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El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens

) #3 of 33 Restaurants in Santa Elena ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ Latin, ,
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 2521-6099 ext 29
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Open Now
06:00 - 22:00All hours
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Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
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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
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Reviewed 18 March 2017

The food is excellent, the staff is friendly and helpful, and you can watch and listen to birds while you eat. There's a full bar and a good wine list too, and you can eat in the butterfly garden if you wish. There's only one...More

Thank AvianiSiegel
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 24 March 2017

Dear AvianiSiegel, You're right, guests can make a reservation (we recommend you do this well in advance) for dinner in the Butterfly Garden. There is no extra charge for this, but we do often have a long list of requests so be sure to let...More

Reviewed 28 February 2017

This amazing restaurant is located in the heart of the cloud forest and offers an opportunity to eat within a butterfly sanctuary. The food is excellent and the staff is exceptional. If you get the chance, this is a special place for a memorable meal.More

Thank Marlene C
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2017

Dear Marlene C, What a beautiful way to put it, "Eat beneath the magic of butterfly wings". Here is the way it works. We don't charge extra for dining in the Butterfly Garden, all you need is to come to El Jardin for dinner. We...More

Reviewed 28 February 2017

We loved the food and service. Great food and reasonable prices. Stopped for lunch and enjoyed hummingbirds from cafe. Was our second visit.More

Thank Janie T
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2017

Dear Janie T, It's great to hear that you returned for a second visit and again loved the food and service. We hope that next time you will allow some additional time so that you can explore the gardens and the butterfly garden as well....More

Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

Only had lunch there and it was delivered to the pool with a smile. Pretty good fish tacos. We had early morning hikes both days so the restaurant gladly packed us a take away egg sandwich breakfast with orange juice, an apple and trail mix....More

Thank MLG1958
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 24 February 2017

Dear MLG1958, Monteverde Lodge and our restaurant El Jardin, was built for birders, hikers and nature lovers. Early morning breakfasts come with the territory and we are delighted that our guests are up and out the door ready to explore at 6am. For anyone concerned...More

Reviewed 22 February 2017

Not sure which was better -- the food or the service. Both were outstanding. The lodge restaurant was comfortable and the menu was beyond the routine.

Thank The B
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 24 February 2017

Dear The B, It's great to hear that both were excellent! Both are super important to a peaceful dining experience. Buen Provecho! Natalie Ewing Director Marketing & Guest Satisfaction

Reviewed 16 February 2017

Had 4 meals here, cant think of one I didn't thoroughly enjoy. Creative menu, reasonable prices (especially compared to some places in CR) and great tasting food. Wait staff was attentive and personable as well.More

Thank Angela_ScottT
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2017

Dear Angela_ScottT, We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the food and the service. For people that are curious about our menu and prices, they are published on the website for Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, home of El Jardin Restaurant. Bueno Provecho, Natalie Ewing...More

Reviewed 11 February 2017

This review is for the restaurant only. We stayed at nearby lodge and walked here for dinner one evening. Atmosphere was OK, nothing special. Food was fine, but again, nothing special. We only stayed in the area 2 nights. If I were to return to...More

Thank SharonChicago
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2017

SharonChicago, We are delighted to hear that you made the time to come and have a meal with us and concerned that it was "just OK". As far as the atmosphere, what we promise is that it will be quiet, laid back and tranquil with...More

Reviewed 3 February 2017

We had well presented , nicely cooked food well served in a beautiful location. Both steak and fish were tasty and plentiful.More

Thank KENTTRAVELLERAA
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 February 2017

Dear KENTTRAVELLERAA, Thank you for sharing how much you enjoyed your steak and your fish. Getting beef that is comparable to what you are used to in North America can be a challenge in Costa Rica and we are delighted to hear that our hard...More

Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

This place was wonderful and very memorable for all the right reasons! I had the sweet corn and ginger cakes and I could've eaten that all night long. In between the two cakes was soft and warm mozzarella cheese and it was topped with a...More

Thank Linz_Travel
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 February 2017

Dear Linz_Travel, You're right! Those sweet corn and ginger cakes are my favorites too. Many of our guests also rave about the Sugar Cane Kebabs and the Ice Cream Cake. Buen Provecho! Natalie Ewing Director Marketing & Guest Satisfaction

Reviewed 2 February 2017

Notwithstanding our plan to eat at other restaurants in town, we ended up eating all our meals at El Jardin. We particularly appreciated the availability of Costa Rican cuisine, which was great, gave a real sense of place to our dining experience, and is impossible...More

Thank John E
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 February 2017

Dear John E, I'm delighted to hear that you liked our food so much that you weren't motivated to go find someplace else to eat in town. Our Executive Chef, Federico Barrantes, has made a big effort to include local dishes or variations of these...More

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nati998
14 May 2015|
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Response from Camila R | Property representative |
Hi Nati998, It is very nice to hear that you will be staying at Monteverde Lodge. I hope you enjoy very much your time there. In regard to your question, normally you don't need a reservation for Dinner but it will depend... More
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BuddaChar
10 January 2015|
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Response from Natalie E | Property representative |
Hi, it wouldn't be practical for you to have lunch at El Jardin during your day at Selvatura. It's about a 30 minute drive. You would make better use of your time at Selvatura by having lunch at the restaurant there and then... More
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Wonderstruck_14
17 December 2014|
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Response from Natalie E | Property representative |
We do have vegetarian options and often get comments about how much our guests enjoy them. If you go to our website, you will see the different dishes that we offer and the prices. Costa Rica has so much to offer in the... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$ 8 - US$ 25
Cuisine
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Romantic, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, View, Local cuisine, 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 2521-6099 ext 29
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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