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Vegetarians should definitely head to El Chante Vegano ★ ((tel) 8911-4787; www.elchantevegano.com), a tasty and thoughtful vegan restaurant in the heart of downtown, a half-block south of the post office.

A longtime favorite up toward the Poás Volcano is Chubascos ★ ((tel) 2482-2280; www.chubascos.co.cr), which serves excellent versions of Costa Rican classics in a cozy mountain setting. In addition, the restaurants at Pura Vida Hotel and Marriott Costa Rica Hotel are both excellent.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.