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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4 based on 257 reviews
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.
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!
4 based on 92 reviews
Was blown away by how good the food was! Wasnât expecting much when we arrived but the friendly service (though no English) and chicken enchiladas were great!
4 based on 116 reviews
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!
4 based on 293 reviews
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.
4 based on 392 reviews
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.
5 based on 58 reviews
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
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.
4 based on 266 reviews
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
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.
4 based on 159 reviews
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
4 based on 1908 reviews
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 Joseâs finest dining establishments, frequented by locals and t
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.
5 based on 359 reviews
Silvestre is located in one of San JosÃ©'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
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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