AmaTierra's Farm to Table Restaurant
At AmaTierra, guests can enjoy some of the freshest foods in all of Costa Rica. Our Cuisine is International, with an emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables, some home-grown in our organic gardens. Meals are accented by delicious spices such as fresh turmeric, ginger, basil and lemongrass grown on our permaculture farm.
Guests enjoy family-style meals served on the balcony. Our dishes are either vegetarian or include fresh fish or hormone-free chicken. We do our best to honor individual dietary concerns and we can adapt our menu for vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free diets.
“…I cannot say enough about the food: wonderful, healthy, flavorful. I did buy the AmaTierra cookbook to allow me to keep eating some of my favorite meals that were prepared during my stay.” –Sonja Olsen, 2017
Because of AmaTierra’s unique reputation as a wellness center, you have the opportunity to consult with a professional nutritionist/herbalist about a diet that is best for you and begin implementing that protocol while you are here at the Retreat. This session also opens a door to self-discovery and new possibilities for helping health issues. You will be seen not just as a person whose symptoms need soothing, but as a unique individual with underlying causes for imbalances which are unique to YOUR body. A session with owner Jill Ruttenberg, registered AHG (American Herbalist Guild) herbalist will help create a dietary regimen and lifestyle shift, as well as addressing your health problems by using herbal and homeopathic remedies.
What's for Breakfast?
Serving up a variety of seasonal fruits, traditional Costa Rican “gallopinto” rice and bean dish, fresh farm eggs from our own chickens, whole grain bread and organic coffees and teas, AmaTierra guests feel pampered and satisfied. Leaner options such as oatmeal with goji berries or yogurt & granola with soaked seeds & flax are also available.
A consultation with one of our health professionals can lead you to a diet appropriate for your goals and we can help you get started on detoxifying or making dietary changes.
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What's for dinner?
Our local cooks serve up delicious dishes made with fresh fish, such as our Coconut-crusted mahi mahi, chicken dishes (orange/mango chicken with coriander, served with brown rice is one favorite) or vegetarian dishes such as Fresh Spinach Enchiladas and Vegetarian Thai Curry over rice. Enjoy a glass of Organic Wine or Costa Rican Beer with dinner, (these are the only alcoholic beverages served on the property). Snacks are available as are a variety of healthy fruit or green Smoothies and Coconut water straight from the coconut!
As our goal is healthful, enjoyable dining, you will feel good about AmaTierra’s attention to freshness and wholesome ingredients. A beautiful salad with fresh greens from the greenhouse is part of every day. We use only healthful oils,(no trans-fats) real butter and local honey, often substituting honey or “dulce” (minimally processed sugar cane) for white sugar. Desserts are homemade, gluten-free and generally light, though we accommodate everybody’s love for chocolate!
“…The food is very good. Breakfasts are simple, fresh fruit and eggs and rice/beans or yogurt and granola, lunches were generally a salad with something good on top, and dinners were delicious affairs usually with soup and a delicious entree with fresh fish or a vegetarian option. Also yummy not sweet cold drinks. We were offered to eat at separate tables but our group became so cohesive that we ended up sitting together family style. Wonderful!” –AmaTierra Guest 2017