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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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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 22:00
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Kehei, Maui
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 17 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 table in there, so first come.

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

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 you know you're interested as early as possible. Natalie Ewing Director Marketing & Guest Satisfacation More 

Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 27 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.

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

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 recommend that you contact us prior to arrival to reserve the Butterfly Garden. This is... More 

Cincinnati, Ohio
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49 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 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.

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

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. Buen Provecho, Natalie Ewing Director Marketing & Guest Satisfaction More 

Basking Ridge
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 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. Kept us going all morning. How accommodating to provide a take away breakfast at 6AM.

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Thank MLG1958
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this review

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 about this request, don't be, we love to pack breakfasts, lunches and snacks for a... More 

Washington, DC
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114 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 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.

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

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 More 

Moncton, Canada
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4 reviews
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.

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

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 Director Marketing & Guest Satisfaction More 

Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 the area, I wouldn't feel the need to come back to this restaurant, but it... More 

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

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 an open fireplace. No background music. For some people No background music is uncomfortable, but... More 

london
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42 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

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

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

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 work finding a supplier is paying off. Buen Provecho, Natalie Ewing Director Marketing & Guest... More 

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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 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 green zucchini sauce which really accented the cakes sweetness well. For dessert I had the... More 

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

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 More 

1 review
Reviewed 1 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 to find where we come from....a culinary adventure for us! We also liked watching the... More 

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

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 on our menu. For people that are curious about our menu's, they are posted on... 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
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, View, Romantic
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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