Rave #4: Graffiti Restro Café & Wine Bar

Graffiti Jaco Dining RoomGraffiti Restro Cafe & Wine Bar is a small restaurant tucked into the back corner of a nondescript little strip mall on the main drag in Jacó. Two diminutive dining rooms are joined by an open arched doorway. It’s definitely worth searching this place out.

Graffiti Jaco Menu

The small regular menu features a few apps, a few salads, some main courses, a tasty children’s menu, and a call-out box with a few good bargains, including $10 taco and slider plates.

A justifiably popular signature dish here—that has a permanent spot on the regular menu—is the cacao and coffee encrusted beef tenderloin.  I also love the seared tuna salad with honey basil dressing and soy caramel.  And, you can’t go wrong with the blackened tuna fish tacos.

Graffiti Jaco Skewers


However, it’s the regularly changing chalkboard menu that usually piques my interest. The chef and owner, Danny Clark, is Alabama-born and cut his teeth cooking in New Orleans. He also opened the original Tsunami Sushi in Jacó many years ago. The nightly menu may contain some southern U.S.-inspired fare, a tip of the hat to Nuevo Latino cuisine, or an East Asian flavored concoction using local ingredients. On a recent visit we had the Pad Thai with lobster and shrimp.

Graffiti Jaco Tuna SaladFor dessert, we went the “Elvis Special” some decadent French toast sandwiched with ripe banana and peanut butter and doused in a sweet rum syrup.

The well-thought out wine list here features several good by-the-glass options.

You’ll also sometimes find live music or a DJ spinning tunes here.

Graffiti Jaco SurfboardsDanny, whose business-card job description reads: “Visionary,” also is a surfboard shaper, who has taken to crafting laminate, hollow-core, wooden surfboards that are functional works of art. These are on sale and display in a small shop adjacent to the restaurant, where you can also pick up his hand-crafted skateboard decks and unique wooden body-surfing aids.

Graffiti is open Monday through Saturday from 5pm to 10pm. Tel: 2643-1708. Reservations are recommended, especially on weekends, and throughout the high season.

Jaco Graffiti Chalkboard