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El Patio is a great open air restaurant way off the beaten path. Most guests order set menus, like the menu ejecutivo — with falafel, grilled veggies and fried yuca. Grab a table outdoors on the lush terrace and say hi to Roberto, the resident cat. Among other things, El Patio offers good WiFi and is popular for its high protein vegan and vegetarian dishes.
Dining in Liberia can be as distinct as its culture, and as most Costa Ricans love good food, dining out can become a great opportunity to mingle with locals. Make sure to try jugo de caña (sugar cane juice) and copos (snow cones), and take a stroll around town to locate your own hidden gems of authentic cooking.