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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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53 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Food we had was nicely presented, though not that fine dining as advertised. Specifically asked to just flip over the tuna on the grill, but still they managed to overdo it...

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Thank gunterv2016
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear gunterv2016, I just got off the phone with the lodge and spoke to Eric, one of our waiters. He tells me that we have not had anyone return tuna in the last few days. Based on that, I'm guessing that you didn't tell us that it was overdone. We wish you had said something! That way we could have... More 

Portland, Oregon
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47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We were staying at the lodge but were glad to eat at this restaurant several times. The food is much better than the typical hotel fare. The beef dinners were especially good. But really all of the dinners were great. We also very much enjoyed our breakfast here. The staff is very friendly. Our wine was very good as well.

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

Dear irvingtonevk, Thank you for sharing how much you enjoyed our food! For readers that are curious about our menu's, they are posted on the website for Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, also featured here on Trip Advisor. We offer breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack menu's. Buen Provecho! Natalie Ewing Director Marketing & Guest Satisfaction More 

West Springfield, Massachusetts
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

El Jardin offers local specialties as well as typical items. Fruits and breads are served at breakfast and you can order off the menu for more items. One of our dinners was served to us in the butterfly enclosure - very unique! Our waited Kevin was most attentive.

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

Dear Pkend, Thank you for mentioning Kevin's service. We have a great team of staff at El Jardin, they really enjoy interacting with our guests and going the extra mile. He'll be thrilled to see that you mentioned him by name. Natalie Ewing Director Marketing & Guest Satisfaction More 

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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Place is nice but food was mediocre and not inexpensive. Sea bass was good but snapper was fishy. Ravioli not good either. Would not recommend this restaurant at all.

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1 Thank Mary Anne M
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this review

Hi Mary Anne M, Thank you for sharing your feedback. I hope you talked to your waiter about your dishes while you were with us, we would have gladly changed your plate or done whatever needed to be done to get you a meal that you liked. For readers, please do let us know while you're still in house if... More 

Kehei, Maui
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Seattle, Washington
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Restaurants that rely on hotel guests for their business are often mediocre, That is not the case with El Jardin. Our group of 4 ate here three nights in a row and very much enjoyed the experience. We did not feel that we missed anything by not heading into town to eat at a different restaurant. The various menu items... More 

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

Dear sbehnen, Thank you for sharing how much you enjoyed El Jardin. Our food is what a Costa Rican grandmother would cook if she was also a creative and contemporary professional chef. The atmosphere in our lodge is quiet, laid back and tranquil with an open fireplace. No background music. Our bar serves up creative cocktails. Like the Jigüiro, with... More 

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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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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, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly, View, Kids
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?