Observatory Bar & Restaurant "El Jilguero"

Enjoy delicious meals in our Arenal Observatory restaurant, El Jilguero, with floor-to-ceiling windows looking at the “so-close-you-could-touch-it” southern slope of Arenal Volcano, and panoramic views of Arenal Lake. Restaurant doors open to the wide viewpoint deck just outside, giving you a completely unobstructed view of the towering volcano and the rainforest leading down to the picturesque lake.

Our terrace doubles as a sun deck and provides the perfect place to meet other travelers from around the world and hear about their adventures. Happy hour on the deck daily from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. is the perfect time to experience the sunset over Lake Arenal. If there is any volcanic activity, this is definitely an excellent spot for front-row viewing. The surrounding gardens draw tropical birds and other animals for fantastic photo opportunities.

The Cerro Chato Bar is another wonderful spot to gather and meet other guests and to see the sunset. Large sofas invite you to relax and chat. You can browse the bookshelves for a good read, or use the chess set.

Our ample “eat as much as you want” breakfast buffet will fill you up for a day of adventure with hot coffee and tea, fresh juices, cereals, pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, fresh homemade breakfast breads, and Costa Rica’s famous “gallo pinto” breakfast of rice, black beans, and spices.

Be sure to check out our lunch, dinner, kid's, dessert, and bar menus for an idea of our offerings.

A la carté lunches and dinners are exquisite masterpieces of Costa Rican and international cuisine prepared by our chefs. Our substantial wine selection will delight you.

Delicious cuisine. Excellent service. Stunning volcano and lake views.

Life couldn’t get much better!

El Jilguero meal times:

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

*The Cerro Chato Bar is open from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. every day.