Nari Pizza and Pasta is located right in the thick of the main area of Tamarindo, and was a perfect afternoon snack stop for the group of girls I was traveling with. We ordered a Ham and Cheese Pizza to share, and it was delicious. The restaurant has a sophisticated indoor seating area along with a charming outdoor patio. Nari Pizza and Pasta specializes in - you guessed it - a variety of pizzas and pastas, and the staff are friendly and spoke both English and Spanish. On the patio you'll be able to see the wood-fire pizza oven where the pizzas are cooked.
El Vaquero Brewpub was our choice for dinner during our night out in Tamarindo. It pulled us in with its energy - lots of people, loud music, and beachfront, toes-in-the-sand dining! El Vaquero Brewpub is attached to Witch's Rock Surf Camp, which makes it a favorite hangout for campers, locals, and tourists alike. They had a beach bonfire the night we were there - I'm not sure if that happens every night or not, but it was pretty nice. The menu features local and imported beers, a variety of spirits, and pub fare style appies and entrees, from burgers and fries to whole grilled fish. It looked like they also had an area for live music, too, although there wasn't any on the Friday night we were there.
Walter's Restaurant is located near the far end of the main street in busy Tamarindo, and we only stopped in for a quick drink in the middle of the afternoon, although the food menu did also look excellent. The service was quick, friendly and attentive, the ambiance was lovely, the location was prime and - most importantly of all - the beer was cold! This would be a great spot to enjoy dinner and take in the sunset, sip cocktails and watch the surfers, or order a round of appetizers. I would definitely go back to Walter's Restaurant if I was ever back in Tamarindo again.
When you're on a girl's day in Tamarindo and it's 40 degrees out and somebody suggests going to find Ice Cream, you just don't say no. We stumbled across Buon Appetito Italian Cafe by absolute fluke but were pleasantly surprised. Plenty of Gelato flavors as well as milkshakes, Italian Sodas and breakfast and lunch items. It's a pretty small shop, mostly a grab-and-go kind of place, but they do have a small patio with a few tables and chairs. For a couple of bucks, this was a much welcomed and refreshing treat on one of the hottest days I experienced in Costa Rica.