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Cafe y Macadamia

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Cafe, Central American, Costa Rican, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly
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Km 18 Tilaran-Fortuna | Lago Arenal, Costa Rica
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Lewisville, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped here on the way to the Arenal Volcano area. Wonderful iced teas and great pizza! Beautiful views! Yummy desserts!

Thank StrawberryBlnd
Tampa, Florida
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57 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped here on the way back from la Fortuna. Great breakfast and sandwich options with a nice view of lake arena. A little pricey but food was good. Try the Cuban sandwich

Thank dinake
Los Angeles, California
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped because we just had to, we weren't even hungry. We got the Volcan Freeze, a coffee ice blended layered with a chocolate swirl and Costa Rican cinnamon OMG, the BEST!! Also the GIANT chocolate cookies with roasted macademia nuts were the perfect blend of crusty outside and gooey center. The banana macadamia cake with dulce de leche frosting... More 

1 Thank supermom3la
Godalming, United Kingdom
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374 reviews
245 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a quick pit-stop here, en route from La Fortuna to Monteverde. Very peaceful, with a great view of the vast man-made lake abutting Arenal volcano. Friendly service, great cakes and freshly baked bread, a souvenir shop and - most importantly - amazing coffee. Grabbed an iced frappuccino for the van, and wished we could have spent longer, eating... More 

Thank AndrewMorris53
Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here for a breakfast break. Our food, which was so much was absolutely wonderful. When they brought us out our plates - we were shocked at how much food we had. It was so good we pretty much finished it all. If anyone is in the area of this restaurant, please stop here to eat. The breakfast we... More 

Thank chicagopatty12
Bridgnorth, United Kingdom
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280 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 319 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here to coffèe and cake while enroute to aranal. Great rustic place clean toilets excellent coffee and cake to die for. Fantastic views accross the lake and to the volcano.

Thank oakley 56
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This auto stop is absolutely perfect. The view over the lake and the mountains is beautiful. The drinks and cookies are super tasteful. The shop and sitting area is really cosy. If you cross by, you should to stop here.

Thank Cora v
Sunny Portland, OR
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Smoothies, cold coffee drinks, handmade bread, and delicious sweet pastries and several gifts available at this roadside stop. We were lucky to stop here with our transit van on our way between Monteverde and San Jose and then when driving back to the beach, we stopped again! Not quite halfway, but a perfect lunch stop for those driving from the... More 

1 Thank Heatherlyo
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

The transfer driver between Liberia and Arenal (and from Tamarindo back to Liberia) stopped at this lovely little roadside café. We had blended lemonade/basil and green tea/pineapple drinks while sitting on the shady, breezy deck overlooking the lake and listening to howler monkeys in the distanced. The baked goods were delicious and the break from driving the curvy mountain roads... More 

Thank Amanda J
Chippenham, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

A very pleasant place to stop for coffee, tea and snacks with restrooms. Gift shop with local crafts, lovely outside terrace garden overlooking lake from the top of the valley.

Thank Jaxxse

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, Central American, Costa Rican, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget, Scenic view
Open Hours
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Km 18 Tilaran-Fortuna | Lago Arenal, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?