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Restaurante Carolina

Restaurante Carolina

Destination: Puerto Jimenez

In business for more than 30 years, Carolinas offers Costa Rican classics, fresh squeezed juice and free Wi-Fi along the main drag in the heart Puerto Jimenez.

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Gerardo Soto inherited the land from his father and named it after his niece. Since its construction, it's been a meeting place for locals and travelers alike. For those looking to dine on inexpensive, traditional Costa Rican food or just wanting to check Facebook, Carolinas blends authenticity and modernity among its tranquil, open-air seating.

Local chefs smash unripe plantains into crispy, little fried pancakes called patacones then serves them up with your choice of black beans, or the restaurant's housemade ceviche. As in most sodas, Carolinas has a variety of dishes including chicken fried rice, pasta, chicken beef and pork. For breakfast, they make granola, pancakes, mixed rice and beans (gallo pinto) scrambled eggs and even huevos rancheros. They also makes thirst-quenching juices squeezed from local fruits including watermelon, pineapple and tamarind.


The open-air restaurant situated along one of the main arteries in Puerto Jimenez makes a great spot for people watching. You'll catch locals mingling beside backpackers dining and the local ex-pats kicking back a few ice cold beers.


Super friendly localsĀ  comprise the staff, but can be a little forgetful in terms of service. Just give 'em a break and soak in the local flavor.


Breakfast $2-$6. Lunch and Dinner $5-$10.


6 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day.

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