Top 10 Central American food in San Jose, Province of San Jose, Costa Rica

February 18, 2020 Brain Ambrose

Find out what Central American restaurants to try in San Jose. Vibrant and packed with Victorian mansions, Costa Rica's rowdy, bustling capital was built on the profits of the coffee trade and working "golden bean" plantations still surround the city. Try freshly roasted local beans at Mercado Central. For shinier gold, visit the Museo del Oro. Many renovated landmarks now house stylish hotels. Usually viewed as a hub, rather than a destination, nightlife is concentrated in Spanish village-inspired El Pueblo. Don't miss the elegant 1897 National Theater.
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10. Alma De Amon

Calle 5 Entre Avenida 9 y 11, San Jose 11681 Costa Rica Mexican, Latin, Peruvian, Bar, South American, Central American, Costa Rican Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Seating, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service +506 4700 2637 http://almadeamon.com/
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4 based on 257 reviews

Alma De Amon

Alma de Amon is a restaurant specializing in Latino Soul Food. The menu is comprised of dishes from all over the region along with craft cocktails inspired by classic Latino cocktails and local artisanal ingredients.

Reviewed By Ellie B

We ate here as part of a tour luncheon and the food was excellent and they did a great job serving us. The guacamole they served first was terrific and the roasted vegetables and sliders were both excellent. And we loved the atmosphere!

9. La Muny Restaurante & Bar

Avenida 10 300 mts este de la Municipalidad de San Jose, San Jose Costa Rica Bar, Central American, Costa Rican, Caribbean, Latin, International, Pub Lunch, Dinner Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Table Service, Takeout, Serves Alcohol +506 2233 0279 https://www.facebook.com/pages/LA-MUNY-RESTAURANTE-Y-BAR/106235776111637
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4 based on 92 reviews

La Muny Restaurante & Bar

Reviewed By Campbell C

Was blown away by how good the food was! Wasn’t expecting much when we arrived but the friendly service (though no English) and chicken enchiladas were great!

8. Al Mercat

Avenue 13 Barrio Escalante, De la Iglesia Sta. Teresita 200 metros norte y 150 este, San Jose Costa Rica International, Spanish, Fusion, Central American, Costa Rican Dinner, Lunch Reservations, Seating, Table Service, Serves Alcohol [email protected] +506 2221 0783 https://www.almercat.com
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4 based on 116 reviews

Al Mercat

Reviewed By Sheila S

This restaurant is not large but the food is so good. I started with a Yucca Ceviche, which was delicious. I was with a large group and I believe we tried every starter. No one was disappointed. The avocado toast was VERY popular. The entrees were all delicious and even though there were 16 of us, we were relatively quickly served. The kitchen is small but mighty! The desserts were delicious. I was very impressed with this restaurant. I know I would not have found it without our guide but am very happy we did!

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7. La Criollita

Avenida 7 Between Calle 7 and 9, San Jose 10101 Costa Rica Latin, Central American, Costa Rican Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Television, Free Wifi +506 2256 6511 http://www.facebook.com/La-Criolla-834723459974474/
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4 based on 293 reviews

La Criollita

Reviewed By karlou83

Very good local food and service. I recommend the Ceviche and Plancha fish. I was there alone but I think this a good place for groups too.

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6. Machu Picchu

Calle 32 150m norte del KFC, San Jose Costa Rica Peruvian, Latin, Seafood, Central American Lunch, Dinner, Late Night Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Table Service +506 2222 7384 http://www.restaurantemachupicchu.com
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4 based on 392 reviews

Machu Picchu

Reviewed By supersquirrel3

The menu has a big alert along the bottom warning you of the 27% service charge for the restaurant. Do your math beforehand so you don't end up shocked, even if you did see it coming (raising my hand here).The service was friendly and attentive but the food took my attention here. What our group had to say about it:Veggie causa: Mushrooms, carrots, peppers, and broccoli on the mashed potato heaven. Very good.Pasta with shrimp: Sauce was unique and super creamy. Shrimp cooked well. Tasty.Chicken with ham: Essentially a cordon blue. Cooked well with good ham. Cabbage salad was tasty.Was it worth the 27% service charge? Depends. If you have access to great Peruvian food elsewhere, no. If you don't, yes. But after a review of our receipt we saw they had taken several hundred colones of the prices of our meal, dropping it lower than what we should have paid. Thank you!If you are not on a budget and want a fancy night out with great Peruvian food, this is the ticket.

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5. 11.47 Restaurante Aranjuez

De la Avenida 11, 47 varas al Norte, Barrio Aranjuez next to Hotel Aranjuez, San Jose 10101 Costa Rica Central American, Costa Rican Lunch, Dinner Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Table Service, Private Dining, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards [email protected] +506 2256 1825 http://www.hotelaranjuez.com/11-47
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5 based on 58 reviews

11.47 Restaurante Aranjuez

We're not a typical restaurant, but we use only local, fresh and seasonal products to create all of our dishes. We also have 2 different surprise tasting menus with all times different from the menu and from each other. We want to give a memorable culinar

Reviewed By guislen2019

High quality ingredients with creative dishes that are inspired by traditional Costa Rican flavors and foods. Fruits and vegetables from Costa Rica are celebrated in all of their entrees, appetizers and desserts, escalating them to a fine dining experience without the fine dining price. Highly recommend this place!Hi, Guislen!Thank you very much for this amazing review and for reposting it in our original profile! We're very glad that you enjoyed our experience and we're looking forward to seeing you again! Best regards.

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4. Mantras Veggie Cafe and Tea House

200 metros Este, 25 metros Sur de la Rotonda del Farolito Barrio Escalante, San Jose Costa Rica Cafe, Central American, Costa Rican, Healthy Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Reservations, Table Service [email protected] +506 2253 6715 http://www.facebook.com/mantrasveggiecafe
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4 based on 266 reviews

Mantras Veggie Cafe and Tea House

Beauty and health come from within, at MANTRAS, we are making this a possibility. We have RAW, ORGANIC, VEGAN, VEGETARIAN, GLUTEN, DAIRY & SUGAR FREE options that are DELICIOUS on your soul!! The active enzymes that our food provides your body will allow

Reviewed By Azuki_B

Enjoyed lunch on the back terrace which is quite pleasant surrounded by plants and lots of fresh air. The portions are quite large and filling. It was difficult to choose from all the veg options. Overall the food was tasty. Next time I will pass on the fresh juice as it was green but tasted like water.

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3. Arbol de Seda

Barrio Escalante 7th Av 35 Th street, San Jose Costa Rica Latin, Fusion, Healthy, Central American, Costa Rican Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch Reservations, Seating, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Table Service, Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi [email protected] +506 2281 0513 http://www.facebook.com/ArbolDeSeda/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&fref=nf
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4 based on 159 reviews

Arbol de Seda

Reviewed By DayZ0212

We absolutely love this place... the food is amazing... Staff super nice and the chef is the owner so all is made with so much love and dedication. We will return soon and try out the rest of the menu. Deserts are also delicious.Thank you Day for your kind review! We hope to see you back soon.Our best regards!Chef Lalay

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2. Restaurante Grano de Oro

Calle 30, Avenida 2 y 4 #251, San Jose 10107 Costa Rica French, Latin, European, Central American, Costa Rican, International Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +506 2255 3322 http://www.hotelgranodeoro.com/restaurant_intro.html
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4 based on 1908 reviews

Restaurante Grano de Oro

Restaurant Grano de Oro merges Costa Rican tropical with European cuisine under the expertise of our French chef Francis Canal. Once a simple cafe, this restaurant has evolved into one of San Jose’s finest dining establishments, frequented by locals and t

Reviewed By luismanesp

I visited the restaurant with mum and some dear friends.The restaurant is located inside Grano de Oro's Hotel.The atmosphere of this place is exquisite and absolutely unique in San Jose because the architecture of this hotel, despite is a recent work (modern) evokes the beautiful charm of Victorian architecture. There's a refined work of interior architecture and details which well worth a visit and which will make you feel you into another era.But not just the atmosphere counts, food is wonderful, tasty, refined and prepared with love and care.In the menu you can choose a wide variety of delicious dishes made with local ingredients and french cooking techniques, as well.I strongly encourage people to visit the place. It worth it!Luis Manuel Espinoza R.

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1. Restaurante Silvestre

Calle 3A - Ave. 11 - 955 Downtown, San Jose 10101 Costa Rica Latin, International, Contemporary, Central American, Costa Rican Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Free Wifi [email protected] +506 2221 2465 http://www.restaurantesilvestre.com
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5 based on 359 reviews

Restaurante Silvestre

Silvestre is located in one of San José's finest old neighborhoods, inside a house with a 1930's facade, where history becomes the story and XXI century culinary techniques collide with the origins of Costa Rican cuisine. 3 ambiances filled with art, grea

Reviewed By lazytravel

Had the set lunch and it was a good value. Service was great and the good was good. Downside is that parking is very inconvinient.

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