Spaniard Diego Lopez opened the Don Quijote restaurant in December, right on the beach in Garza, to offer the best of two cultures: Spain and Costa Rica. The atmosphere is as relaxed as being at home. There are showers and dressing rooms for those who want to swim in the ocean before eating, and hammocks for napping afterwards.
Tico-style casados start at 4000 colones ($8) with options of fish, seafood, chicken and lobster with side dishes. They recommend trying the paella, a Spanish-style rice that can be made with lobster, shrimp or octopus and starts at 5,000 colones ($10).
The grilled plate costs between 6,000 colones ($12) for tuna or snapper and 8,000 colones ($16) for lobster. They also offer traditional Spanish dishes such as Andalusian Gazpacho, Spanish omelette, Manchego cheese and Iberian or Serrano ham.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Telephone: 8341-1141.