Around the corner from the Ritzli Hotel, we had a typical meal of rice/beans, chicken and salad with a Pepsi for about $8 each---missed out on the special of the day since we got there after 2pm...good local vibe...
This is the place everyone says to come and have coffee and people watch around the National Theater---we did that once---great Cafe Britt coffee and great views of the park across the street from the window table. We also came back for lunch and had a veggie sandwich crammed full of veggies, avocado, sprouts and cheese and I had spinach crepes with mushrooms and a salad----all that came to 10,000 colones, about $19 including a milk and a coke, and a signature hot chocolate. They also had a big case full of cakes and pastries, but we demured this time...
Favorite Dish: spinach crepes
For our first day in Costa Rica, we had dinner at a little chicken place called Avicola Portela which was near the bus station in the CocaCola district. This was a very basic local place.
Favorite Dish: In 1996, we paid $2.68@ for a quarter chicken combo with a flour tortilla, and a coke.
There are various American chains - in addition to Burger King, there is Pizza Hut, and McDonalds. We were staying at a Hampton Inn out near the airport They had breakfast there, but no dinner. When we had the energy and a car we could drive out to a restaurant. When we had no car, sometimes the airport van would take us out to a restaurant. But if we had no car and no energy we could get fast food delivered.
Favorite Dish: We had a pizza delivered from Pizza Hut ($10.59 including tip) one night.
We had Big Macs for dinner (delivered on a motorcycle). ($9.39 + tip) on another night
This restaurant is new on the scene and sits in Escazu near its centre square. An older house with lots of ambiance and only location in Escazu where outdoor eating overlooks tranquil garden. It serves a mixture of local food and international cusine, fresh made breads and jams and it is lovely while you eat if you are outside on the verqandah you can hear the river.
All the food is home made and fresh and I had Dutch pancakes which I had to try since I am from Holland - they were great! Turns out one of the partners has Dutch parentage.... Then I tried the fish cakes - they were better than I expected and came with a sauce to die for and my husband had the pasta which was also super delicious.
It was different and the food certainly great value considering it's freshness and quality.
I heard that the owners are Italian and British/Dutch - maybe that explains the eclectic menu choices...
Favorite Dish: Mushrooms on Crostini
Supposedly the best ice cream in the city, according to a tour guide I overheard. Many locations throughout the city, including one right across from the pigeon-filled plaza. It’s good, not the best ice cream I’ve had though. Some great flavors like banana, mango and pineapple-orange. Also shakes and sundaes and such. One scoop cono, about $1.50.
Had the plate of the day, which was Meatless Paella. It resembled the typical Costa Rican plate of beans and rice to a great degree. It came with potato salad and a salad with a lot of sprouts on it. Has vegetarian food, catering to the local student clientele. Has good bakery in the window. Food was so-so.
Located a block from where I stayed. A natural food store/restaurant. Has about 14 tables or so, lots of seating. Very clean restaurant, and very good food. I had a combination plate for about $6. Lemonade, salad, carrot soup, lasagna, and something else that slips my mind. Then they give you a choice of dessert, pineapple cake and a few others that I didn’t catch. A small bakery up-front has goods for sale. They serve complete plates-of-the-day, salads, soups, veggie burgers, fresh juices...etc
This is a wonderful little restaurant owned by sisters Maritza and Nela: they also rented rooms to some of my fellow interns and are really great people.
El Candil is open during the day and frequented by local professionals, university professors and UCR students. A hang out for the NGO, human rights crowd. It has a beautiful little terrace in the back that is covered in case of rain. Some evenings, there will be live music or poetry readings.
Favorite Dish: Specials change every day. Will usually offer several dishes including fish, chicken or beef, sometimes pasta, an Asian rice dish. All meals come with soup to start, are accompanied by beans, rice and salad, a refresco (fresh fruit drink such as Blackberry, Pineapple, Passionfruit) and a coffee to end off the meal. Basic meals start off at 1800 colones. A great deal!
On special days, try the CAZUELA de MARISCOS which is a seafood chowder with octopus, shrimp, squid etc. in a creamy broth topped off with cheese and accompanied with rice and avocado. A special treat and goes for about 3000 colones, also including drink and coffee.
Lord forbid that these sort of places start to spread to La Fortuna, Monteverde, MOntezuma, Tamarindo and etc. Support local resteraunts, don't help these chains take over. McDonalds and Church's Chicken do nothing for atmosphere
Located right in the middle of San Jose, the upstairs section give a great veiw of Avenida central. could can sit here for hours just watching people go by and an added bunus they make a great cup of coffee.
Favorite Dish: Tuna Salad mmmYum
On the main street through San Jose, you will find many places to eat. I can't recall the names, but we ate in 3 different places, all were cheap and very tasty with a huge range of dishes.
And for those who may be scared to try new things, or simply wanting a snack at 11pm, McDonalds, KFC etc do exist.
I have been told that Le Chandelier is the classiest restaurant in Costa Rica. Whether that is so or not, it happened to be the place our group was taken for lunch on the day of our San Jose tour.
The thing I didn't like about it is that our busload of about 40 people was ushered into our own private dining room so we did not get an authentic experience of eating here. Still it was interesting. At our table for eight there were four couples, the others being from Alabama, Vermont and the Netherlands, so we still had an international dining experience with good conversation.
The restaurant is said to have an extensive wine list and excellent champagnes. Reservations are recommended; major credit cards are accepted.
Mon-Fri: 11:30am - 2pm & 6:30pm - 10:30pm
Sat: 6:30pm - 11pm
Favorite Dish: We were served a buffet with a choice of chicken, beef rice, vegetables, breads and a desert. I sampled a little of everything and found it quite satisfactory.
At this Hooters I notice lots of family with there small children.
Usually its the sportsbar type who wants to drink beer and watch basketball,football,soccer.
Might be becuase of the area its in.
Favorite Dish: Chicken
Its a Brazilian Steakhouse called Churrascaria.
They have a large salad bar and serve to your table different cuts of beef on metal screwers.
They keep coming and keep coming until your stuff.
If your a beef eater and hungry this is the place.
I have eaten in at Maruis the one in Rio De Janeiro,Brazil which is better than this and a little cheaper due to exchange rate.
The prices of drinks are high so watch what you drink.
They claim to offer free shuttle service but when we called 506-895-8765 but they sayed NO
Maybe its after you payed and ate there?
I have been here twice.
Favorite Dish: BEEF.
They also serve other meats,chicken.
You could get a full stomach just on the salad bar alone which also has meat or non meat items for you Veggie non meat eaters.
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