We're so happy that you'll be visiting our beautiful Turrialba town that we want you to make the most out of your visit. And since food is a key part of your experience; I mean, you need to eat at some point, right? You might as well make it worth the while and try some local food. Plus, we hope you didn't come all the way to Costa Rica to compare if the Whopper tastes the same here, or if we call the quarter pounder some crazy "exotic" name like Royale with Cheese (we don't).
Here are some of our favorite places to eat well, in Turrialba without overpaying:
Bocadito del Cielo
Rustic design, beautiful sights and family ambiance
This one is in Cervantes, about 40mins away from Turrialba town center, which makes it a perfect stop if you're driving into or out of Turrialba. They have the best "tortillas de queso" (corn dough and cheese tortilla) in the area.
Restaurante y Parrillada Betico Mata
Well-known steak house in the area.
They speciality is the grill, but you'll find plenty of options to choose from on the menu such as sandwiches, hamburgers, ceviche and even tacos. The cocktails are really good as well, and sometimes on the weekends they have live music. Check out their facebook page to see if there are any upcoming events.
Fresh, homemade and organic
Fusion food from different countries. The place is cozy and service is great, they aimed to bring a wider range of flavors and experiences to Turrialba, and are rocking at it!
Cafe bar & pizza
The dimm lights and plants everywhere make me feel right at home. The pizzas are delicious and the prices are even better. Ask for the specials, they sometimes have promos with pizzas+drinks
Coffee and bakery
The chill music and the vintage parafernalia in this legendary coffee shop will bring you back in time. They've been in business since 1926, so they ought to be good! Merayo grew to be a chain of bakeries around Costa Rica, but it all started here in Turrialba.
Although we recommend it for coffee time, they're also open for breakfast and lunch.
Soda La Hulera
Local and inexpensive
“Sodas” are small family-owned restaurants where you’ll find inexpensive and delicious home-cooked meals. La Hulera is located right in front of the University of Costa Rica campus, so if you remember those days of pinching pennies in college -or if you are still on those golden years when the party budget was the priority- you’d know that eating around the local university is a good idea if you’re on a tight budget. Weather you’re traveling on a shoestring or just want to mingle with the local crowd, this is a good place get an authentic taste of the costarican lunch time.