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El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens

) #3 of 32 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 2645 5057
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good21%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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CUISINES
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
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 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.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 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....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 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.

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 13 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 2 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 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...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 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...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

Reviewed 1 February 2017

... but nothing special. We ate breakfast, lunch and supper here for a couple of days. Servers were great. When I asked my husband what he had eaten here, he could not remember, so I suppose that speaks for itself! Restaurant is part of Monteverde...More

Thank Torquay102010
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 February 2017

Dear Torquay102010, I'm really sorry that our food was only adequate while you were our guests. I agree that if your husband couldn't remember what he had, it must not have been to your taste. I hope you said something while you were still at...More

Reviewed 31 January 2017

We ate here for every meal it was so good. Breakfast was made fresh to order. Lunch - the Casado and the Costa Rican sandwich were excellent. Dinner, you can't go wrong with anything on the menu. All were at low prices and the service...More

Thank CarlaH606
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 February 2017

Dear Carla H, Thank you for sharing how much you enjoyed our food and service at El Jardin. El Jardin Restaurant is in Monteverde Lodge & Gardens. If you are curious, you can see our menu and prices, online at the lodge site. Our food...More

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
nati998
Hi! We will be staying at your hotel on the 25th. Do we need a dinner reservation? Thank you!
13 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
We plan to spend a day at Selvatura but do not have our own transportation. Is El Jardin accessible from within SElvatura? Should we have reservations for lunch?
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
Do you have vegetarian options?
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
View, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, 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
  • E-mail
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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