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Food for Thought (and Travel): The Flavors of Uvitas Restaurants

Food for Thought (and Travel): The Flavors of Uvitas Restaurants

Food is more than just sustenance; it’s a cultural journey that connects us to the heart of a destination. In Uvita, Costa Rica, this connection is vibrant and flavourful, celebrating the region’s biodiversity and heritage through its culinary offerings.


While Vayu Retreat Villas boasts an exceptional restaurant, NuRaw, renowned for its delectable cuisine, we understand that sometimes our guests crave a taste of Uvita’s diverse culinary scene! This blog post will uncover the vibrant array of restaurants that the charming town of Uvita has to offer, catering to every palate and budget. From fresh, local Costa Rican fare to international flavours, Uvita’s food scene is a delightful adventure waiting to be explored. So, feel free to venture out and discover your own hidden gems – we’re confident you won’t be disappointed!

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Sebas Restaurant inside Yuli Hotel, Bahia Uvita

Savour Local Flavors with an International Touch at Sebas

Nestled in the heart of Bahia within Yuli Hotel, Sebas Restaurant welcomes you with the warmth of Costa Rican hospitality and a menu bursting with fresh, local flavours, “just like grandma used to make.” Whether you’re a seasoned foodie seeking a culinary adventure or a family looking for a casual and satisfying meal, Sebas Restaurant caters to all.

Bringing World-Class Cuisine to Uvita:

Although this restaurant is fairly new to the Uvita area they have struck a cord within in the Uvita community. With over 500 five-star reviews it is safe to say this restaurant is doing something right – perhaps it’s the years of culinary experience that the owner/chef Sebastian Gallucci brings; his passion for food shines through in every dish, bringing a unique farm to table experience and drawing inspiration from local traditions and fresh, seasonal ingredients.

 

A Diverse Menu:

Sebas Restaurant offers a delightful selection of farm-fresh and ethically sourced ingredients to tantalize a variety of palates. From the “abundant” and “fresh” ceviche, a local favourite according to online reviews, to their signature whole roasted red snapper with garlic butter, a dish praised for its “wonderful flavour” you’re sure to find something to tempt your taste buds. They even offer a taste of international influence alongside these Costa Rican staples.

 

Generous Portions & Reasonable Prices:

Sebas Restaurant is known for its generous portions and reasonable prices, making it a great choice for budget-conscious travellers as well.

 

Embrace the Uvita Charm:

Sebas Restaurant offers a genuine Uvita experience. Immerse yourself in the local atmosphere and enjoy a delicious meal prepared with care and passion by this family-run establishment.

Looking for more information? Click here and see all the reviews

Directions from Vayu – check the map here


Carlitos Uvita

¡Viva Carlito’s! A Taste of Tex-Mex Fusion in Uvita

Nestled in the heart of Uvita, Carlito’s beckons with the vibrant spirit of Tex-Mex fusion cuisine. Whether you’re a solo adventurer, a couple seeking a casual date night, or a family looking for a fun and affordable meal, Carlito’s has something for everyone.

 

Open Daily, Delicious Always:

Swing by for late lunch or dinner, as their doors are open from 4 until 9 pm every day except Sundays & Mondays. With prices ranging from $5 to $10 USD per dish, Carlito’s offers a delightful dining experience without breaking the bank.

 

Margarita Magic:

Carlito’s is legendary for its margaritas, renowned for their bold flavours and potent punch. From sweet to spicy, they offer a margarita to suit every palate. Be warned, their three-drink limit is a testament to their strength – savour the experience!

 

Beyond the Booze:

Carlito’s isn’t just about the cocktails. Their Tex-Mex fusion menu is a symphony of flavours, marrying Tex-Mex classics with unexpected twists. Their quesadilla, a crowd-favourite, is a must-try. Insider tip: ask for their legendary papaya chutney for an extra flavour explosion!

 

A Uvita Gem:

Whether you’re a local or a visitor, Carlito’s is a Uvita staple. With its friendly atmosphere, delicious food, and legendary margaritas, it’s no wonder we wholeheartedly recommend this hidden gem!

Vegan and vegetarian options are available.

Looking for more information? Check out their online menu for a sneak peek at their delicious offerings.

Directions from Vayu – check the map here


El Hornito

A Slice of Argentina in Uvita: El Hornito

Craving a taste of Argentina? Look no further than El Hornito, a haven for Argentinian pizza and empanadas located in the heart of Uvita. Whether you’re a family seeking a fun outing or a group of friends catching up, El Hornito’s welcoming atmosphere caters to all.

 

Open (Almost) Every Day:

Enjoy their delicious offerings for lunch or dinner, as they’re open from noon to 9 pm daily, except for Tuesdays and Wednesdays. With prices ranging from a budget-friendly $3 USD to $15 USD for a hearty meal, El Hornito fits comfortably into any travel budget.

 

Empanada Extravaganza:

El Hornito is famed for its empanadas, savoury pockets of dough filled with a delightful array of fillings. From classic Argentinian flavours to innovative vegetarian options, their menu caters to all preferences. We highly recommend their Caprese empanada, a burst of fresh mozzarella, tomato, and basil flavours.

 

Pizza Perfection:

Don’t miss their pizzas, either! El Hornito uses traditional Argentinian techniques to create thin-crust masterpieces. Their menu boasts a variety of options, ensuring there’s a slice (or two) for everyone.

 

Beyond the Food:

El Hornito’s outdoor seating allows you to soak up the Uvita vibes while enjoying your meal. Additionally, their commitment to catering to dietary restrictions ensures everyone can savour the Argentinian culinary experience.

 

A Local Favorite:

El Hornito isn’t just a restaurant; it’s a beloved part of the Uvita community. With its friendly atmosphere, delicious food, and commitment to inclusivity, it’s no wonder this gem is a top choice for locals and visitors alike.

Vegan and vegetarian options are available.

Looking for more information? Click here *They do not have a website but you can take a sneak peek at their delicious offerings.

Directions from Vayu – check the map here


Indomitos Cafe

Indómitos: A Haven for Plant-Based Delights in Uvita

Calling all vegetarians and vegans (and curious omnivores)! Look no further than Indómitos Cafe and Bar, a haven of delicious plant-based cuisine nestled in the heart of Uvita. Whether you’re a solo adventurer, a couple seeking a unique dining experience, or a family seeking a fun and flavorful meal, Indómitos welcomes you with open arms.

 

Worth the Experience:

Don’t let the vegan offerings deter you – Indómitos is absolutely delicious! Open from 11 am to 8:30 pm daily, except for Mondays and Tuesdays, they offer a delightful lunchtime escape or a casual dinner option. With prices ranging from $5 to $12 USD per meal, Indómitos is easy on the wallet and a treat for the taste buds.

 

Cafe by Day, Bar by Night:

Indómitos seamlessly blends the best of both worlds: a cozy cafe by day and a vibrant bar by night. Pair your delicious plant-based meal with a comforting cup of coffee or a refreshing Imperial beer – the perfect way to unwind after a day of exploring.

 

Vegan Twists on Classics:

Indómitos doesn’t skimp on flavour or variety. Their menu boasts all your favourite dishes – birria tacos, juicy burgers, and crispy patacones – all reimagined with a delicious plant-based twist. Whether you’re a seasoned vegan or simply curious about exploring plant-based options, Indómitos is a must-visit.

 

A Local Gem for All:

Indómitos isn’t just a favourite for vegans – it’s a top choice for everyone. Their commitment to innovative and delicious plant-based cuisine, paired with a welcoming atmosphere, makes Indómitos a true gem in the heart of Uvita.

Looking for more information? Click here *They do not have a website but you can take a sneak peek at their delicious offerings on this FaceBook page

Directions from Vayu – check the map here


Hola India

A Taste of India in Uvita: Hola India

Craving a taste of the vibrant flavours of India? Look no further than Hola India, a haven for authentic Indian cuisine nestled in the heart of Uvita. Whether you’re a solo adventurer, a couple seeking a unique dining experience, or a family looking to explore new culinary horizons, Hola India welcomes you with open arms.

 

Open Always:

Enjoy a delicious Indian lunch or dinner, as they’re open from 11:30 am to 10 pm daily. With prices ranging from $10 to $20 USD per meal, Hola India offers a flavourful and affordable dining experience.

 

Uvita’s Indian Gem:

Hola India is a breath of fresh air in Uvita’s culinary scene, specializing in authentic Indian flavours. As one of the few restaurants dedicated to this cuisine in town, it’s the perfect spot to satisfy your cravings for curries, tandoori dishes, and all the delights of Indian food.

 

Quickly Gaining Popularity:

Despite being relatively new to Uvita, they have two other locations in Costa Rica (Jaco and Manuel Antonio) Hola India is quickly gaining a reputation as a top dining destination. Their commitment to authentic flavours and warm hospitality makes them a must-visit for anyone seeking a taste of India in this charming Costa Rican town.

Vegan and vegetarian options available.

Looking for more information? Check out their online menu for a sneak peek at their delicious offerings.

Directions from Vayu – check the map here


Entrance to Sibu

Sibu Café: A Uvita Oasis for Coffee, Sandwiches, and Smoothies

Start your day right or enjoy a refreshing afternoon pick-me-up at Sibu Café, a beloved spot in the heart of Uvita. Whether you’re a solo adventurer seeking a quiet cup of joe, a couple on a casual date, or a family looking for a satisfying lunch, Sibu Café caters to all.

 

Open All Day, Every Day:

Indulge in their delicious offerings from morning to night, as they’re open from 7 am to 9:30 pm every day. With prices ranging from $5 to $15 CAD per meal, Sibu Café offers a budget-friendly and delightful dining experience.

 

Sandwich Haven:

Sibu Café has earned a loyal following for their mouthwatering sandwiches and paninis. Their menu boasts a variety of options to satisfy every craving, ensuring you’ll find the perfect combination to tantalize your taste buds.

 

Beyond the Bread:

Don’t miss their refreshing fruit smoothies! Made with fresh, local ingredients, they’re the perfect way to cool down on a hot day. For a local twist, try their guanabana (soursop) smoothie – a favourite among both staff and visitors.

 

A Relaxing Atmosphere:

Sibu Café offers a tranquil atmosphere, perfect for unwinding and enjoying your meal. Their outdoor patio seating allows you to soak up the Uvita vibes while sipping on your coffee or savouring your sandwich.

Looking for more information? Click here*They do not have a website but you can take a sneak peek at their delicious offerings on their FaceBook page.

Directions from Vayu – check the map here


Uvita: A Culinary Adventure for Every Taste

Get ready for a taste sensation! Uvita isn’t just a beautiful destination; it’s a haven for food lovers. This charming town boasts a surprisingly diverse and vibrant food scene, offering plenty of culinary options to satisfy all palates. From fresh, local ingredients to international flavours, Uvita’s restaurants are guaranteed to impress.

So ditch the sightseeing itinerary (for a while) and embark on a delicious exploration of Uvita’s culinary delights. There are plenty of other options worth exploring beyond the restaurants mentioned here, so be sure to wander the streets and discover your own hidden gems. We hope to see you here soon!

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