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Arrival Departure Rooms Adults/Room Children/Room (*)
Recommended Stay 2-4 Nights
(*) 10 year olds and younger sharing room with parents.

El Jardin Bar & Restaurant

Begin and end your days in the El Jardin Restaurant at Monteverde Lodge. Our menu includes the freshest local produce simply prepared. All meals include fresh homemade bread. Our wine list includes some of the best South American Wines.

We delight in serving your meals whenever and wherever you would like to eat, breakfast in the garden, a sack lunch for the trail, dinner under the stars or indoors by the fire.

Listen to what past guests have to say on Trip Advisor:

ChP313, 2/13/2014
..."What really surprised us was the quality of the service and the food in the hotel's restaurant. We had a chorizo steak cooked to perfection and the next day the sugar cane kebabs just blew our minds away: the subtlety of the tastes in this dish was exquisite ...
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Breakfast Menu, included in your room rate

Coffee or tea, orange juice, bread & homemade jam and fruit salad are included with your selection
Traditional rice and beans, two eggs any style, tortillas and cheese with a side of sour cream and fried plantains
Two eggs any style, home sautéed potatoes, bacon and toasts with butter
Eggs Benedict with Bacon or Smocked Salmon
Poached eggs and sautéed spinach on an english muffin with hollandaise sauce
Omelet Any Style
Choose from cheese, ham, mushroom, tomatoes, red pepper, onion, served with sautéed potatoes
Light and tropical
Natural yogurt with chilled mango purée, a side of granola and fresh seasonal fruit
Two fluffy pancakes served with fresh fruit marmalade and maple syrup
French Toast
Two slices of thick French Toast served with fresh fruit marmalade and maple syrup
Sandwich BLT
Cheese, ham, avocado served with sauteed potatoes.
Side orders at extra cost
Tropical fruit salad $ 7
Eggs Any Style $ 3
Granola with milk $ 4
Bacon $ 2.5
Grilled bread with jam $ 4
Additional Drinks
Glass of Milk $ 1.5
Small Juice $ 1.5
Large Juice $ 3
Espresso Lungo, Doppio or Cortado $ 3
Capuccino American or European $ 4
Black, american or with milk Coffee $ 3
Latte with Flavor
vanilla, irish cream, amaretto or hazel nutt
$ 6

Rates for meals do not include 13% sales tax and 10% service

Soups & Appetizers

Peach Palm Soup
house made creamy vegetable broth, vermouth and roasted beet buttons
$ 6
Sopa Negra
traditional black bean soup with fresh chopped cilantro, sweet pepper, onions, and boiled egg
$ 5
Tuna Tartar
with mango, avocado and arugula, marinated with lemon juice and soy sauce
$ 9
Cauliflower Mint Soup
with spinach and baked onion bits
$ 6
Tropical Salad
american lettuce, mandarins, red onions, cherry tomatoes, carrots and papaya, with balsamic vinegar and passion fruit dressing
$ 6
Stuffed Avocado Salad
pineapple, avocado, cilantro, red onions and lemon juice, served over lettuce and heart of palm
$ 8
Grilled Chicken Salad
assorted lettuce, red onions, roasted garlic, sweet corn, and avocado lemon grass infusion and peanut dressing
$ 9
yucca dough stuffed with seasoned minced beef, sautéed carrots, cabbage and Turrialba cheese, pan fried and served with carrot & green bean escabeche
$ 8
Monteverde Rolls
minced pork meat, shrimp and escabeche. Rolled and fried
$ 10

From the Garden

Baked Eggplant
with zucchini and tomato, seasoned with fresh herbs and olive oil and topped with basil pesto and buffalo mozzarella
$ 12
Potato stew
with red wine, fresh mushrooms, thyme and rosemary
$ 13
Sweet corn & ginger cakes
pan fried, then topped with melted Monteverde mozzarella and a creamy garlic and zucchini sauce
$ 12
Stuffed Bell Pepper
dressed with olive oil, stuffed with arracache picadillo. served on baked eggplant and chickpea pâté with a tomato pesto sauce
$ 13


cooked with a fresh basil and tomato cream sauce
$ 16
stuffed with ricotta cheese and spinach, cooked in a parmesan cream sauce with sweet corn and heart of palm
$ 16
sauteed with smoked Cartago trout, cherry tomatoes, capers and garlic
$ 15
with a chicken, pineapple and coconut sauce, hint of curry
$ 17

From the Sea

Sea bass fillet
pan fried and served with a citrus, caramelized onion and Panamanian pepper sauce, accompanied by sautéed vegetables and mashed sweet potato
$ 20
Jumbo Shrimp
flambéed with rum and served in a tomato sauce, accompanied by patacones stuffed with guacamole, pico de gallo and black beans
$ 22
Cartago Hill Trout
pan fried, with executive chef Federico Barrante’s five flavor orange sauce, served with mashed sweet potato and chayote picadillo
$ 18
Red Snapper
baked with a mix of mango, cilantro and Panamanian chili, served with sweet pepper mashed potatoes and stuffed vegetables
$ 18
Tuna loin
seared on the grill, crusted with roasted garlic and macadamia flakes and topped with tamarind sauce. Served with rice and green beans picadillo
$ 20

From the Land

Pollo en salsa
pan fried chicken in a guava and chipotle sauce, served with potato picadillo and sautéed vegetables
$ 16
Savory Chicken
marinated in passion fruit, orange, thyme, parsley garlic and cilantro, pan fried and served with stuffed cabbage
$ 17
Baked Pork Sirloin
stuffed with a mixture of mashed potato, pumpkin, spinach,band boiled egg then sautéed in a pineapple and Rosemary sauce. Served with chayote picadillo and taro fritter
$ 18
Tenderloin Medallion
grilled and served in our blackberry and coffee sauce, accompanied with rice mixed vegetables and tomato wedges filled with heart of palm dip
$ 20
Argentine Chorizo (10 oz)
grilled Argentine beef cut, seasoned with sea salt, and black pepper served with pico de gallo and potatoes sautéed with achiote
$ 18
Sugar Cane Kebab
beef tenderloin marinated with soy sauce, honey, ginger, and garlic cooked skewered on a sugar cane. Served with watermelon coconut milk salad and potato picadillo
$ 20

Please select two sides dishes and one sauce with your meat courses of above


Rice milk pudding
in a chocolate sauce sprinkled with allspice
$ 6
Traditional sweet corn pancakes, topped with a far from traditional
White chocolate and orange ganache
$ 5
Sweet potato and macadamia nut truffles
with tarragon syrup and vanilla ice cream
$ 4,5
Molton Pineapple Chocolate Cake
served in a tropical eggnog sauce
$ 5
Baked apple tart
with vanilla ice cream
$ 6
Monteverde Sorbet Trio
mango, guanábana and lemon fruit sorbet
$ 7
Dessert Sampler
small portions of Flan milk pudding, sweet potato with macadamia nut truffles and chorreadas
$ 10

Rates for meals do not include 13% sales tax and 10% service

When available, El Jardin Restaurant uses locally-grown herbs and vegetables

Please alert your server if we should be aware of any food allergies or restrictions

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Bar & Restaurant Staff

Milagros Vallejo Ruiz
Head Cook

Born in Leon, Nicaragua, Milagros came to Costa Rica with her sister, Nubia, when she was 17 years old. They crossed the Costa Rica – Nicaragua border illegally at night, in dense forest, they were assaulted by three men who stole their money and their belongings. They were left with what they were wearing and 5000 colons.

They walked from the border to Las Juntas and then from Las Juntas to San Rafael. The town of San Rafael is 40 minutes from Monteverde. Here they found work picking coffee.

Her sister Nubia decided to go back to Nicaragua, but Milagros stayed in Monteverde. When she first came to Monteverde Lodge 4 years ago she worked as an assistant in the kitchen. When the position of Head Cook became available, she asked what it would take to get the position and made a pledge to learn everything she needed to learn to do the job. She didn't let us down, she has turned out dish after fabulous dish and she makes up for her extremely shy nature in her interaction in general by being creative, curious and bold with her food.

Her message to people considering a visit to Monteverde Lodge & Gardens: "The staff at Monteverde Lodge is friendly and looking forward to your visit, in addition to that, this is a place where you will relax and enjoy nature, Monteverde a place you should not miss."

Luis Javier Garcia Zelaya
Head Server

Javier was born in Nicaragua, where he lived until he was 16 years old. Reaching that age, he made the trip south alone, to join his mother who had been living in Monteverde and working as a hotel cook for a decade.

Over the years Nicaraguans have come to Costa Rica for a variety of reasons, most in search of employment opportunities or a more stable political climate; Javier came because at 16 he didn’t want to finish school. His Dad told him if he wouldn´t study he would have to work, and that he had better go look in Monteverde. That was exactly what he did.

His first job was as a construction worker, working on a project to build a large language school. After that finished he found work in the hotel Fonda Vela, starting as a kitchen helper and then moving his way up to chef. He picked up English along the way. We got ahold of him in 2011, and since then he has been on our wait staff at the lodge, where he now serves as head waiter.

He lives in civil union with a Costa Rican woman, the sister of fellow waiter Juan Fuentes, and together they have one daughter named Veronica, and another child on the way. When he is not at work he likes to relax at home with his family.

He likes the lodge work environment because of the team spirit between him and his fellow staff. He says they have all known each other for years and it feels like being amongst family. He thinks they are able to deliver exceptional service to lodge guests because of the service culture at the hotel, which is built on creating a personalized approach for every client.

His message to people considering a visit to Monteverde Lodge & Gardens: "“If you come here you will have an unforgettable experience,” Javier says, “and we will make sure you receive entirely personal attention.".

Oscar Perez Arguedas
Bar & Restaurant

Oscar was born and raised in the town of La Florida, 30 minutes from Monteverde. His parents have a cattle farm there.

After graduating from High School, Oscar worked in bars and restaurants in the Monteverde region. He has worked at Monteverde lodge since early 2010 and says that what he likes about working here is that he has time to get to know the guests.

"At Monteverde Lodge I am able to learn a little bit about our guests lives and share something about my own. It makes what I do a lot more interesting." I like that guest know me by name and are not shy about letting me know how they like their drinks or ask me for a special dish.

His message to people considering a visit to Monteverde Lodge & Gardens "Visit Monteverde to relax and experience Mother Nature"

Jeffrey Jimenez Alfaro
Bar & Restaurant

Jeffrey has worked at Monnteverde Lodge & Gardens for a year. He has worked in the region in the Food & Beverage industry since 2000 and he had always dreamed of working at Monteverde Lodge. "It's such a classy place," he says.

"I like what I do because it gives me the opportunity to have conversations with all different kinds of people. Without being too forward, I always try to get guests to open up and interact with me and my co-workers."

He has fond memories of a birthday celebration barbecue in the Gardens where he and his guests were visited by a Coatimundi that the staff has named Poncho. He says that he will never forget that celebration because when Poncho came ambling up, he decided to introduce him to the guests as one of the Staff. Our guest promptly incorporated the Coati in the conversation. Poncho sat in the amphitheater for the entire celebration and truly seemed to enjoy the festivities.

His message to people considering a visit to Monteverde Lodge & Gardens: "Monteverde is a place to open up to nature, slow down, relax and enjoy the forest and the tranquility of the region."

Gerald Jiménez Varela
Bar & Restaurant

Gerald grew up an hour from Monteverde, in the small town of Santa Rosa de Guacimal. He describes it as very rural, known for some small agriculture, good steaks and a beautiful waterfall. He moved to the Monteverde area at age 13 with his family.

Gerald left school at around the same time, and hearing his work history since then includes a simultaneous review of the Monteverde restaurant scene. He was helping to tend a hotel bar by the time he turned sixteen, and since then has worked in “New Latin fusion” restaurants, local pizza institution Johnny’s, and even a local seafood restaurant where the owner loaded his coolers on the bus twice a week to bring up fresh fish from Puntarenas watermen.

Gerald picked up his English on the go, while at the same time learning tons about the hospitality and food and beverage industry. He said as he grew up he turned an eye towards the lodge, where his brother had worked, always advising Gerald to do the same. When he saw the opportunity to join our wait staff he immediately applied, and has been serving in El Jardín restaurant ever since. He says he has enjoyed taking his concept of service to the next level during his time at the lodge.

Mostly what Gerald enjoys is the garden laid out below him, and the birding that he can carry out while he works. He keeps bird books at home, is working on his photography, and becoming a respectable identifier of winged garden visitors in his own right. He says he took a guided walk, and was amazed at our guide’s knowledge of not just the birds themselves but also their calls and where to look for them. That was also when he got his first sighting of the famous Three wattled Bellbird. He is now always on the lookout for them from the restaurant windows, but his favorite visitor is a far more common one: the small but remarkable Golden Browed Chlorophonia.

Legendary service to Gerald means taking the time to be attentive to a guests needs, and to always find a way to share with them a little extra information, maybe something they didn´t even know they wanted to find out. He loves taking guests through the gardens when he gets the chance, and nothing makes him happier than getting a chance to point out something before dinner that they may have spent all day looking for out in the reserves.

Juan Fuentes Jimenez
Bar & Restaurant

Like many Monteverde natives, Juan was born in the biggest nearby hospital; two winding hours down the mountains in the port of Punta Arenas. Since then he mostly has lived and worked in the Monteverde community.

With a father working on the dairy farm which supplies milk to the Quaker owned Monteverde Cheese Factory, the Quakers have always played a fundamental role in his life. His excellent English results from receiving an education at the Quaker bilingual Los Amigos School, where he says the majority of his classes and interactions were in English. In 2003 he also spent three months in Virginia with a student exchange program. Juan has been working at the lodge for a year now, and came to us as a bit of a package deal with several longtime friends who together make up our wait staff team. He loves working in El Jardín because of the peace and quiet, along with the all-day view down into the garden and out to the cloud forest beyond.

Remarkably gregarious in the dining room, when Juan isn´t working he likes to draw and paint. He says he has experimented with water paints, acrylics and oil paints and has now found a new medium in digital painting. This work he does from his house in Los Llanos, a small village three kilometers away from the lodge. He lives there with his mother, and his next door neighbor is his brother in law Javier, who works as our head waiter and whose biography you can find by scrolling up on this page.

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Office: 011 (+506) 2257-0766
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Smokers Be Aware!
Costa Rica has recently passed one of the strictest smoking regulations in the world; hotels are 100% SMOKE FREE.
If you are a guest at the hotel, and want to smoke, by law you are required to leave the property. This is a 300 meter walk to the road outside the main gate, day or night, rain or shine. We realize that this is very inconvenient, but it’s the law. There is an $800 fine for breaking this law.