Good morning everyone. Here is the final part of my Andaz Papagayo Resort review. Part 1 had photos of the resort, part 2 had photos of my room, and today’s post will have photos of the food, menus, and a MONKEY?! Yes, believe it or not, one of the local monkeys jumped on my table as I was eating lunch and ran off with my tortillas! I didn’t think he was going to grab my tortillas, so I slowly reached into my pocket to take out my phone, and as I was pressing the photo button, he grabbed my tortillas and ran.
With that said, I really liked the food at the resort, but it is expensive. In this post, I will show you my 2 breakfast meals and 2 lunch meals. We had late breakfasts and late lunches so we wouldn’t be hungry for dinner. I also included photos of my receipts that show how expensive each item was. As of February 7, the exchange rate is $1 US Dollar = ~570 Costa Rican Dollars.
Rio Bhongo has breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is where I had all of my meals. It is located in the middle of the resort with a nice view of the pool and bay off in the distance.
Breakfast #1: American Breakfast (aka all you can eat buffet)
Here is the breakfast menu. One side is in English and the other side is in Spanish, but all the prices are in US Dollars. Tax and gratuity are automatically added and come out to 23%. If you are staying at the resort multiple days, you should go with the American Breakfast ($32 before tax/gratuity) and try everything. Then the next time you have breakfast, you know exactly what you want to order.
I love fruit, so I always try the local fruit when I travel. There was also a juice bar with 4-5 different flavors of freshly squeezed juices. I tried an orange/pineapple juice and a watermelon juice.
Here are some photos of the fruit station with watermelon, cantaloupe, pineapple, papaya, kiwi, and orange. The fruit choices might change seasonally.
They also had freshly baked bread and homemade jams and jellies. There were also pancakes, waffles, and banana cake.
Jim tried all the egg dishes, potatoes, bacon, and a few other items. Everything was very tasty and filling. When the bill came, the total was $78.72 total, or $39.36 per person. If you do not think you can eat $40 worth of food for breakfast, you may want to order off the menu.
Breakfast #2: French Toast with Fruit
The following day, we went back to Rio Bhongo for breakfast. This time, we both ordered the french toast with bananas and we shared a bowl of fruit.
Since the french toast took a while to come out, they comped us the french toast without asking. The french toast was really good and so was the bowl of fruit.
The bowl of fruit cost $9.84. If we were charged for the french toast, that would have cost $12.30.
Lunch #1: Casado with a Side of Chips, Salsa, and Guacamole
For my first lunch, I went back to Rio Bhongo. Here is the lunch menu. I ordered the Casado which had rice, beans, plantains, beef, and a side salad. They also brought out free plantain chips with salsa and guacamole.
The plantain chips were very good and make me hungry just thinking about them. The main course was delicious. I ate the rice, beans and beef together, then ate my salad, and saved the plantain for dessert (it was caramelized with brown sugar). At this point, the monkey jumped on my table and stole my tortillas.
The bill was $22.14, which I thought was a very good price for the amount of food I ate. I would definitely recommend that dish.
Lunch #2: Arroz Con Pollo, Chicken Sandwich & Yucca Fries
The following day, we were back at Rio Bhongo for lunch. I ordered the Arroz Con Pollo (rice and corn) which was basically the same thing as my previous lunch but with chicken instead of beef.
The food was very good, but I much preferred the beef. Jim ordered the chicken sandwich which came with cajun chicken breast, pineapple, bacon, and chipotle mayo. We both got a side salad.
I also ordered a side of yucca fries, but they were very filling, much more than traditional french fries. The total for this lunch was $49.20. My meal was $22.14, Jim’s meal was $19.68, and the yucca fries were $7.38.
Even though we didn’t eat at any of the other restaurants at the resort, there was tapas restaurant with a bar.
Outside the tapas restaurant, there were plenty of seats.
When we checked out, the total bill was $159.90, all of it coming from our 4 meals.
I won’t lie, the food is expensive, but it is really good. There are really no other restaurant options nearby either. My recommendation is to eat a big breakfast and big lunch and skip dinner. If you have any questions about the food or restaurants, please leave a comment below. Have a great day everyone!
Here are all parts of my Central / South America trip:
- Adios Amigos! I’m Traveling Around Central / South America (LPB, UYU, GUA, SAL, MGA & LIR)
- PSA / Tip: Always Bring a Pen When You Travel
- Riding the Cable Cars (Mi Teleférico) Around La Paz, Bolivia for Under $3
- Salar de Uyuni: Bolivia’s Magical, Mirror-like Salt Flat Oasis (2018 Dakar Rally & Crazy Photos)
- PSA: Check Existing Airline Confirmations for Cancelled Flights a Few Days Before Travel
- Hotel Review: Courtyard Marriott Guatemala City & Amazing Guatemalan Restaurant Nearby (Casa Chapina)
- Visit the Amazing (93 Years Young) Guatemala City Zoo for $5
- Hotel Review: Sheraton Presidente San Salvador Hotel (Great Location, Lounge & Breakfast)
- Day Trip: San Salvador Volcano & Restaurant La Pupusa Loka
- PSA: Get Yellow Fever Vaccine Before Visiting Nicaragua (& Some Other Central / South American Countries)
- My Incredible 14 Seat Cessna Flight from San Jose (SJO) to Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR)
- Andaz Papagayo Resort Part 1: The Resort is Beautiful
- Andaz Papagayo Resort Part 2: The Room was Great
- Andaz Papagayo Resort Part 3: The Food is Expensive, but Delicious