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El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens

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$$ - $$$
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
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Monteverde Lodge & Gardens | 400 mtrs east uphill from the Frog Pond, entrance on the right hand side of the road., Santa Elena, Costa Rica
+506 2645 5057
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Rome, Lazio, Italy
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Shared a pleasant meal and drink at this place. View from window table was nice, as were the starter drinks. We had the Sugar Cane Kebab, the Grilled Octopus with pumpkin and potatoes, the plantain crepes and the ice cream cake. I would say that this is probably the best you will find in the area presentationally. Fairly priced as... More 

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Thank Austin R
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Austin R, We are delighted to hear that you would return to El Jardin. The dishes that your ordered are among our guests favorites, especially the Sugar Cane Kebab. For readers that are curious, you will find our menu's and prices posted on the website for Monteverde Lodge & Gardens. Buen Provecho! Natalie Ewing Director Marketing & Guest Satisfaction More 

Seattle, Washington
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
RESTAURANT'S FAVORITE REVIEW
Reviewed March 7, 2017

Restaurants that rely on hotel guests for their business are often mediocre, That is not the case with El Jardin. Our group of 4 ate here three nights in a row and very much enjoyed the experience. We did not feel that we missed anything by not heading into town to eat at a different restaurant. The various menu items... More 

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Union Bridge, Maryland
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed at Monte Verdi lodge so we had dinner here twice.My wife had sea bass first nite and I had sugar cane beef kabob.The sea bass was good but the kabob was great so much so that my wife had that the next nite and I had to have beef again the next nite and I was not disappointed... More 

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Thank 189tony
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear 189tony, Thanks for sharing how much you enjoyed the sugar cane kabob, it's one of the our guests favorite dishes, we can hardly keep enough sugar cane at the lodge! The tenderloin is also a favorite. You could have had our blackberry and coffee sauce or a chimichurri sauce with yours. We hope to see you in Monteverde again,... More 

Honalulu, Hawaii
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Located in the beautiful Monteverde Lodge, walking distance to the town of Santa Elena, is this little gem of a restaurant. For the price of far inferior restaurants, you can dine in a beautiful setting, with the light of a fireplace to warm your table. The seafood was fresh and expertly prepared and the food has tasty spices and herbs... More 

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Thank JAGJOSH77
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear JAGJOSH77, You're right, the grilled octopus and mashed pumpkin is a favorite! I'm really glad to hear that you enjoyed it. For people that are curious about our menus, they are posted on the Monteverde Lodge & Gardens website. We offer dinner in our interior Butterfly Garden at not additional charge, but a reservation well in advance is required.... More 

Ashtead, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good varied menu at this restaurant - more than the standard local food. Good ingredients, well cooked and served by attentive staff.

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Thank Maurice P
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Maurice P, Thank you for sharing how much you enjoyed our food. The way we describe it is this. Our food is what a Costa Rican grandmother would cook if she was also a creative and contemporary professional chef. Buen Provecho! Natalie Ewing Director Marketing & Guest Satisfaction More 

Oslo, Norway
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34 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This nice hotel restaurant served the best meals we ate in Costa Rica. We tried breakfast, lunch and dinner and it was all good. The menu is small, but the selection and ingredients are excellent. The wine selection is also small and pricey as everywhere in CR, but being European it feels bad to paid 45 $ for a 7... More 

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Thank Whitewaterluksus
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Whitewaterluksus, We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay and our staff, and specially honored to read how much you enjoyed our food. “The best food we ate in Costa Rica”, wow. For those interested on our menu, you can go to our site and click on the “Food” tab. As far as our wine list, of... More 

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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed April 13, 2017

Not a tree house, but you kind of get the feeling you are perched among the trees. The staff is incredibly friendly -- they knew our names at almost every interaction -- and very helpful arranging excursions. The restaurant food was excellent. Highly recommend.

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Thank Reid B
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Reid B, Grate to know you enjoyed the restaurant, the food , the staff and Monteverde Lodge & Gardens (home of El Jardin Restaurant). For people that are curious about the restaurant, out menu's are published on the Monteverde Lodge website, we are open to the public for breakfast, lunch, sunset cocktails and dinner. Buen Provecho! Natalie Ewing Director... More 

Portland, ME
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165 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed April 4, 2017

We stayed two nights at the Lodge and had two breakfasts and dinners, all excellent. Good selection at breakfast, including fresh fruit plate and homemade bread. Dinner selection very good, too, wit nice wine list. Very attentive staff.

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Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear oldmayor, Thank you for sharing how much you enjoyed the food. Breakfast is included in the price of the room and is not your typical buffet. You get to choose from an a la carte menu with 8 different plated options. For more detail go to the Monteverde Lodge & Gardens website and check out menu options. Vacation Time... More 

Battle Ground, Washington
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3 reviews
Reviewed April 1, 2017

Family of 4 ate dinner here. Make sure to make reservations. The food was great, the staff is friendly and most speak English well enough to get by. Definitely going to spend double $$ here than most places in town, but worth it. Daytime views are great, but would be nice to light up garden more at night.

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Thank Sof_family
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Sof_family, It's great to know that you had such great meals at El Jardin. For readers, it is important to make reservations if you're traveling at busy times, mostly over the holidays and Easter. Other times of year you normally don't need reservations. As far as our prices, there are place you can eat in town for less, but... More 

Detroit, Michigan
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158 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 268 helpful votes
Reviewed March 29, 2017

OK dinner - we were probably jaded by having had excellent local food - and lots of it (perhaps too much). Four of us shared 2 small pizzas and a salad. Remember, one does not go to Costa Rica for pizza. Breakfast on the other hand was very good, especially the sweet local empanada-like pastry and lots of fresh fruit.... More 

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Thank Lukehead
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Lukehead, I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the breakfast, we offer full menu options as part of the room rate. Our menus are posted on the website for Monteverde Lodge & Gardens. As far as the pizza, while guests and especially kids have said they loved our pizza, I have to agree that Costa Rica is not the place... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$8 - $25
Cuisine
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Scenic view, Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Monteverde Lodge & Gardens | 400 mtrs east uphill from the Frog Pond, entrance on the right hand side of the road., Santa Elena, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Monteverde  >  Santa Elena
  • Phone Number: +506 2645 5057
Description
The service style is personalized, informal, caring. Our food is what a Costa Rican grandmother would cook if she was also a creative and contemporary professional chef. The atmosphere is quiet,laid back and tranquil with an open fireplace. No background music. Reservations recommended.

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