what sets us apart

Nearly everything you see on our menu is homemade.

We use no canned or processed goods, only the freshest ingredients available.

All our meat and produce are sourced locally,
and we only offer fish and lobster caught right here in Tortuguero.

We create original fusion recipes that mix the best of Californian and Costa Rican cuisines.

Terrace View

Panorama of our Front Terrace

our menu


We are open for dinner, 6 days a week (closed Tuesdays)

6:00pm – 9:00pm

how to find us

Just head North along the main path until you reach the park with the big bird statues, and turn right towards the school.
After the last school building, turn left onto the dirt path and walk about 200 meters further.

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“This new beachfront standout is a fantastic addition to village dining options. Well-balanced fusion cuisine utilizes fresh ingredients… Leave room for dessert.”

“Located on the ocean side of the village, this small spot has boldly sought to make a mark on the local dining scene. Their culinary philosophy is defined as “California meets Costa Rica.” The menu features everything from seasonal lobster and mango ceviche to a beef tenderloin in a coffee rub. I especially like the ginger-marinated chicken with a passion fruit sauce. For dessert, be sure to try their molten chocolate-espresso cake.”

“One of Tortuguero’s newest restaurants and certainly its most cosmopolitan, ecofriendly Wild Ginger exudes an unmistakeable Californian vibe. Its inventive dishes include treats like passionfruit chicken and Wild Ginger shrimp; the prices are reasonable across the board.”

“This modern, upscale restaurant is a hidden gem tucked away on a lonely dirt path… High-end gringo (hamburgers, filet mignon) meets traditional tico (patacones, black bean dip) with tropical flair (coconut shrimp, ginger chicken salad).”

“Down a bougainvillea-draped path in carless Tortuguero is a stylish open-air restaurant that serves delicious food drawing from both Caribbean and California cuisines. The owners are a young couple, he from Costa Rica and she from California, and they work hard to make this a welcoming, high-quality place.”

“Touted as one of the best eats in town, Wild Ginger’s small menu stresses quality over quantity. Start off with crispy plantain baskets or guacamole, then try the Caribbean chili, ginger chicken salad or filet mignon… Locals and travelers both rave about the service, tasty Costa Rica-California fusion food and oceanfront location, so stop on by.”

Wild Ginger Cafe

We have now opened a cafe in the heart of Tortuguero village! Open from 10am to 6pm daily. The cafe is located on the main street, just south of the Big Birds Park (the one with the giant toucan and parrot statues!).

Strawberry Cupcakes

Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes

Big Birds Park

“Big Birds” Park

Our menu includes the following:

Espresso, Cappuccino, Latte, Mocha and the iced versions of each

Bottled water and soft drinks

Ice cream cones and sundaes

Real ice cream milkshakes

Fresh fruit smoothies

Homemade muffins, cupcakes, empanadas and cookies

“The Best Brownie I Ever Ate!” with salted caramel sauce

We hope to see you soon!

contact us

If you have questions about our menu or hours, or would like to make a reservation one day or more in advance, please send us an email with this form. Reservations are confirmed once you have received an affirmative response from us.

To contact us directly between the hours of 9am and 10pm (GMT-6), call +(506)2709-8240