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El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens

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$$ - $$$
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, International, Spanish, Contemporary, South American
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Monteverde Lodge & Gardens | 400 mtrs east uphill from the Frog Pond, entrance on the right hand side of the road., Santa Elena, Costa Rica
+506 2645 5057
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06:00 - 22:00
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Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great service, an entire birthday cake for my husband's birthday. Monkeys on our windows at breakfast. Cozy fire at happy hour with snacks and good local beers. Breakfast included generous plates of toast, fruit, and jams.

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Thank Sparrow M
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Sparrow M, We are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your husband's birthday celebration in the Butterfly Garden. Travel in itself is a celebration, but if there is a celebration occasion while you are guests at the lodge, we love to plan surprises, parties, cakes and special tours. Just let us know we'll make it happen! Natalie Ewing... More 

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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were lucky enough to stay at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens (beautiful!) and dined at the hotel twice for dinner and twice for breakfast. Everything we had was phenomenal. I eat meat, but their vegetarian entrees range from about $12-$15 and were honestly better than the alternatives! They were so creative and had great flavor. We had our favorite meal... More 

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Thank Amanda B
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Amanda B, Thank you for sharing how much you enjoyed our vegetarian options. We are thrilled that your best meal in Costa Rica was at Monteverde Lodge. For people that are curious about our food, our menu's and prices are posted on the Monteverde Lodge & Gardens website. Buen Provecho! Natalie Ewing Director Marketing & Guest Satisfaction More 

birmingham
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61 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ate dinner here on our first night's stay. We were sat at a table and ordered our food, then the table next to the open fire left and we asked if we could be moved next to the fire, which involved a fair amount of effort from the staff but nothing was too much trouble. Service was very good... More 

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Thank Michelle137
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Michelle137, It's great to hear that you enjoyed your dinner and your table by the open fire place. I'm delighted that you joined us on a night when it was possible for the staff to make the table change. We do everything possible to give guests the tables that they want, by the fireplace, by the window. We can't... More 

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34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed at the lodge and saw the reviews so we decided to try the restaurant. I had the tuna carpaccio as a starter and the ribeye steak, both were good to average. The service is very good but you can eat on others restaurants that have better food and prices.

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Thank Goncalo S
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this review

Goncalo S, Thank you for letting us know that it didn't go so well for you. We have shared your review with the kitchen and I know that our Executive Chef, Federico Barrantes will be on it. Natalie Ewing Director Marketing & Guest Satisfaction More 

Wigan
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ask for less salt but overall very good. Needs a better choice of beer and they could do with more vegetable sides.

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Thank RichieGraham89
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear RichieGraham89, We appreciate you taking the time to tell us what it was about the food that you didn't enjoy. We will take your suggestions to heart! Natalie Ewing Director Marketing & Guest Satisfaction More 

Ridgewood, New Jersey
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed at hotel and had our best dinner of the trip here. Service was great and food was awesome. Highly recommended....

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Thank johnaa32
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear johnaa32, We are delighted to hear that your dinner at El Jardin was the best dinner of your vacation! For people reading this and wondering about our food, the restaurant is located at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, also found here on Trip Advisor. Our menu's and prices are posted on our site. Buen Provecho, Natalie Ewing Director Marketing &... More 

San Mateo, California
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

The restaurant has a nice atmosphere with many windows open to the gentle breezes and jungle sounds. For breakfast, I tried the Typico (Typical Costa Rican breakfast), which included 2 eggs, rice with beans, fried plantain, and cheese). It was rather tasteless but filling. The coffee was excellent. Another morning I had the pancakes, which tasted like someone forgot the... More 

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Thank macsback
Camila R, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear macsback, I’m sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your breakfast; I wish you had let us know while you were at the restaurant, we would have been happy to make it right! For the readers that are considering a meal at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, our complete menu is published on our site, each... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

I just wrote about the restaurant in the hotel review, but needless to say it was really excellent. The restaurant staff were friendly, and the food was unique and delicious. If you stay in this area check out this place it is excellent...if you stay at the Lodge and Gardens, eat at the hotel restaurant...you will love it!

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Thank Dave G
Camila R, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Dave G, Wow! It is great to hear that you liked very much our restaurant, so much that you have write in both places. El Jardin Resturant is Monteverde Lodge & Gardens’ restaurant. Our food is what a Costa Rican grandmother would cook if she was also a creative and contemporary professional chef. Our menu's are posted on the... More 

Massillon, Ohio
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

The food and service were excellent. We ate three meals a day here for several days and tried almost everything on the menu. Each meal was very good. The view of the grounds is very nice and you can watch wildlife as you have your meal.

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Thank fbskal
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear fbskal, You mentioned that you stayed for several nights and tried just about everything on our menu. For people reading this that are curious about those menu's if you go to the website for Monteverde Lodge & Gardens (also featured here on Trip Advisor) you will find our website. The website has all of our menu's and prices. One... More 

Sunny Portland, OR
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

For residents of the hotel, there is free breakfast provided - you can see my glowing review of the hotel on another review, but we also enjoyed one lunch and one dinner during our stay and everything was delicious! For dinner, I opted for a gnocci which was absolutely delicious. I almost licked the plate, and wouldn't share with my... More 

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Thank Heatherlyo
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this review

Heatherlyo, You made me laugh when you said that you almost licked your plate! Although pasta is not a Costa Rican dish, we do it quite well! Our Executive Chef, Federico Barrantes, lived and worked in France and has traveled quite a lot in Europe, one of the many benefits we have from his experience is really yummy pasta! As... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$25
Cuisine
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, International, Spanish, Contemporary, South American
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
06:00 - 22:00
Monday
06:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
06:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
06:00 - 22:00
Thursday
06:00 - 22:00
Friday
06:00 - 22:00
Saturday
06:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Monteverde Lodge & Gardens | 400 mtrs east uphill from the Frog Pond, entrance on the right hand side of the road., Santa Elena, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Monteverde  >  Santa Elena
  • Phone Number: +506 2645 5057
Description
The service style is personalized, informal, caring. Our food is what a Costa Rican grandmother would cook if she was also a creative and contemporary professional chef. The atmosphere is quiet,laid back and tranquil with an open fireplace. No background music. Reservations recommended.

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