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Reviewed January 20, 2024

Such a great place, the standard for a truly good meal in a unique and welcoming setting. The food is mouthwatering and so perfectly prepared, but that’s just the beginning. It’s the go-to for multi tasking as you can get your laundry done, browse the...library and enjoy the exotic experience of a semi open environment among the lush foliage and plants. I’ve been going for years but on my very first visit, while eating some of the best eggs on the planet, I was witness to a hawk zeroing in on a lizard then proceeding to slowly devour it on a table a few feet away. It may not sound like an appetizing accompaniment for a meal, but it beautifully drove home the fact that you are- truly- in the jungle. It was exciting and not gory- just part of the adventure. The breads, the coffees and jams- marvelous. The owner is an expat from the states who genuinely understands what travelers want in a meal. Locals and tourists alike meet here and for good reason. Two thumbs up. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed January 10, 2024 via mobile

Fabulous food, service and atmosphere. Having a meal in a jungle garden was spectacular. The meal was the best I’ve had in Puerto Viejo. The ability to do a book exchange was an added bonus!

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed November 7, 2023

This place was suggested to us by our airbnb owner, and I must say he was spot on. Quietly located within a beautiful jungle-like locale, the staff the food, the coffee, everything about this place is absolutely amazing. We have gone twice already and will...be back. Its reasonably priced and has wonderful specials and options. The first day I had the Ana Rosa special, which was absolutely devine. This morning I had the banana bread French toast, which was out of this world. I do not have enough adjectives to describe this place. They also have a book exchange program. If you are in the Puerto Veijo area, this place is a must.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed October 9, 2023 via mobile

Want something different for breakfast? Cafe Rico has the answer. This week, they are offering a "knock your socks off special" A Quesadilla combining fresh egg, cheese, potatoes and with or without a homemade sausage. In addition, it comes with Pico De Gallo, cilantro and...lime cream, mashed avocado, and a slice of fresh melon. All this as you sit in the forest watching for a view of the household sloth.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed September 10, 2023 via mobile

After reading so many excellent reviews we got there for breakfast. French toast were ok, avocado toast was just toasted bread and salad. We didn't felt welcomed, service was kind of rude.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed September 9, 2023

I went here based on TA reviews, had the Ana Rosa special, and lemonade. Setting is beautiful, food was good (not great), and service was mixed (one server was very nice and another not so much). I noticed my meal was missing an advertised beet...and let my server know, saying I was looking forward to it--she said "sorry, it's usually there" and and took my plates. No offer to bring me a beet, which I thought would have been a natural response. Also, I sat for quite some time after finishing the meal with no service. Given the food level and service, I think this place is overpriced. A better breakfast place in town with better food and service imo is Bread and Chocolate, where I'll be going for the balance of my stay.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed August 14, 2023 via mobile

Café Rico is a charming coffee and breakfast shop surrounded by lush gardens in the heart of Puerto Viejo. Readers will appreciate the collection of books to exchange. Breakfast enthusiast will be delighted by the handsome selection of classic menu items and a few unique...creations. I enjoyed Ana Rosa Special, their signature breakfast dish, with ham, eggs, fries, beets, avocado and ripe plantains: A rich and colorful symphony of textures and flavors. The banana bread French toast served with sliced banana, a sprinkle of cinnamon and warm Canadian maple syrup is a masterpiece. We enjoyed our meal with freshly brewed coffee and iced chai for the win. Café Rico sells lovely, hand-painted coffee mugs featuring themes of local flora and fauna. My wife and I couldn’t decide between the howler monkeys, the sloths, the colorful fish or the frogs, so we bought one of each. Café Rico was one of the highlights of our visit to Puerto Viejo. Enjoy!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed August 8, 2023 via mobile

Puerto Viejo feels like home to me. I have traveled throughout Costa Rica, but the vibe, the people, the food and music….the hospitality of the Caribbean resonates to my soul. Cafe Rico…their food and their prompt, efficient laundry service…and the array of books (!)….is the...perfect example of the reason I will return again and again. Gracias por todos y Pura Vida!More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed August 7, 2023

Great place, great food and even got my laundry done, the Aussie girl who works there was awesome, very helpful, best place in town for laundry, highly recommended, my clothes smell great and perfectly folded. Thank you Mel, you rock

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed July 31, 2023

The laundry service is very good. Pleasant place with friendly staff and very good cleaning. Thank you Mel for the service.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 17, 2023 via mobile

For 11 years I have been getting my clothes cleaned at Cafe Rico. It's great... you go for some of the best food you can imagine for breakfast, and leave your clothes to be washed. With the new owner, Lena, there are now two new...washing machines and two new driers along with trained staff to do your laundry. In addition to machine washed, they offer 'hand-washed' too for slightly more money. So go enjoy a delicious breakfast along with daily specials and get your laundry done at the same time. And don't forget to ask where the local sloth is hanging out.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed April 25, 2023

Always a great experience here. The food was great, and so was the staff. If you want a consistently good breakfast, come here.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed March 24, 2023

This is a great gem for coffee and breakfast. Hidden in a little oasis with lots of books to peruse. Only open from 8 am -noon though.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed February 9, 2023

My favorite is the Anna special. So good! We had breakfast here twice and I'm our second trip to the area we made sure to come back. The service has always been pleasant even when they were busy.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed February 5, 2023 via mobile

The cafe con leche was excellent. The atmosphere superb. The servers are fast and personable. The kitchen is slow. The food we happened to order - their breakfast special - is greasy French fries with too-fatty bacon - not to my taste. Really sat in...my stomach afterwards and wasn’t worth the calories. For others who like this, power to them - maybe I should just have been more selective in ordering something to my taste on the menu :)More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Cafe Rico is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 5