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El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens

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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 1000, Costa Rica
+506 2645 5057
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Overview
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“trout” (7 reviews)
“gnocchi” (6 reviews)
“sorbet” (4 reviews)
Open Now
06:00 - 22:00 Hours
CUISINES
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
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LOCATION
Monteverde Lodge & Gardens | 400 mtrs east uphill from the Frog Pond, entrance on the right hand side of the road., Santa Elena 1000, Costa Rica
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
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1. Great food, beatiful views...
"There is no need to go into town for a meal"
kstraveler81
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2. Costa Rican cuisine....
"Costa Rican cuisine, which was great, gave a real sense of place"
John E
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3. Not sure which was better -- t
"Not sure which was better -- the food or the service."
The B
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41 - 50 of 252 reviews

Reviewed 27 January 2018

We stayed at the lodge for 7 nights and enjoyed every meal breakfasts and dinners. Nice ambience, friendly staff and delicious food. Good bar and cocktails too, whats not to like!More

Date of visit: November 2017
1  Thank SCL669
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2018

Dear SCL669, Thank you for taking the time to post about your time at the lodge. We're delighted to hear how much you enjoyed the ambiance, staff and food! We hope you'll come and see us again soon. Vacation Time is Precious! Natalie Ewing Director...More

Reviewed 24 January 2018

We enjoyed delicious breakfasts and dinners at El Jardin during our four-day stay at the Monteverde Lodge. It was so cool to sit in the big open dining room and look out the windows into the rainforest outside. We recommend the sugar cane steak and...More

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank larrybodine2016
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2018

Dear larrybodine2016, Glad to know that you enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. Your recommended the Sugar Cane Kebabs, which is one of our guests favorites: Sugar Cane Kebab, beef tenderloin marinated with soy sauce, honey, ginger, and garlic, cooked skewered on a sugar cane,...More

Reviewed 23 January 2018 via mobile

This was our 6th hotel in our tour of CR & the restaurant was by far the best. All al a carte & no buffets, even for tour groups & for breakfasts! The quality of the food & service were excellent & the open fire...More

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank Paulus1954
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 30 January 2018

Dear Paulus1954, We're honored to hear that of the 6 hotels that you visited in Costa Rica, you liked our restaurant the best. For readers, El Jardin, is located in Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, also featured here on Trip Advisor. We hope you are able...More

Reviewed 12 January 2018

The breakfast was very nice, but the waiter charged us for something we did not order at lunch. He brought us a drink as if it was on the house, but it most definitely was not.More

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank natasha2929
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2018

According to our server, this guest ordered a Margarita. Upon trying the cocktail, she questioned whether it had Triple Sec, saying she could not taste the Triple Sec in the drink. The bartender did put Triple Sec in her Margarita, but given the way these...More

Reviewed 10 January 2018 via mobile

We ate here for the duration of our stay at Monteverde lodge and gardens. The staff here are lovely, particularly Erik who looked after us during our dinner in the butterfly garden. Excellent vegetarian options (5 different mains on the menu- unheard of in most...More

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank sunrise_skylark
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2018

Dear sunrise_skylark, Thank you for mentioning how much you enjoyed dining at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens. We have three different spaces for meals. You can eat in the restaurant, with an open fire place and bar. You can make a reservation for dinner in the...More

Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

Got to the restaurant after reading reviews on trip advisor and weren't disappointed. The place is very calm and classy, the staff was very welcoming and the food was a good surprise after few culinary failures in santa elena.More

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank indianit
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 January 2018

Dear indianit, It's great to hear that you enjoyed the food! Our food is what a Costa Rican grandmother would cook if she was also a creative and contemporary professional chef. Between now and the end of March it's best to call ahead and make...More

Reviewed 16 December 2017 via mobile

Our group of seven tried different dishes over two nights and everyone was very happy with the food. The gnocchi became a vegetarian favorite, meat lovers should try the filet on sugar cane. Staff was just greatMore

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank CBxGBG
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 18 December 2017

Dear CBxGBG, You're recommendations are spot on! The gnocchi is really good because our Executive Chef, Federico Barrantes, loves Italian and is great at pasta and sauces. The Sugar Cane Kebab is beef tenderloin marinated with soy sauce, honey, ginger, and garlic cooked skewered on...More

Reviewed 5 December 2017 via mobile

We stayed at the lodge for 3x nights having many drinks and a few meals at El Jardin. The food at El Jardin is quite good with options for local and European tastes. Make sure to grab a cocktail from the staff at the bar,...More

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank aNDRIY246
Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2017

Dear aNDRIY246, Thank you for sharing your thoughts about the service and the quality of food at El Jardín Restaurant in Monteverde Lodge & Gardens We do our best to offer a great variety of national and international dishes in order to please the most...More

Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

Since the reviews we saw that we must try this one... Glad we did!!! The food is very nice and fresh, high quality ingredients, outstanding property and warm attention made this place worth to come back!!! The fish tacos, the costarican sandwich and the salads...More

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank esteban c
Enrique C, Guest Satisfaction Specialist at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2017

Dear Esteban c, It sounds like you were a perfect fit for the lodge, it's great to know how much you enjoyed the staff, the decor and the food! Thank you for sharing how much you enjoyed El Jardin. Our food is what a Costa...More

Reviewed 21 August 2017

Excellent menu featuring local flavors in attractive combinations, coupled with a good wine list and very attentive wait staff. The restaurant came to us highly recommended, and we were nto disappointed with our dinner.More

Date of visit: August 2017
Thank Ananta M
Enrique C, Guest Satisfaction Specialist at El Jardin at Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2017

Dear Ananta M, It sounds like you were a perfect fit for the lodge, it's great to know how much you enjoyed the staff, the decor and the food! What makes the lodge special is that it’s quiet, laid back and tranquil with an open...More

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Questions & Answers
nati998
13 May 2015|
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Response from Camila R | Property representative |
Hi Nati998, It is very nice to hear that you will be staying at Monteverde Lodge. I hope you enjoy very much your time there. In regard to your question, normally you don't need a reservation for Dinner but it will depend... More
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BuddaChar
10 January 2015|
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Response from Natalie E | Property representative |
Hi, it wouldn't be practical for you to have lunch at El Jardin during your day at Selvatura. It's about a 30 minute drive. You would make better use of your time at Selvatura by having lunch at the restaurant there and then... More
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Wonderstruck_14
17 December 2014|
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Response from Natalie E | Property representative |
We do have vegetarian options and often get comments about how much our guests enjoy them. If you go to our website, you will see the different dishes that we offer and the prices. Costa Rica has so much to offer in the... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$8 - US$25
Cuisine
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View
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 1000, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Monteverde  >  Santa Elena
  • Phone Number: +506 2645 5057
  • E-mail
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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