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El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens

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$$ - $$$
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, International, Contemporary
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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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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not a tree house, but you kind of get the feeling you are perched among the trees. The staff is incredibly friendly -- they knew our names at almost every interaction -- and very helpful arranging excursions. The restaurant food was excellent. Highly recommend.

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

Dear Reid B, Grate to know you enjoyed the restaurant, the food , the staff and Monteverde Lodge & Gardens (home of El Jardin Restaurant). For people that are curious about the restaurant, out menu's are published on the Monteverde Lodge website, we are open to the public for breakfast, lunch, sunset cocktails and dinner. Buen Provecho! Natalie Ewing Director... More 

Seattle, Washington
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
RESTAURANT'S FAVOURITE REVIEW
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Restaurants that rely on hotel guests for their business are often mediocre, That is not the case with El Jardin. Our group of 4 ate here three nights in a row and very much enjoyed the experience. We did not feel that we missed anything by not heading into town to eat at a different restaurant. The various menu items... More 

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Portland, ME
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164 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed two nights at the Lodge and had two breakfasts and dinners, all excellent. Good selection at breakfast, including fresh fruit plate and homemade bread. Dinner selection very good, too, wit nice wine list. Very attentive staff.

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

Dear oldmayor, Thank you for sharing how much you enjoyed the food. Breakfast is included in the price of the room and is not your typical buffet. You get to choose from an a la carte menu with 8 different plated options. For more detail go to the Monteverde Lodge & Gardens website and check out menu options. Vacation Time... More 

Battle Ground, Washington
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Family of 4 ate dinner here. Make sure to make reservations. The food was great, the staff is friendly and most speak English well enough to get by. Definitely going to spend double $$ here than most places in town, but worth it. Daytime views are great, but would be nice to light up garden more at night.

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

Dear Sof_family, It's great to know that you had such great meals at El Jardin. For readers, it is important to make reservations if you're traveling at busy times, mostly over the holidays and Easter. Other times of year you normally don't need reservations. As far as our prices, there are place you can eat in town for less, but... More 

Detroit, Michigan
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158 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 267 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

OK dinner - we were probably jaded by having had excellent local food - and lots of it (perhaps too much). Four of us shared 2 small pizzas and a salad. Remember, one does not go to Costa Rica for pizza. Breakfast on the other hand was very good, especially the sweet local empanada-like pastry and lots of fresh fruit.... More 

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

Dear Lukehead, I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the breakfast, we offer full menu options as part of the room rate. Our menus are posted on the website for Monteverde Lodge & Gardens. As far as the pizza, while guests and especially kids have said they loved our pizza, I have to agree that Costa Rica is not the place... More 

Groton, Massachusetts
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86 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed at the lodge and at almost all of our meals here. All meals were excellent! The food is a bit more gourmet and interesting than just normal Casado. We ate both meat meals and veggies and loved them all. The food is very fresh and interestingly prepared.

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Thank AM25DN29
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56 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food we had was nicely presented, though not that fine dining as advertised. Specifically asked to just flip over the tuna on the grill, but still they managed to overdo it...

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Thank gunterv2016
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear gunterv2016, I just got off the phone with the lodge and spoke to Eric, one of our waiters. He tells me that we have not had anyone return tuna in the last few days. Based on that, I'm guessing that you didn't tell us that it was overdone. We wish you had said something! That way we could have... More 

Portland, Oregon
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58 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were staying at the lodge but were glad to eat at this restaurant several times. The food is much better than the typical hotel fare. The beef dinners were especially good. But really all of the dinners were great. We also very much enjoyed our breakfast here. The staff is very friendly. Our wine was very good as well.

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

Dear irvingtonevk, Thank you for sharing how much you enjoyed our food! For readers that are curious about our menu's, they are posted on the website for Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, also featured here on Trip Advisor. We offer breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack menu's. Buen Provecho! Natalie Ewing Director Marketing & Guest Satisfaction More 

West Springfield, Massachusetts
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

El Jardin offers local specialties as well as typical items. Fruits and breads are served at breakfast and you can order off the menu for more items. One of our dinners was served to us in the butterfly enclosure - very unique! Our waited Kevin was most attentive.

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

Dear Pkend, Thank you for mentioning Kevin's service. We have a great team of staff at El Jardin, they really enjoy interacting with our guests and going the extra mile. He'll be thrilled to see that you mentioned him by name. Natalie Ewing Director Marketing & Guest Satisfaction More 

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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Place is nice but food was mediocre and not inexpensive. Sea bass was good but snapper was fishy. Ravioli not good either. Would not recommend this restaurant at all.

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

Hi Mary Anne M, Thank you for sharing your feedback. I hope you talked to your waiter about your dishes while you were with us, we would have gladly changed your plate or done whatever needed to be done to get you a meal that you liked. For readers, please do let us know while you're still in house if... 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, Contemporary
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Romantic, Groups, View, Child-friendly
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?