Liberia Restaurants & Nightlife
Housed on a small ranch, this intimate eatery is known for its excellent service and tasty fusion cuisine. Co-owners and co-chefs, Paola and Andrea provide a personal touch to Abbocato's dining experience, which is considered one of the most romantic in the Liberia area. Guests are surrounded by beautiful views, which often include monkeys frolicking in the trees. Abbocato's fixed menu is one of the city's best values, offering exquisite dishes like slow-roasted rack of lamb, seared tuna, grilled sesame shrimp, and ginger-pineapple creme brulee.
Named after the famed leatherback sea turtles that come to lay eggs on Costa Rican shores each year, Baulas restaurant is the ideal under-the-radar hangout for inexpensive chicken burritos and beer. It is rarely crowded before 11:00 p.m. Karaoke night seems to happen whenever there are willing participants, and with the cheapest beer in town, who wouldn’t be willing?
Conveniently located in the heart of Liberia, this cozy cafe is the perfect place to enjoy a cup of joe with a friend – or with your computer. Wireless Internet, an extensive book exchange, and foreign newspapers, including The New York Times, are just a few of the comforts Cafe Liberia provides. Portions are medium-sized but light, and include panini-style sandwiches, crepes, soups, bagels, quiches and salads. Located a block south of Banco Nacional.
Run by a friendly woman with Peruvian roots, Cafe Ole offers exquisite pies, tarts, cookies, brownies, sandwiches and coffee milkshakes at reasonable prices. Mosaic tile floors, antique ceiling lamps, and walls filled with art give this isolated nook a welcoming environment. Enormous slices of mouth-watering apple pie, chocolate tiramisu, cheesecake, peach souffle and numerous other treats are offered on a rotating schedule. While extremely small in size, Cafe Ole boasts some of the best brews in all of Liberia and should not be overlooked.
Casa Verde Restaurant and Lounge Bar
Casa Verde is a modestly priced eatery disguised as a posh, elegant restaurant. Water served in green frosted-glass bottles and candle lit tables adorned with fresh flowers help create an elegant ambiance. The chef features a wide variety of dishes that include succulent steak, New Zealand-style fish and chips, and chifrijo (rice, beans, pork, and pico de gallo served in a bowl). Be sure to enjoy a glass of wine or a refreshing mojito while lounging on one of their comfy couches. The establishment is located down a small dirt road next to El Punto hotel, to the left of Plaza Santa Rosa.
Flor de Liz
Flor de Liz is a tranquil and secluded family-operated eatery, offering by far the best meat plates in town. Dishes are so intricate and complex that perusing the menu is like reading a miniature novel. This is a small price to pay for the best beef and most savory wine in the city. Sorento-style fillet medallions come highly recommended. Flor de Liz is located across from Pizza Pronto, two blocks south and one block east of the park.
Inka’s House offers traditional Peruvian dishes ranging from garlic chicken and ceviche to seafood soup and beef tips with tomatoes. All items on the menu come in large portions and are reasonably priced. The location is unbeatable, just in front of the west end of Central Park next to the ice cream shop. The owners are friendly and more than willing to regale you with tales about the history, food, culture and art belonging to their country of origin.
La Mesa de Monique y Andre
Everything about an evening at La Mesa de Monique y Andre (Monique and Andre’s table) is intimate and memorable – and only one party at a time is allowed in the entire restaurant. White port, served in shotglasses adorned with color changing lights, is offered by the pool. Over the course of the evening, guests enjoy four varieties of wine, four appetizers, a soup and a salad, the main course, and lastly a succulent dessert. Such scrupulous and thorough preparation takes days to arrange; for this, La Mesa de Monique y Andre does not accept walk-ins.
Just a few blocks from the central park, Pizza Pronto is well known in town for its fresh, organically grown ingredients. Dine on the patio near the typical Guanacastecan wood-fired ovens, or sit inside the 100 year-old house at thick tables and rustic, wild west-style bar stools. Splurge on a medium pizza, nearly twice the size of a small and only a dollar more. Pizza Pronto offers great vegetarian options – ask for fresh avocado slices on top. They also serve pasta, salad, sandwiches and cold beer. Located two blocks south and one block east of the park, across from Flor de Liz.
This relaxed hangout can be found in the Santa Rosa Plaza, across from Jumbo Supermarket. Here, an Italian/Brazilian couple interestingly boasts the best Mexican food in town. Mazatlan’s most popular plates are the Grande Quesadilla, the Nacho Fiesta, and the Enchilada.
Liberia’s nightlife is on the tame side, but it’s never boring. Here are some worthwhile highlights:
The only real dancing hotspot in Liberia, Kuru is located across the street from the Best Western El Sitio. Kuru is a typical meringue disco with a huge dance floor surrounded by bench-like tables. Cover charge is minimal. Open Thursday through Sunday.
LIB is jam-packed on the weekends, and features distinctive pizza and tasty, albeit pricey, house drinks. LIB headlines local live musicians and dancing on Fridays, so get there early to avoid dense crowds and costly cover charges.