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Welcome to the Orchid Restaurant

An open air terrace above the beautiful botanical garden of the Pura Vida. Our special dinners are by advanced reservation only. There are no restaurants within walking distance of the hotel however we can call a taxi ord teleport you to local restaurants not far from the hotel if you prefer.

The Orchid Restaurant - The Pura Vida dinner service is an ongoing evolution that started in a tiny restaurant overlooking the Pacific on the remote southern end of the Nicoya peninsular.

Our host that night was Barbara of the Finca Los Caballos, near Montezuma. She gave us the idea for a simple but delicious prix fixe dinner that has evolved into our gourmet experience.

Later our ideas emerged into a public restaurant inspired by Grandmas kitchen in Saigon and which reached #1 on Tripadvisor.  Today we are a private dining experience in the Orchid covered terrace garden of the Pura Vida - exclusively for our guests.

Near the equator, dawn arrives nearly all year round at 5:15am, the chickens of the neighborhood, the birds of the central valley and the people of Costa Rica are all getting up.

Ticos after all are early to bed and early to rise.  The casa opens at 7am (fresh Costa Rican coffee is available in all the rooms at any time). The Orchid Restaurant is up and running at about 7:15am every day with breakfast starting at 7:30am and going till 9:30am.  Dinner, when available, starts around 7pm.

Fresh aint much of a secret but super fresh ingredients from our local Alajuela markets and some creative cooking gets you a delicious dinner at the Pura Vida. "The breakfasts, served on a spacious outdoor patio, are delicious and definitely worthwhile to book ahead for one of Nhi's 3-course dinners." Bev in Seattle, from


You have choices, choices and choices. When you stay at a hotel in Costa Rica we hope you'll think of the small B&B's, Lodges and Inns - places where you will learn something about the local environment run by people who live in and invest in this beautiful country.


. . . we hope we may welcome you back for your next trip!