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Bistro Bon Appetit

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Italian, Pizza, South American, Costa Rican
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Carretera Monteverde a Tilaran, Santa Elena, Costa Rica
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73 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

On the way to the Santa Elena Reserve is this good gem. Excellent thin crusts; flavorful toppings. Excellent service or carryout. Would not hesitate to recommend for any family, couples, hikers, etc. you wont be disappointed.

Thank BriaBoston
Montreal, Canada
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We wanted to have something different, after a few days in Costa Rica, rice and beans were becoming redundant. When I saw the sign "oven pizza" I though this would do it ! So, without looking at my favorite friend (TripAdvisor), we took a chance and entered the restaurant. The menu is really "american style". My husband and I loved... More 

Thank Genny-Montreal
Huntsville, Alabama
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The staff was bilingual, helpful, professional, and proud. The good was the freshest in Monteverde. The cheese on the pizza was savory and a true delight without preservatives. The food was exquisitely prepared and truly home cooked, Costa Rican. The atmosphere was relaxing and inviting. The restaurant was conveniently locating in downtown Monteverde. I definitely plan to come back...

Thank donaldbU4692TO
Delray Beach, Florida
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love Costa Rica and the Costa Rican food. We've had some great meals throughout Guanacaste and Puntarenas. Having said that, Bistro Bon Appetit is one of best experiences we have had in Costa Rica. The menu is varied (and not just pizza) and the service was outstanding. The freshly made fruit juices alone (I had passion fruit and my... More 

Thank WFRJr
Somerset, New Jersey
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159 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

The food and service here were so awesome! They treated us like royalty - not like a group w/ 30 kids! This was the first place where we had dessert (ice cream!) too. On the first night, we had appetizers and pizza and they kept bringing the food until we were all stuffed! On the second night we were given... More 

Thank cpgz
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

Very nice place,great food. Wide selection of food. All the staff very nice & professonal. Great place to stop in the Monteverde area. Desserts excellent !

Thank Jor552000
Madison, Wisconsin
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

I LOVE costa rican food, but sometimes you need pizza! We got takeout pizza from here one night, and it was very good. I'll admit I'm a bit of a pizza snob; this is good pizza but not great. Good ingredients and decent crust. One thing that pleasantly surprised me where the sauces that came on the side. The garlicy... More 

Thank Erin B
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

So we ate rice and beans for a week all across CR before hitting Monteverde. The town has some bad restaurants downtown so be prepared. We had already eaten at Savory Tico, when one of my family requested pizza. This Bistro is very close to downtown but hidden on a gravel road. The service was outstanding. One person had a... More 

Thank Geof G
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

We stopped in here after arriving famished from Arenal. The inside of the restaurant is lovely, although a bit loud if you're right near the music. The food is very good as is the service, but it's better for a casual meal than something fancy. There a number of pizzas from which you can chose (and other dishes, such as... More 

Thank Margot K
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

Like many restaurants in CR, this one is on an unpaved road in the Monteverde area. It is nicely appointed with a gorgeous wood ceiling (common in CR), huge windows, and more. Our server was friendly and helpful. We stopped for a quick lunch. My daughter had arriz con camerones, possibly the best version of the entire trip. I had... More 

Thank Marianne S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$10
Italian, Pizza, South American, Costa Rican
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Kids, Groups, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Carretera Monteverde a Tilaran, Santa Elena, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Monteverde  >  Santa Elena

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?