They have an all you can eat salad bar and even dessert. Their fish tacos are so good!
They also have $3 USD breakfast which is great if you’re staying somewhere that doesn’t include breakfast.
I am a sucker for sweets and don’t even get me started about pastries! So when Yeison introduced me to Pachi’s Pan, I was delighted. They are a very old bakery, Yeison remembers going there as a kid and though their sandwiches aren’t that great, their sweet pastries are downright delightful.
I love their pañuelos, empanadas and cakes. SO good! And cheap. The caramel ones are my favorite. Yum!
Pachi’s Pan is in downtown across from the Banco Nacional.
Isaga Bar and Restaurant
For good food and a fun night out at a more local place, head to Isaga Bar and Restaurant. Here you’ll experience the typical Costa Rican bar night life. They serve typical food, have cheap beer and savory chiliguaro!
We loved ordering chifrijo and Imperial, two super Costa Rican things to get at a bar and it’s not very expensive at Isaga. We loved bringing our friends here for a more Costa Rican bar experience.
Craving dessert? El Barco has a lot of gelato flavors as well as typical Costa Rican sweets like churchills. Great place for ice cream right in town.
Soda Marea Baja
If you have a car or don’t mind to take a taxi, this soda is a little outside Jaco and is awesome. It’s open 24 hours, buffet style and cheap! All the Ticos go here and for $6 USD, you can get a full lunch/dinner with a drink and all you can eat salad bar.
This was the best place when it was late at night and we didn’t want to go to a bar to eat.
This place is hard to find, it’s tiny and there’s only 1 chef. Which makes it ALL more awesome. Her menu usually only has 2 items (whatever is freshest that day) and it changes every day. The gallo pinto is delicious and we had a chicken pasta dish once that was yummy. Driving to the north end of Jaco through downtown, take the last left onto a small road right before the bridge and it’s a tiny hole in the wall place on the left.
Awesome sushi place in Jaco with 2 for 1 Wednesdays and buy one get one half off for lunch on weekdays. Big portions and one of our favorite places for sushi in Costa Rica and one of the best restaurants in Jaco.
They are on the second level in Jaco Walk.
Croc’s Resort & Casino
The hotel has an excellent cafe with coffee and cakes. We went in there one day to check out the casino and had a coffee and chocolate cake which was delicious!
Jaco Restaurants Map
These are just the restaurants we have gone to lately but there are a ton more excellent restaurants in Jaco which we have heard great things about. I put them all on a map below. One of our favorite places for a relaxing night out is Jaco Walk as there are a bunch of restaurants there, live music on some nights and it’s very family friendly
The only exception to the map is PuddleFish Brewery. On Google Maps, their destination is what I believe is their actual brewery but the restaurant is right next to Graffiti in Jaco Walk.
Jaco travel tips
We have written a few posts about Jaco. These posts below will help you decide if you want to visit Jaco, where to stay, what to do and more! If you’re thinking about living in Jaco, I have a post on that too.
And you can see what the town looks like in our driving video!