Brasas del Mar

More than a meal. An authentic experience.

Guests and locals alike are welcome to join us for an authentic dining experience using only the freshest, most wholesome, locally sourced ingredients. We prepare our traditional Costa Rican dishes like our ancestors did over an open fire and join together to eat in a social atmosphere.

Come discover age-old techniques and taste the flavors of history at Brasas del Mar, located within Casa Chameleon Hotel at Mal Pais.

Hours of Operation

Mix & Mingle: 2pm on                    Happy Hour: 5-7pm                   Dinner: 7-9pm                    Bar Closes: 10pm

Marinated with History

Chef Jose spent his childhood barbecuing with his family every summer. Building fire pits and cooking over open flames became an integral part of his family time spent together. He was the one who cooked on the grill, always testing the long-burning embers and learning how to work with the most tender meats, freshest fish and local spices. What flavors!

Taste the Tradition

Natural and simple foods are selected daily from farm and ocean dock and brought back for preparation to serve at our community style tables. Sip great wines paired with slow cooked meats or enjoy the catch of the day (sometimes reeled in by the chef himself). You may want to even sneak a peek of the cooking process throughout the day when you wander by and smell the mouth-watering flavors.

About Chef Jose Lopez

Born in San Jose, Costa Rica, Chef Jose Lopez has established himself as a leading connoisseur of his country’s culinary identity–a melting pot of European, African and Meso-American influences. He has spent his career championing Costa Rica’s indigenous products, flavors, and culinary traditions, while actively advocating for the preservation of the natural resources and beauty of his country.


“The idea of a new kind of Costa Rican restaurant began to take shape. A place where everything is cooked over a fire, just like our ancestors did. Calling upon generations of old recipes, it became clear I could create a menu just using fire. No electricity required!“
~ Chef Jose

Dining Events

Set menu of 8 to 10 options + 1 or 2 daily specials. Communal dining for up to 16 people per night.

BBQ Event:

A culturally rich experience to be remembered. Enjoy this Costa Rican barbecue where the timing is perfected, the people create the setting and the tastes are something to be savored.

Sample dishes offered:

  • Whole fish, or whole fish fillet
  • Whole chicken
  • Pork ribs with pancetta
  • Lamb arm, leg, or cutlets
  • Beef short ribs
  • NY strip or ribeye
  • Sweetbreads
  • Picahna
  • Skirt steak
  • “S’mores” dessert, so guests can participate in the “finale” of the event
  • Digestif or dessert wine

Seafood Feast Event

Experience a tasting of fresh fish and seafood from local waters, caught on the same day of the tasting. If you’re in the right place at the right time, you might even be invited on the fishing trip during the day.

Sample dishes offered:

  • Sashimi
  • Ceviche
  • Tuna appetizer or small chowder-broth
  • Seafood appetizer or 1/2 main dish (octopus, shrimp, or calamari)
  • Fish / 100 gram fillet
  • Small dessert

Fish options might include: Mahi-Mahi, Seabass, Grouper, Red Snapper, Amberjack, Yellowfin Tuna, Barracuda, Mackerel, and Snook

Price $65 per person including taxes. Excludes drinks for the fire pit cookouts.
Veggies, cheese, family style salads, proteins, something sweet to leave with.


Price $55 per person excluding drinks for seafood night
Different small plates such as ceviche, calamari, etc., plus one main catch of the day, something sweet to leave with.

Casa Chameleon Mal Pais Refreshing Drinks

Useful Details


The two most popular spoken languages in Costa Rica are Spanish and English.

Check-in and Check-out

Check-in: 3 p.m. Check-out: 11 a.m.
Departure day is never fun, so we make it as easy as possible. Our office will send your invoice statement to your e-mail adress the night before check-out.

Accepted Credit Cards

We accept Visa, American Express, Mastercard, Diners and Discovery cards. We do not accept traveler’s checks.