The Food Lab

In the heart of Playa Potrero lies our Food Lab (Test Kitchen).
Every evening, four guests gather around our kitchen counter to
savor an ever-changing 8-course tasting menu. This intimate
experience, melds culinary innovation with tradition. As the sun
sets, delve into dishes crafted with passion and storytelling,
offering a unique taste narrative every night.



Rlt local food

Food Lab

Live your foodie dream and taste our unique and creative dining menu that consists of 8 beautifully crafted dishes. Within our 90-minute exclusive dinner, you will have a front-row seat to our extraordinary innovation and passion for cooking that will be the highlight of your trip to Costa Rica.

Rlt cuisine over the embers

Over the embers

Let us take you through an experience of all-natural, locally sourced ingredients that demonstrate the beauty and practicality of the surrounding environment, while cooked over the embers.

Rlt cuisine secrets of the sea

Secrets of the sea

With fresh seafood just 2 minutes away from our kitchen and a locally grown organic vegetable farm just 15 minutes away, this is a farm-to-table diner that exemplify the community values.

Rlt cuisine cooking class experience 1

Local food Cooking class

Join chef Gilberto and his team of passionate local chefs for an unforgettable, authentic Costa Rican meal while learning the secrets of some iconic local dishes

What our customers say

Roshy p
Roshy P
Lovely experience This was one of the most amazing experience that we had in Guanacoste. You can have a few chefs coming to cook a prefix menu at your home. The food is really good.
Jennifer k
Jennifer K
Fun, interactive amazing cooking experience with professional chefs We had a wonderful interactive cooking experience with Chefs Santi and Ema. They came to our vacation rental and served us an amazing meal, letting us help prepare, teaching us about the foods and answering all of our questions. It was a great evening to watch them work up close and to learn about their professional culinary history. Since they strive for zero waste, they get to be creative with the local ingredients. It turned out amazing! Highly recommend this personal experience.
Tina h
Tina H
Once-in-a-lifetime Culinary Experience The absolute best experience we had during our entire Costa Rica trip (and we had some amazing adventures)!!! Chef Gilberto is an incredible man with a phenomenal story. Making food together with him was an honor and a privilege. The seafood comes from two minutes away, the veggies come from 15 minutes away, his techniques are flawless, his flavors are huge. You will walk away learning a lot and having an out-of-this-world eating experience. We made traditional Costa Rican food together and he even had local beach and soda recommendations that enhanced our trip. Clean, adorable, professional small facility, easy to get to. Sharing conversating and cooking with Gilberto will be something to remember for many years! Whether you want him and his team to be your private chef, caterers, or to do a tasting menu or cooking class we HIGHLY RECOMMEND making a reservation with him. Check him out on Instagram or TikTok as well. If you are a foodie, DO NOT MISS THIS EXPERIENCE!!
Regina h
Regina H
Best dinner on the Nicoya Peninsula Incredible personal dining experience in a charming chef owned kitchen. Eight courses painstakingly prepared with local produce and fresh seafood. Instructive, entertaining and absolutely delicious. Was a complete palate blowing experience. Please make a reservation and take advantage of their culinary expertise and passion to feed the soul and body. Really a treat!
Foodie Heaven Confession: we are foodies. Recommendation: eat here. From the first swipe of herbed butter on handmade bread to the last lick of that chocolate from that indescribable dessert, every bite was delightful. There's no point in describing the food because it will be different every day. It is local, it is international, it is unique - but most of all, it is delicious. There was a curried sauce complementing one dish that could have covered a rubber boot and I would have asked for seconds. We had a little trouble finding RLT's location, but WAZE and Google Maps have it right. The trick is the parking lot is for several businesses and the parking lot attendant knows that it is Gilberto the chef's place rather than RLT. He parked us across the street in a different lot because the closer lot was full. Very helpful attendant. Roberto produced dish after dish after dish for us after taking into consideration what dietary restrictions or preferences we had as a group. We took our own wine which was appropriately poured for us throughout the meal. Josue acted as sous chef AND pastry chef. We were thoroughly pampered and educated about local fruits and vegetables, cooking techniques and any weird question we asked. If you are within an hour of Potrero, you deserve a night of culinary bliss. Do it.
Maria b
Maria B
Cena privada Una experiencia gastronomica de primer nivel, para compartir con amigos que les gusta la buena cocina. Un sitio divino, lleno de detalles, combinación de sabores y texturas que se deshacen en la boca, vinos exquisitos y el team servicial, siempre atentos a que disfrutaramos la experiencia, sin descuidar el mínimo detalle y una filosofia de negocio que inspira. Esperando una experiencia gastronómica nueva con Gil y su equipo. 🥳💯
María fernanda s
María Fernanda S
Experiencia culinaria!! Una experiencia que mezcla productos locales y exquisitos sabores que solo un grupo de personas apasionadas por el arte culinario pueden dar. Gracias chicos RLT Cuisine por la atención y excelente cena. Esperando que se repita pronto.
Erin f
Erin F
Mother / Daughter Dinner 🤍 Eating at Gil’s kitchen is a MUST when visiting the Potrero area. He and his kitchen team are dedicated to providing a unique experience to each visitor with fresh ingredients found locally and crafted into the most delicious, one of a kind dishes, plated artfully and inspired by local tradition. With a story behind every component of your dish your meal will be full of flavor, learning and laughs.
Estefania r
Estefania R
RTL cuisine This is probably the most exclusive dinning experience in the whole Guanacaste region. RLT Cuisine is a 4-seat tasting menu restaurant set around a marble counter, run by chef Gilberto and his team. Even though they change their menu every day (depending on what's in season) The highlight of that night menu was a smoked catch of the day, served with an umami-rich fermented local white bean pureé. Each dish was served in a beautiful and elegant way. The whole team is incredible clean and organized. Kitchen was pristine throughout the experience. If you are in the area, don't hesitate to make a reservation and be part of this experience.
Creativity & Food Love RLT kitchen is a top of the list food experience in Guanacaste. Watching the progression of mastermind Chef Gilberto & team has been a joy & the new kitchen is the perfect intimate setting. The always changing, locally sourced ingredients lend to a unique menu that is both complex & simple. The food shines as does the staff with stories of travels and food searches. A small yet growing retail section let’s visitors take home a variety of salts, herbs, etc. all curated by Chef Gilberto. We look forward to dining there on our next visit 🌞


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