Nightlife

JACO’S MOST POPULAR EATS

26Oct
Admit it, trip advisor doesn’t always get it right, especially when it comes to reviewing the best restaurants.  Rule of thumb, eat where the locals go, we know what’s good because we live here, so trust us and check out our local favorites.
Restaurant Pricing
$ = $4-8 Entrees
$$ = $8-15 Entrees
$$$ = $15-25 Entrees*On a budget or looking for some local flavor?  Be sure to check out some local Sodas, which we explain a bit more here.

GRAFFITI

If you are looking for a great meal its hard to go wrong with Graffiti, a consensus Top 5 on any locals list.  Steak and seafood with a bit of a cajun twist.  You’ll love Danny’s coffee crusted filet mignon, among many great menu items.  Terrific wine list, we recommend making reservations in advance.
Price Range: $$$

CHINITA PACIFICA

If you like discovering hidden, local gems, Chinita Pacific is as good as it gets. This SMALL restaurant is a true whole in the wall, but don’t be mislead, the food is terrific and one of the most popular local eats in jaco. The owners cook everything fresh each day, in fact there is no menu, each day there are 2 choices for lunch, the restaurant is very small, but Chinita and her husband make it feel like a small home, its literally like going to a neighbor or families house for lunch each. Homemade pastas and fishes are usually the lunch of choice, breakfast is also available. Lunches are just $6 and they even deliver in Jaco.
Price Range: $


LEMON ZEST

A longtime favorite in Jaco Beach, Lemon Zest never disappoints.  Chef Richard Lemon brings  years of experience, classic techniques, modern presentations, and amazing flavor combinations using the freshest local ingredients.
Price Range: $$$$


LOS AMIGOS

Los Amigos is located right in center of town, its one of our most popular choices for all types.  This casual restaurant and bar is open for lunch and dinner, and is terrific spot for all occasions.
Price Range: $$


PANADERIA ARTESANAL

Also referred to most locals as Leandro’s, this local bakery and cafe is ideal for breakfast, lunch, or enjoying a quick pastry and coffee.  Get your fix of amazing crepes, crossiants, bagels, and much more. Located at the Northern end of Jaco, Panaderia Artesanal continually ranks as one of Jaco’s most favorites spots.
Price Range: $


THE PIZZA SHOP

It’s hard to find any place in town that captures the personality of Jaco better than The Pizza Shop.  Owned by a couple of young surfers, and located in the center of Jaco, the vibe is casual, laidback and friendly.  Besides a variety of pizzas, The Pizza Shop offers sandwiches, wings, beer and more.  Whether its grabbing a quick slice or hanging out for a few beers, The Pizza Shop is definitely a local favorite in Jaco.  Delivery Available!
Price Range: $


TSUNAMI

Tsunami has been delivering some of Jaco’s best sushi for years.  Don’t worry if some in your group don’t like sushi, the menu includes much more including great stir fry, fried rice and much more.  Tsunami typically has some great promotions every night, including half price sushi rolls at least once a week!
Price Range: $$$


TACO BAR

Chances are you saw signs somewhere for the Taco Bar in Jaco Beach.  Fresh ingredients, killer fish tacos, salad bar are served in this great open air surfer vibe restaurant.  Kids and adults love their iconic swing set seats.  Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Be sure to check out their $3 breakfast specials!
Price Range: $$


GREEN ROOM CAFE

Jaco locals were thrilled to see Green Room Cafe make the move from Hermosa and open up in the center of Jaco Beach!  A popular spot for lunch, breakfast and dinner.  Green Room Cafe prides themselves on their fresh and organic ingredients.  Locals just love the relaxed vibe and delicious eats.
Price Range: $$


KAYA BAR & GRILL

Chef Bruno, one of Jaco’s best, recently joined Parrilla Argentina where he brings his excellent touch to the best steaks in town.  Nightly specials always allow Chef Bruno to create something new and typically include the freshest seafood.
Price Range: $$


RUSTICO’S

A Costa Rican Soda is like a U.S. diner, offering local affordable meals for $4-6.  Rustico’s is one of the most popular Soda’s in Jaco, located in the center of town just off the main drag next to Hicaco.  They serve meals cafeteria style so you can choose your sides as you wish.  We definitely suggest you visit at least once!
Price Range: $


SIDE STREET BISTRO

This newer restaurant is a sister restaurant of Graffiti.  Side Street is one of the most popular lunch destinations, but also open for dinner as well.  Local micro brews available, with a long list of gourmet sandwiches and many other tasty eats.
Price Range: $$

Wishbone
This casual spot is popular with surfers and offers Tex-Mex standards and homemade pizzas. However, you can also get excellent fresh fish and perfectly prepared seafood dishes, as well as a variety of sandwiches served in homemade pita bread. The portions are huge. It almost always has fresh tuna lightly seared and served with a soy-wasabi dressing. The nicest tables are streetside on a covered veranda. Inside are more tables, as well as a bar with television sets showing surf videos.

Hicaco
This beachside restaurant has gotten too popular for its own good. There’s now a cattle-car feel to the entire operation, and the food is overpriced and quality has declined. But the setting is simply wonderful: right on the edge of the beach, with the majority of the tables outdoors. At night you sit under the stars, surrounded by tall palm trees, with some interesting lighting overhead. If you do come here, stick with the freshly caught grilled seafood or lobster, although there are plenty of meat and chicken selections on the menu as well.

Rioasis
Rioasis serves hearty burritos, simple pasta dishes, and a wide array of freshly baked wood-oven pizzas. My favorite item is the Greek pizza, with olives, feta cheese, and anchovies, but the barbecue chicken pizza is also delicious. There is both indoor and terrace seating, as well as a bar area, complete with a pool table, dartboards, and a couple of TVs for sports events and surf videos.

El Pelicano
This simple beachfront restaurant is a lot like El Hicaco was before success went to its head. Heavy wooden tables and chairs are spread around a large, open-air dining room facing the beach and boats bobbing at anchor off Playa Herradura. The menu features a range of ceviches, salads, and main courses, with a heavy — and logical — emphasis on fresh seafood. The corvina al ajillo (sea bass in garlic sauce) is excellent, as is the arroz con mariscos (rice with seafood). To get here, drive the Playa Herradura road until you hit the beach, and then turn left on the narrow sandy access road.

Taco Bar
This casual little open-air joint serves up excellent food at great prices. The best option here is to order a one-, two- or three-taco plate with the accompanying salad bar. Choose from fresh fish, chicken, shrimp, calamari, or any combination of them. My favorites are the coconut shrimp and spicy fish fillings. The well-stocked salad bar features a wide range of stand-alone salads, as well as numerous toppings to finish off your tacos. You won’t leave here hungry. There are a few wooden tables outdoors under large umbrellas, but most of the seating is around a large “U”-shaped bar. The seats are either high stools or wood planks hung from ropes, like swings. They also serve breakfast, as well as pizzas and a small selection of full entrees, and offer free Wi-Fi for diners.

Clarita’s
Claritas is the place in Jacó, Costa Rica to eat, drink, party and play on the beach. Clarita’s world famous open-air Beach Bar provides complete sports coverage on 7 large screen satellite TVs, free wi-fi, pool table, darts and music that puts the Waco in Jacó!
http://www.claritashotel.com/bargrill.html

Poseidon
Evening brings life to our active, but quaint restaurant where you can hear the sounds of soft jazz or the passing locals making their way from the beach.
Our chef, Patricia Ferguson, comes straight from Aspen and Denver Colorado. Patricia graduated from Johnson and Wales University in Denver and then spent a summer perfecting her skills at the Little Nell Hotel in Aspen Colorado. She now serves her “asian infused” mahi mahi, tuna, filet migñon and much more here in Jacó Costa Rica. The salad dressings are homemade and the thick pieces of yellow fin tuna are caught fresh daily. We have made the decision to keep a small menu and always focus on the quality of the food served. Patricia changes the menu every few days, so diners will always have a new dish to sample. Allow yourself to read the attached newspaper articles, which will give testimony to the recent notoriety the Hotel Poseidon Restaurant has gained in Jacó and San Jose.
http://www.hotel-poseidon.com/restaurant.htmlSource: www.visitjacocostarica.com

Jaco Nightlife

26Oct

Jaco’s nightlife is world famous, and one of many reasons that this bustling beach town has become the most popular destination in all of Costa Rica!

While most of the countries beach bars seem to close down or die out  at night, it seems that the night time is  when Jaco really comes alive.  Jaco is now only 1hr 20 minutes hours from San Jose, making it the closest and easiest to reach Beach Town from the airport in San Jose (SJO)

While there are many negative reports about Jaco’s past, a lot has been improved in the last 2 years. The addition of a very strict Municipality Police force, cleaning up of the streets and surrounding areas, and overall improvements to protect tourist’s interests have made Jaco an even better and ideal destination.

The general itinerary (for those who like to party) for any given night of the week is as follows:

8:30-12am – Surf Dogs – Great spot for cool, frozen drinks, good food, sports and REGGAE music w/ Watusi band LIVE on Reggae Tuesdays and the always jamming Saturday Reggae Splash party w/ WATUSI !!  Main street JACO !  No cover…pura vbres !!

8:30-12:30am – Cocal Casino & Tiki Bar. With the closing of the once famous Beatle Bar, the crowd and adult party scene has shifted to the Cocal Casino & Resort.  While many “working girls” congregate there, you will find a lot of tourists, couples, and a large mix of nationalities there seven days a week.

10-2:30am: The Monkey Bar / Orchid Room– This is a high energy dance bar that plays Reggaeton, Hip Hop, and other great music. Newly remodeled and under new ownership as of January 2011. Up front is the regular nightclub area and the new Orchid Room in the back serves up VIP club style bottled service in a modern art-deco club atmosphere. Great place to dance, drink and meet all types of people.  Gets crowded by 11pm -. No cover.

10-2:30am Le Loft – A real Jaco Hot Spot. This upscale lounge plays the latest and the best in hip hop and draws an attractive crowd. Great DJ’s,  impeccable service,and  luxurious furnishings  makes this venue very popular amongst local and tourists alike. Bottle service is available in the VIP sections.

10-2:30am – Space Jaco – The latest addition to the Jaco Club scene as of August 2013, by Le Loft group, Located in the center of Jaco on the second floor of El Galeon plaza next to Tsunami Sushi. This is a great, smaller bar/night club that plays the perfect mix of dance music. You’ll find a lot of local females and males here as well as a good mix of tourists.

10:00pm -2:30am -Orange Pub – Located on Main St in the center of Jaco.Located at the former Tabaco, this is a great dance club that gets busy on Thursday through Sundays. Great vibe and mix of locals and tourists.