Restaurante Hotel Grano de Oro, San José, San José + Central Valley
Tel: 506 255 3322
Concierge.com's insider take:
If you're in the capital, the formal wood-paneled restaurant of this Victorianstyle hotel is one place where you'll not only eat well but also likely observe the local elite making deals over multicourse meals. The menu, prepared by Costa Rican chef Francis Canal, merges French influences with local ingredients, such as mahimahi with leeks, tilapia sautéed in butter and finished with vermouth, or sweet curry chicken sprinkled with coconut. Leave room for either the tres leches (a rich cake infused with condensed milk) or the restaurant's trademark Pie Grano de Oro—a sugary mousselike cake that's been a staple here for two decades. This restaurant is the place for power breakfasts, but it's also enjoyed by local families and vacationers, who find the atrium patio to be a delightful spot for enjoying a traditional gallo pinto breakfast.—Updated by Christopher P. Baker
Open daily 7 am to 10 pm.