In and around San Gerardo de Rivas there are lots of food options with varying menus and prices. You can definitely find the ubiquitous hamburgers, fries and nachos but worth trying as well – local fresh trout, traditional Costa Rican rice dishes picadillos and fresh tortillas with cheese, and even gourmet platters that fuse local produce with more intricate culinary styles.
What you can be sure of is that the vegetables are all grown locally and often organically, eggs came from the hen just a few hours ago and cheese is made from locally produced milk. We live in abundance in Costa Rica – try the flavors and discover some new recipes to take home.
All the hotels listed have their own restaurants – check out their pages to learn about their styles, hours and specialties. There are also a few restaurant-only establishments listed alone or also on this page.
In San Gerardo de Rivas…
Rio Restaurante Tel: 2742 5110
Rio Restaurante is a budget-priced family restaurant next to the river in San Gerardo de Rivas. The menu includes international cuisine, and features delicious varieties of pizza. They also provide take out and home delivery services. The fully licensed restaurant frequently features live music and is a great place to host a party as there is lots of space.
Location: 50 meters north of MINAE (ranger station), at the crossroads of Herradura and San Gerardo
Cocolisos Truchero (506) 2742-5023 or (506) 2742-5054
A San Gerardo claim to fame! Its own family fishing attraction. The trout-filled pools are surrounded by brilliant tropical plants and the open dining area.
Features: Fish your own meal – staff will prepare your fish ready to take home, or you can enjoy it right there with home-cooked accompaniments: rice, fries, salad and fresh fruit juice.
Located: on the road to Barrio Chispa. From the plaza in San Gerardo walk 250m up the road. At the fork turn left and walk about 100m. Los Cocolisos is on your right.
Hours: Open Saturday and Sunday 9a.m. – 6p.m. For visits during weekdays please call ahead.
Jardines Secretos (Secret Gardens) (506) 2742-5086 or (506) 8451-3001
The Secret Gardens includes a small restaurant offering typical Costa Rican meals. Breakfast includes homemade bread and your choice of beverage. The price is $6 (3,000 colones). Lunch and dinner includes your choice of beverage and a house dessert. The price is $8 (4,000 colones).
Please call ahead for a reservation, especially if you are bringing a large group: (506) 2742-5086 or (506) 8451-3001.
This is a seasonal restaurant – open during high season – January – March and otherwise closed. Offers all things Italian featuring freshly made pizza. Enjoy beautiful views and plenty of birds from the open air back patio.
Located in the centre of San Gerardo – opposite the church and school.
In Canaan de Rivas…
Buy locally produced fine cheeses made by the Mata family of Canaan. You can take a tour and make your own cheese or simply buy your choice of plain, herbed or spicy Swiss cheese, mozzarella, ricotta or yogurt. All their cheeses are made from milk produced in Canaan.
Located on the right as you drive through Canaan from San Gerardo, or call: 2742-5125
Panes Artesanales la Estrella (506) 2742-5115 or (506) 8879-6538
This craft bakery specializes in various types of sourdough bread and gluten free flours made from yuca, plantain, ñampi. They also offer pastries, desserts, cheese, and dairy products. The bakery is open with express service on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Sundays, they serve a Domincal Brunch from 9 to noon for 2,500 colones, which includes an appetizer, main course, and a drink.
Located next to Bar Las Estrellas, across from the church, in the center of Canaán.