Tucked inside the world-renowned Hotel Belmar of Monteverde is a culinary gem of Costa Rica: Celajes Restaurant and Bar. From their fresh and inventive dishes to their craft beers brewed on-site, Celajes brings Costa Rican inspiration to every meal of your day.
Surrounded by the gorgeous Cloud Forest on Monteverde Reserve, Celajes Restaurant features some of the most sustainable farm-to-table dining experiences found in Costa Rica.
On your visit to the Hotel Belmar, you’ll see their impressive organic garden sprouting the herbs and vegetables used in the restaurant’s dishes. Their bio-intensive techniques provide natural protection from the environment and maximize the nutrients of each plant. Take a stroll through the garden yourself or ask for a complimentary guided tour!
The Belmar family - who run the Celajes Restaurant and the Hotel Belmar - also manage their own organic and pesticide-free farm. Madre Tierra (which means Mother Earth) brings many other ingredients to the Celajes table, including homegrown coffee beans and free-range eggs. You might also find some of their fruits or flowers gracing your plate.
Your craving for sustainable, earth-to-table fare will certainly be satisfied by the seasonal dishes of Celajes.
Start your day on the Celajes veranda to sample their famous Caribbean French Toast, with expertly crafted flavors of banana, coconut, cinnamon, strawberries, and mint. Topped with a syrup of lavender and cane sugar, it will be a decadent start to your day.
If you’ve made the excellent choice to stay at the Hotel Belmar itself, take advantage of the a la carte menu to have breakfast served on your own private terrace as you breathe in the air and sight of the rainforest canopy surrounding you. Fresh cheese, fruit, coffee, and bacon from Madre Tierra will be a refreshing way to wake up.
Want to start your day of tree-climbing in the Cloud Forest on a lighter note? Swing by the hotel’s juice bar for a smoothie or “yogo shake” to go.
After a morning of sightseeing or rejuvenating, you can join visitors and locals for lunch by the Hotel Belmar’s sparkling natural lake. The gorgeous waters may inspire you to try Celajes’ catch of the day, served up alongside creamy avocado rice, carrot and mango carpaccio, and fried jackfruit.
If you are lodging at the Hotel Belmar, you can order your Celajes lunch picnic-style, with your choice of food, dessert, and favorite South American wine packed in a basket to take along on your exploration of Monteverde.
Beer lovers from across Costa Rica rave about the brewery at Celajes Bar! The water used in Cervezas Artesanales Belmar’s craft beers comes from their very own spring in the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Visit the tap room where you can sample these local brews and enjoy the scenery of the beer garden.
During happy hour, you can enjoy one of Celajes’ signature garden-to-glass cocktails made using seasonal ingredients from the on-site garden. Order a Tico Tonic alongside your bar snack, or sample guaro (Costa Rica’s national liquor) infused with the restaurant’s homemade syrups and bitters.
In addition to room service, Celajes Restaurant and Bar offers private dining in their Tea Room. Sip the house wine and nibble a charcuterie of fresh local cheeses, grilled vegetables, and homemade bread while your personal waiter brings out your custom-crafted entree.
Whether dining on the balcony of Celajes looking out over the Pacific Ocean or winding down with a meal in your room’s hot tub, dinner will be a delectable experience. An appetizer of tomato and roasted squash soup will whet your appetite for a succulent main course such as beef tenderloin with salted criolla potatoes and chimichurri. Wrap up the day’s perfect dining adventures with a chocolate and coffee pot de creme as the rainforest melodies prepare you for a great night’s sleep.