Most people come to Santa Teresa, Costa Rica to soak in the tropical sunshine, stroll the pristine
beaches, and surf world-class waves – but one of the best surprises about this little beach town is
its huge selection of amazing restaurants! Visitors to Pura Vida Adventures surf and yoga retreat
are especially lucky, with beachfront accommodations within walking distance of the best
restaurants in town (plus a culinary destination right inside their hotel).
Locally sourced seafood arrives at Santa Teresa’s restaurants daily, so fresh fish is a must-try
during your visit. Here we’ve compiled a list of the best seafood restaurants in Santa Teresa,
Costa Rica that are highly recommended by the staff at Pura Vida Adventures surf and yoga
retreat. The last spot has one of the best views in town!
The most established and talked-about restaurant in Santa Teresa, Koji’s has become a
destination in itself. With heavenly sushi and nigiri (and much, much more), Koji’s fills up every
night with hungry locals, tourists, and the occasional celebrity on vacay. The candlelit setting in
a garden feels exclusive but not fussy, although reservations are definitely required. The
carefully curated menu is massive, but you really can’t go wrong with any dish. Order the spicy
sesame tuna or the night’s special carpaccio, then try the signature Hermosa roll or Koji roll and
indulge from there. Enjoy it all with a perfectly prepared cocktail on the rocks.
Tucked away from the main road and surrounded by lush jungle, Casa del Mar has a lovely
ambiance and a big menu of fresh seafood cooked to perfection. The catch of the day comes
prepared in four delicious ways (your choice), and the wasabi tuna steak is a star of the menu. Casa
del Mar is also a prime spot to enjoy lobster, mussels, and creative specials inspired by
traditional Spanish cooking. Reservations suggested.
With a sophisticated menu inspired by different Asian cultures, Katana has something for
everyone—but the seafood dishes are what can’t be missed. The green curry with white fish is a
Santa Teresa favorite, as are many of the tasty sushi rolls. Creative new dishes are also always on
offer, such as fresh red snapper carpaccio with passion fruit ponzu, smoked avocado, and star
fruit. With a strong local following, this lively restaurant is always packed, but the excellent
service keeps things moving. Order a round of cocktails and a bit of everything to share for a fun
night out. Reservations required.
Specializing in ceviche – a Latin American dish typically made from fresh raw fish cured in
fresh citrus dishes – La Cevicheria is a great way to taste the freshest fish caught on this
stretch of coastline. The vibe is very casual, and the friendly owner makes guests feel right at
home. Get a custom-made ceviche with all your favorite flavors or try the popular Mexichino
Ceviche with red snapper and octopus, served with fried plantains. For bigger appetites, the
whole fried fish is an epic experience. Wash it all down with an ice-cold craft beer.
The only restaurant on this list with an ocean view, Shambala is located inside the beachfront
Hotel Tropico Latino, the home of Pura Vida Adventures surf and yoga retreat. Guests of the
retreat eat most of their meals at this elegant farm-to-table restaurant that sits directly in front of
a beloved local surf spot. Fresh lunchtime salads are topped with grilled mahi mahi and dinner
plates feature a perfectly cooked catch of the day filet. On Saturday nights the beach comes alive
when the chef hosts a big seafood BBQ beneath the stars and guests dance to live music. What better place to call home on your surf retreat in Costa Rica?