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Restaurants in San José

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30 places to eat in San José

Restaurants in San Jose
Nuestra Tierra Restaurant
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Nuestra Tierra Restaurant is the epitome of tropical restaurants. With large windows, high ceilings, wooden interiors and traditional decor, everything in it reminds you of exactly where you are. The food, by the way, is excellent. On our first night in the country we ordered a mixed grill and seafood and I think it actually helped us get over our jet lag! The waiters were very friendly and helped us our dishes. Its also just a 5 minutes' walk from the center of San José, in front of Plaza de la Democracia, so it's in a good area for an after dinner stoll.
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La Sorbetera de Lolo Mora
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Visiting the Central Market of San Jose is an experience - so much so that you'll probably need a guide to navigate its labyrinthine of corridors. It's there where you'll find La Sorbetera de Lolo Mora, a traditional sorbet stand whose famous recipe has remained unchanged for over a century. The sorbet has a unique vanilla and cinnamon flavor and is unusual for not containing any water. Absolutely delicious.
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Restaurante Ave 2
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Restaurante Ave 2 is located in the heart of San Jose and has balconies which open onto the street so you can watch the city life passing by as you enjoy your meal. Really good drinks menu ranging from Micheladas to Aguadulce con Leche.
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Café 7
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The cozy atmosphere, the combination of natural and artificial lighting, the quality and variety of food, and the the great service from all the members of staff, including the owner of the establishment itself. I must recommend this cafe restaurant place to all my friends. The breakfasts are particularly worth mentioning. They are served with a delicious fruit smoothie. They themselves make the pastry, and it is served with good coffee, either regular or "special" (there are also specialty coffee, 7 types), you can sit on the couch in the corner, just chatting, or checking your emails. There are salads, sandwiches, arepas (a typical Venezuelan dish), and empanadas (Argentine and Venezuelan), and surely the chef will surprise you with a special creation of the day (I tried the Mango Bavarois). As its name implies, the whole place is based on the number 7: The wonders of the world, the 7 deadly sins, 7 colors, etc..
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Soda Pollo Sabroso
When you travel to Costa Rica, you quickly get the idea that the "casados" (a mixed dish of fish and meat with beans, rice and salad) is going to be a constant in your diet, and you're not wrong. It's difficult to find cheap, good places, especially outside the capital. El Pollo Sabroso is the perfect place for lunch or dinner on the days that you're passing through the capital. It's on a side street to the left of Central Avenue, at the height of a large square which has a pavilion in the center, past the National Theatre coming from the Plaza de la Democracia. The directions seem vague but in San Jose, it's difficult to see the street names, and people usually give directions based on landmarks. You can recognise this restaurant because of the slowly revolving spitroast chickens in the window. It's full of locals, and casados are around 2000 colones (about 3 euros). We recommend ordering the chicken, which is the specialty of the house, and is great. At the weekend they play blaring music and have a karaoke machine. It is certainly an experience. Only one catch: try to go to the bathroom before you go or after you leave.
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Plaza De Comidas Rofas
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Located in the heart of Central Avenue, just before it is pedestrianised, this food court is worth a visit if you're in San Jose. Inspired by similar American projects, this food court offers a large variety of snack food and fast food options. Low prices, and the chance to sit down to eat, which is rare in the capital.
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El Tostador
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This restaurant is located in the heart of the city, near the famous market. It's a charming little spot, with one of the best cafes in the country. You can buy nuts here by the kilo ... there are 2000 - 3000 calories per kilo, but they're certainly delicious!
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La Terrasse French Cuisine
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An excellent French restaurant.
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Samuelito
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This restaurant is located in the heart of Central Avenue, the main artery of the capital of Costa Rica. Everything here is good - it's a bakery that offers all kinds of sweet and savoury delights. Ideal for a quick gourmet break!
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Machu Picchu
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This restaurant, on Paseo Colon, specialises in "Peruvian and international" cuisine. We ate here morning, noon, and night during our stay, as we were so excited to have found this restaurant! Here you'll find lots of excellent quality meat, as well as fish and shellfish. If you can't decide which you'd prefer, they have surf and turf options. The pisco sour cocktails are also delicious. A really good evening can be had here!
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La Choza de Ñor Lalo
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It is a simple but comfortable place. They serve traditional food in a banana leaf with good flavor in Las Nubes de Coronado ,in cold weather with excellent service, especially Don Pedro, ve is the owner.
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