We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Restaurant and Cafe Cristina

$$ - $$$
Central American, Costa Rican, Seafood, South American, Vegetarian Friendly
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
in front of the old Catholic church in Tambor, Tambor 60111, Costa Rica
+506 2683 0028
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

45 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 32: English reviews
Level Contributor
94 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017

We were staying at nearby Fidelito Ranch (see separate review) and decided to wander down to Tambor for sunset and dinner. Of the few choices available in this low-key beach where more local can be seen than tourists, Cristina's stood out due to its varied and interesting menu. The owner of the lodge that the restaurant is attached to is... More 

Thank Lostinhollywood
Cranleigh, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 January 2017

We ate here twice during our recent stay in Tambor over the Xmas period. The red snapper (either whole or as a fillet) was the best fish meal we had during our holiday and the shrimp with patacones is to be highly recommended. Everett and Stephanie made us extremely welcome and were pleased to cater to any preferences. Those of... More 

Thank banjo2017
Milan, Italy
Level Contributor
108 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

We turned up on spec one evening and thought maybe the restaurant was closed, as there were no other diners....next surprise, the man I addressed in my carefully-rehearsed Spanish, was definitely struggling to understand me.... of course, he is a newly-arrived Canadian! But what he lacks in knowledge of Spanish he more than compensates for with his culinary abiities. He... More 

1 Thank PuravidaPlaya
Level Contributor
8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

This was a refreshing dining experience and without a doubt the freshest and best cooked food we had in the area. There was no menu - instead, Everett (the new Canadian chef) asked us to choose from fresh prawns, red snapper or chicken and how we would like them cooked. Best prawns I have had, ever. Fresh, tender and meaty.... More 

Thank Laura F C G
St. Paul
2 reviews
Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

I brought my family here for a wonderful meal. I loved the Grilled Chicken sandwich. Soo tasty The guacamole and patacones are out of this world. Best I have ever had!! You need to try out this quaint restaurant by the beach. Brand new to Cristina's is a super talented Canadian Chef. So friendly and helpful with choosing menu items.... More 

Thank 936deenas
Level Contributor
18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

My two kids, hubby and I ate here yesterday. We were greeted warmly and introduced to the new chef. A lovely little family run hotel and restaurant, they just brought in a Canadian chef for the upcoming season. The restaurant is quaint, clean and close to the beach. The food is home cooked and although they offer a Casado, also... More 

Thank Stephanie S
Alberta, Canada
Level Contributor
22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2016 via mobile

Had an opportunity to eat here 2x on our most recent visit to the Tambor area. Cafe Christina delivered authentic food at reasonable pricing. Having limited Spanish didn't matter as the waiter was more than patient in helping us select items from the menu. Not incredibly varied fare but tasty and fresh. From the shrimp and rice to chicken and... More 

Thank Rob P
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Level Contributor
12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2015 via mobile

Great way to avoid airport food - fresh ingredients and welcoming atmosphere. Grab that last bit of Costa Rican beans & rice for the trip home

Thank OscarGreenwald
BC Canada
Level Contributor
11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2015 via mobile

A great place to stop on the way to and from the airport. Some if the tastiest food we had here in CR, able to accommodate our various dietary restrictions, and the pleasant owner speaks english. Great family restaurant for everyone!

Thank famyof4
Lyon, France
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2015

Not that it was the food was bad but we were served 3 fishes coming directly from the freezer. I would expect to be told at the beginning that it was not a fish of the day. Friendly people otherwise.

1 Thank C C

Travellers who viewed Restaurant and Cafe Cristina also viewed

Tambor, Province of Puntarenas
Tambor, Province of Puntarenas
Tambor, Province of Puntarenas
Tambor, Province of Puntarenas

Been to Restaurant and Cafe Cristina? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Central American, Costa Rican, Seafood, South American, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: in front of the old Catholic church in Tambor, Tambor 60111, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Tambor
  • Phone Number: +506 2683 0028
Tasty food prepared with local ingredients. If you don't like it, you don't pay - that's our guarantee of quality.

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Restaurant and Cafe Cristina staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?