The 8 best Bars & Restaurants in Dominical, Costa Rica
The 8 Best Dominical Restaurants & Bars
Going to Dominical Costa Rica on vacation, and now you are wondering if there are any good bars and restaurants? Yes there are, in fact very nice ones. This article gives you the top 8 Dominical restaurants & bars. We divided the article into the 4 best Dominical restaurants and the 4 best Dominical bars.
We only selected restaurants & bars that are on walking distance within the village of Dominical. You can find the location of the selected restaurants and bars on the map of Dominical that we added to this article.
Map of Dominical, Costa Rica 2017
The best Dominical Restaurants
We selected 4 Dominical restaurants which are all completely different, but are all worthwhile visiting.
11 years of quality Sushi in Dominical
For a long time it was quite difficult to find sushi in Costa Rica, but nowadays it is all around and the quality is getting better. Not surprisingly, because key ingredients as Tuna and Shrimp are caught right here in the Pacific Ocean. Dominical Sushi were ahead of their time, already for 11 years they serve quality Sushi in Dominical. Sushi Rolls are their specialty; they offer special rolls like the Kamikaze Sushi Roll: spicy shrimp, jalapeños, cream cheese, green union and tuna on the outside! Of course you have to try the Tico Roll as well: spicy shrimp, avocado, cucumber – and to make it Tico – mango and sweet plantain on the outside.
Dominical Sushi is located next to the Baru River in Pueblo del Rio at the entrance of Dominical; you can’t miss the big sushi sign on the roof. They are open every day from 1 to 10pm.
Affordable quality Thai food in Dominical
Opened since 2016, Phat Noodle brought affordable quality Thai Food to Dominical, Costa Rica. The seating area is located under a simple but cozy open rancho, from there you can watch the food being prepared in the trendy food truck that serves as kitchen. The menu offers a nice variety of healthy dishes; also quite some vegan options. Worried about the food being too spicy? At Phat Noodle you can choose how ‘hot’ you want to have it and they mark clearly which dishes are most spicy. Just reading their menu will make you hungry, like the description of their most popular dish ‘Pad Thai’: blend of lime juice, cane sugar & Thai fish sauce tossed with carrots cabbage, spring onions & peppers with peanuts & ribbons of omelet on gluten free rice noodles. Choice of pulled pork, chicken, beef, chickpeas, tofu, fish, shrimp or calamari.
They also serve craft beer on tap and from 4:30 to 6:30pm they have 2 for 1 Daiquiri happy hour (or free tempura green beans with other drinks). Live music frequently.
Phat Noodle is located left from the entrance to Dominical (a bit in the back). Normally they are open every day from 11am to 9pm (in low season: Sunday 11am-3pm, Monday 5 to 9pm, Tuesday to Saturday 11:30am to 9pm).
El Rancho Restaurant
Best steak in Dominical
El Rancho Restaurant is a bit out of the way compared to the other restaurants. It is located a 8 to 10 minute walk from the Dominical entrance (besides the River Baru). Nevertheless, the walk is worth it (of course you can also drive). El Rancho Restaurant in Dominical is most likely the best all-round restaurant; it offers something for everybody and they use only quality ingredients. El Rancho is the best restaurant in Dominical to eat steak; the Argentinian Churrasco and Tenderloin are just fabulous. Another excellent dish is the delicious Sesame Tuna Medallion and their Hamburger is probably the best in Dominical. Want to try some local food; order the Casado! They also offer a kids menu.
Best happy hour in Dominical
The restaurant also has a cozy bar with sports programming and pool billiards. Although more a restaurant than a bar; the bar offers the best happy hour deals in Dominical: USD 2,- local beers, USD 3,- glass of wine (house) or a cocktail for USD 3,-; choose from tequila sunrise, screwdriver, margarita or caipirinha. Happy hour is from 3 to 5pm, Sunday to Friday.
El Rancho Restaurant is located besides the River Baru in Hotel Villas Rio Mar and is open 365 days a year from 7am to 9:30pm, so also offering breakfast and lunch. Restaurant guests may use the swimming pool of the hotel (when spending a minimum of just 5000 colones at the bar restaurant).
Del Mar Taco Shop
Go here for your Taco fix!
This great little restaurant has a cool food truck vibe (but without the truck). Delicious tacos and burritos prepared with great care. Del Mar Taco Shop in Dominical uses fresh products as much as possible and many things are homemade. Like their homemade Taco chips; try it just with Guacamole; it is the best! Eat it together with one of Del Mar’s homemade fruit drinks; like the all-natural mixed berry iced tea or the mango smoothie with fresh mango (something you rarely see). During high season they also offer BBQ specials with delicious homemade sauces like teriyaki and special Hawaiian sauce. In low season – from April to November – they have Taco Tuesdays; just 1000 colones for the Taco of your choice. Del Mar Taco Shop also offers a Kids menu. Cash only (US dollars also excepted).
Del Mar Taco Shop is located on the south side of Dominical a little more south from the police station. They are normally open every day from 11am to 9pm (low season 11:30am to 4pm).
“El Rancho Restaurant in Dominical is most likely the best all-round restaurant; it offers something for everybody and they use only quality ingredients.”
The best Dominical Bars
What are the best places in Dominical to have a drink? We made a nice selection of 4 Dominical bars that – depending on your preference – are worthwhile going to.
Fuego Brew Co
Craft beer made in Dominical
Dominical is home to one of the best micro-breweries of Costa Rica; Fuego Brew Co makes delicious craft beers. They make up to 20 different beers of all kind of types; Session IPA, Pilsener, Amber, Pale Ale and Hefeweizen. Not all 20 are always on tap but they always offer a good selection, including special brews like their unique Guanabana Heizeweize (guanabana is a common local fruit). We recommend the Talok Session IPA. But you can also just order the ‘beer flight’ to find out what you like; this a great tasting set of 6 beers. Fuego Brew Co is located in a stunning Bali-style building. The bar restaurant is located above the brewery and looks out over where the Baru River meets the Pacific Ocean; great sunsets from here! Fuego Brew Co in Dominical also offers nice dishes that go well with one of their craft beers. Try their delicious Italian style pizza! Besides beer, they make some awesome cocktails and they serve the best house wine in Dominical. Fuego Brew Co is not the cheapest option to have a drink; but from 4:30pm to 6pm they have happy hour! 1 dollar off on their craft beers, cocktails or house wine. Live music frequently.
To enter the parking area of Fuego Brew Co you have to go through the gate next to Danyasa Yoga Retreat on the main road in Dominical. They are normally open every day from 11:30am to 10:30pm (low season Friday to Sunday 11:30am to 10:30pm).
The best beach bar of Dominical
Tortilla Flats in Dominical has been a long time favorite among both locals as visitors. Located right at the beach it always kept its laid back beach bar feel where surfers walk in and out and reggae music comes from the speakers. Have a drink at the nice wooden horseshoe shaped bar that gives you a good view of the beach and the people walking by. Want something special to drink; try out their signature Basil Passion Fruit Margarita! Tortilla Flats also offers food (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and for finger food we recommend their Calamari with Tropical Sauce! Live music frequently.
To visit Tortilla Flats just go to the beach road in Dominical and go north, you will see it at your righthand side. They are normally open every day from 7am to 10pm (low season 12 to 21pm)
Enjoy the sunset with an ice cold beer and good pizza
The bar at Rio Lindo is a long time favorite among expats. It has a nice view over the Baru River towards the Pacific Ocean and the sunset shines beautifully into the bar restaurant. You can play pool billiards and darts in Rio Lindo. They also have a swimming pool which is host to the weekly pool parties on Sunday (December to April); from 3pm you can enjoy the swimming pool, listen to live music and watch the NFL football matches while enjoying those delicious BBQ ribs! Besides the Sunday pool party, Rio Lindo has happy hour every day from 4:30 to 6:30pm: Chiliguaro for just 600 colones and a daily drink special. Try out their signature drink ‘River Water’, a lovely mix of rum and several fruit juices! Rio Lindo also offers food; they’re known for having the best Pizza in Dominical (American style).
Rio Lindo is located on the righthand side when entering Dominical (next to the Rum Bar and Delicias). They are normally open every day from 11:30am to 10pm, the kitchen closes at 9pm (low season 1 to 10pm).
If you want to go out late, the Rum Bar is the place to be in Dominical; it stays open until 2am. They open at 4:30pm but normally it gets crowed later when the restaurants in Dominical are closing. The Rum Bar attracts both tourists and locals. You can play darts and pool billiards. They have live music or a DJ frequently. The Rum Bar has happy hour every day from 4:30 to 8:30pm: just 1500 colones on cocktails with rum in it! They are known for making the best Chiliguero in Dominical. The Rum Bar is located almost directly on the righthand side when entering Dominical (next to Delicias).
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