Style: Costa Rican
Recommended for: Families with children, Travelers on a budget, Locals,
Meals served: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Opening hours: 7 am-10 pm
What is a “Soda” in Costa Rica?
“Sodas” are cute little casual restaurants that serve homemade typical Costa Rican food and are mostly visited by local people. In general, all the dishes in these places have affordable prices and they are abundantly served to satisfy clients.
Don't expect fancy service or international food in a “Soda”. If the “Soda” is busy you might have to wait a little while to be attended or flag down the closest waitress. Also remember that when you would like to settle the bill, it is customary to go to the counter and ask for it there. Nevertheless, sodas are inexpensive and usually serve excellent food .
One of the most liked restaurants in La Fortuna is Soda Viquez. Its just a couple of blocks away from downtown and has has a wonderful open-air dining room that accommodates a large number of people. This friendly spot takes typical recipes and adds something more to it, which has made it insanely popular among travelers and locals alike. It has a tasty buffet table of ready-made items if you are in a rush, or you can choose from a variety of menu items such as chicken, beef and fish made in six different ways and pasta with special sauces, gordon blue, seafood, and salads. And if you visit this soda for lunch time, when you finish your plate you will be surprised with a complimentary dessert like rice pudding. Prices are reasonable, portions ample. This is a great place and definitely a MUST GO TO once you are in the area!
We recommend: The “Casado”. The Casados are huge plates full of a variety of salads and vegetable items, rice and beans, and your choice of meat, fish, or chicken. Vegetarian casados are also available. Also try their milkshakes or natural fruit juices.
By: Leo Moreno, Adventure Specialist
On October 26-31, 2016 an elite group of executive thought leaders were invited to participate in a revolutionary event deep in the heart of the Costa Rican jungle at the base of the Arenal Volcano: the Executive Thought Leadership Summit 2016 with&n..
By: Jason I’ve worked at Desafio for almost a year; it’s been great and thanks to this job I’ve been able to develop my personality and am getting closer to achieving the many goals that I have, like becoming a US Marine ju..
Is Rafting Safe in Costa Rica?by Selina WalkerWhite water rafting is one of Costa Rica's most popular and safest activities for travelers and locals. Costa Rica has a dense amount of rivers and mountains spread out over a diverse terrain, so fun ..
by Christine Larson-Krishnan, Community Collaborator I love this time of year in Costa Rica from September to November. It makes me proud to live here and I always look forward to enveloping myself in local culture and traditions. I..