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Budda Cafe

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Main Street besides ICE Building, Tortuguero 70206, Costa Rica
+506 2709 8084
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Montepulciano, Italy
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Budda Cafe stands out with its riverside location, good food and great staff. Are there twice and both times excellent.

Thank Peter J
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We ordered the special, two Mojitos and a hummus platter, and then we each had a Greek salad. Everything was outstanding including the quiet ambience and breeze overlooking the bay. The hummus was fresh and homemade and probably the best we ever had. One of the few places in Tortuguero to take credit cards.

Thank Steven B
Berlin, Germany
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18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Not as cheap as a classical soda in Costa Rica but Budda Cafe offers excellent food, both international and local specialties, refreshing drinks and on top an awesome view on the river. Check it at sunset!

Thank Nat B
Magliano Sabina, Italy
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209 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived at 7.30 pm to find the door closed - full, including 2 groups but our Host kindly let us in, served us a large, excellent Mojito and asked if we minded waiting a while - no problem when you are on holiday! Food was excellent - we had a seafood crepe and a pizza (crust as thick or... More 

Thank Jocelyn S
Montreal, Canada
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37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The place is clean and the terrace is located on the canal. The cerveza is served very cold at a reasonable price. What else could you ask for when you need rest?

Thank Easytraveler450
Toronto, Canada
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place will take your breath away if you see it in all its sunshiney glory. We traveled here with a large group (20ppl) and they accommodated us so well! The langostines are delicious, as is the pasta. That is all I personally ate, but I did not hear a single complaint at our entire table (how rare is that... More 

Thank Atheris510
Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I spent some time at the cafe where I did not eat ,however I had several drinks and the ambience of sitting by the river was fantastic. The cafe was clean and so were the rest rooms I would recomend a visit to sample the ambience of the location of the cafe.

1 Thank Davies619
Stockholm, Sweden
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100 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a nice restaurant by the water. The food is good. I eat an small pizza and had a beer and cola. 17$ in total, quit pricey. The staff was friendly but slow and forgot our order, we hade to ask for both our drinks and food. Friends of my had been here earlier and the got better and... More 

Thank Susan L
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55 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

It is an oasis of loveliness right in the centre of the main pathway in Tortuguero, so very easy to find. A delightful atmosphere on entering, where the decor is enhanced with textiles from Guatemala and jazz music is soothingly playing in the background to add to the carefully planned atmosphere in a place which directly overlooks the river with... More 

1 Thank JuaniJayne
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

We came to Budda Café twice during our stay in Tortuguero: once for a quick lunch (very good hummus plate) and once for a cocktail on New Year's Eve. We liked the view on the river and the friendly atmosphere. It is not a typical "Tico" restaurant, but we liked it too.

Thank Jessica V

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$25
Italian, Mediterranean, European
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Street besides ICE Building, Tortuguero 70206, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Limon  >  Tortuguero
  • Phone Number: +506 2709 8084

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