Award-Winning Restaurants in Jaco, Costa Rica: Adacus
Arguably the most compelling aspect of any romantic getaway, tropical honeymoon, or family vacation to awe-inspiring Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast is our world-class culinary scene. Many of the best restaurants in Jaco, Costa Rica, primarily utilize farm-to-table practices, local ingredients, and, of course, made-from-scratch gourmet cuisines—including Croc’s Resort & Casino very own Adacus Steakhouse and Seafood. When you choose Jaco Beach for your next tropical escape, you’ll be steps from pristine beaches, a lavish pool area, and, yes, Las Vegas-style casino table games. But don’t overlook the sumptuous menu curated by award-winning Executive Chef Luis Fernando Barrantes!
Executive Chef Luis Fernando Barrantes
Over the past two years, the luxuriant dining experience at Adacus Steakhouse and Seafood has been immensely enhanced by Fernando Barrantes and his sterling culinary team. Fernando Barrantes’ diverse background has played a significant role in this transformation as his heart is “divided” between Costa Rica (his homeland) and Mexico. Fernando Barrantes was born in the beautiful port town of Puntarenas, Costa Rica, approximately 70 kilometers north of Jaco Beach. However, he lived in Mexico for 12 years, where he fell in love with authentic Mexican cuisine.
In 2004, Fernando Barrantes began cooking professionally at a nearby hotel. After showcasing his unique abilities and creative vision, he earned a larger role at a Crowne Plaza in Mexico. He’s had the pleasure of cooking for Latin artists Alejandra Guzmán, Maribel Guardia, Luis Miguel, and many other famous stars. While living in Mexico, he also accepted internships in Italy and Spain—further enhancing his already far-reaching culinary skillset. Earlier in his career, he worked for the most important hotel company in Mexico where the last two years he served as a mentor. Working for the hotel chain allowed him to visit several countries, where he added several culinary practices to his repertoire. He attributes his most recent success to his talented team of professionals.
Discovering the Premier Restaurants in Jaco, Costa Rica
Thanks to Fernando Barrantes’ culinary vision, meticulously-crafted skillset, and superb leadership, Adacus Steakhouse and Seafood has evolved into one of the premier restaurants in Jaco, Costa Rica. He has been the “chef de cuisine” for two years, and his farm-to-table practices have earned high praise from critics, guests, and locals alike. If you’re lucky, you’ll bump into Fernando Barrantes at a local farm, farmers market, or food stand. He prefers to buy poultry, seafood, and, of course, fruit and vegetables right from the source. It’s also important to provide guests with an authentic and undeniably fresh dining experience. He loves to cook using a woodburning fireplace.
The Adacus Dining Experience
Yes, Adacus Steakhouse and Seafood overlooks our lavish pool area, pristine Jaco Beach, and the vast Pacific Ocean, but it will be impossible to pull your attention from your succulent entree. Adacus provides a sophisticated dining experience that you can’t find at any other restaurants in Jaco, Costa Rica: ocean-view dining, first-rate hospitality, local ingredients, and genuinely unforgettable entrees. Thanks to Fernando Barrantes’ pursuit of perfection, the always-evolving menu shifts with the seasons. Don’t return home without savoring Adacus’ jumbo, slow-cooked cognac butter shrimp, roasted oriental salmon, or tender skirt steak with sautéed spinach and tomato compote.
Luxurious Oceanfront Jaco Hotels
After relishing Fernando Barrantes’ culinary voyage across the seven seas, don’t forget to sip on a cocktail with your toes in the pool, go for a swim in the Pacific Ocean, and observe a heartwarming sunset from your suite. Our knowledgeable concierge is also more than happy to help with arranging a fishing charter, visit to Isla Tortuga, or ATV rainforest tour. And don’t forget that Croc’s Resort is one of the only Costa Rica casinos along the beach! To learn more about our five on-site Jaco restaurants, please visit us online or call 1-800-809-5506.