Morphos trademark blue butterflies adorn the walls throughout the landmark restaurant in downtown Santa Elena. Inside, metallic butterfly chandeliers illuminate the dining room underneath a uniquely designed roof that looks like a rolling wave. The restaurant's intricate hand-painted rainforest landscape includes trees painted two-stories high, toucans and monkeys. Starting back in 1996 as a small vegetarian place, Morphos transformed into a full-scale omnivorous two-story restaurant attracting curious tourists and locals alike.read more close
The food at Morphos is an eclectic mix of Costa Rican classics like casado plus comfort food including cheeseburgers (freshly ground daily), subs and pasta. I had the fried pork loin in a- mango, tamarind sauce – though the cut was a little gristly – served with golden, roasted potatoes and steamed, mixed vegetables.
Relaxed and light-hearted, decorated with intricate hand-painted rainforest landscapes two-story tall, toucans and monkeys; a pleasant second-story patio overlooking an orchid garden and candle-lit tables.
The staff is outgoing and not above joking around with the guests. Servers go the extra mile to meet guests' desires. I watched them bring out giant glasses (filled with three beers) to a group of German tourists looking for more than just a regular pint glass of beer.
11 a.m.-10 p.m.
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