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    Plenty to Eat

    by boltonian Written Jun 2, 2007

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    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.

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    Le Chandelier: French Food with a Spanish Accent

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Apr 12, 2007

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    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.

    Hours:
    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.

    Le Chandelier Karen in front of Le Chandelier My lunch at Le Chandelier Karen & Stephen at Le Chandelier
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    HOOTERS: HOOTERS

    by sfphototraveller Updated Apr 5, 2007

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    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

    HOOTER CHICAS BY HARLEY MOTOTRCYCLE PIC OF HARLEY FOR RENT $ 100 PER DAY INSIDE HOOTER Hooters surf board in Hooters of Costa Rica Hooters Chicas of 2006 in Costa Rica
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    FOGO BRASIL: ALL YOU CAN EAT BEEF.

    by sfphototraveller Updated Apr 3, 2007

    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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    Altimira: Good daily special

    by easterntrekker Written Feb 28, 2007

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    Alot of restaurants have a " plate of the day" . It usually includes soup , dinner, and dessert . The one at Altimira is really good and its in at dinnertime too ( not just lunch) . Really friendly wait staff and good location right on Central Ave...the pedestrian only area.

    Favorite Dish: The grilled fish was really nice .

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    Mecca: Mecca: nice place to eat and hang with the young a

    by ericdharma Written Jan 13, 2007

    Mecca is located on a quiet street corner in a residential neighborhood. It is situated atop a hill and has outdoor and indoor seating. The place is always packed with a young International crowd for dinner and it is a good place to meet up with fellow expats and discuss your adventures. They serve everything from Thai to cheeseburgers and I have to be honest and say that the food is good but not outstanding. The real attraction of this place is the vibe and the company. You can tell that the building that houses the Restaurant is very old and the character that it adds and the way that they have arranged the seating to increase social interaction amongst the clientel is the real draw.

    Favorite Dish: I usually have the pizza. Give your arteries a good talking too before you order it because this is the cheesiest pizza that you will ever see in you entire life.

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    Bakea: Bakea: pricey but great

    by ericdharma Written Jan 13, 2007

    The strange thing about eating in Costa Rica is that the food is actually good but if you stay a while it can get to be monotonous. There aren't many stand out restaurants in downtown San Jose that have something special enough to cut through the routine. Bakea is one of the few places guaranteed to do that. They serve a variety of dishes from Italian, to French, and some traditiional Tico dishes as well. What makes the place so special is first of all the ambience. It is cool and dimly lit inside. In the evenings each table has a candle set up and the mood is kind of mysterious and romantic. The service is top notch and the price reflects that. (I guess that you get what you pay for) The highlight of the food itself is that all of the bread is prepared on sight as you order it . (Be prepared for a long wait for the food and definately order an appetizer. It will be worth the wait and if you go with good company you won't notice the time.) The result is that, for example if you ordered a pizza type dish, the crust would be homemade, fresh out of the oven, and have the qualities of a pastry.......delicious.

    Favorite Dish: My favorite dish there was a kind of cheese quiche that they bake into the inside of a type of pie crust. The use the best, freshest ingredients and the soft, flaky pastry crust has a very subtle vanilla and lemon flavor. It is a specialty of the house and I'm sorry but I don't remember what it is called on the menu.

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    La Cariollita: Good Tico Restaurant

    by easterntrekker Written Jan 12, 2007

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    If you want to mingle with the locals and have a good sampling of Tico food this is the place. Lovely inside with huge dining rooms , wooden tables with bright green tablecloths...and a non smoking area!

    The service is friendly , english is limited , although there is some english on the menu. Good food. , cheap...and big servings!

    Closed at 8PM and all day Sunday

    Favorite Dish: The sea bass is wonderful ..liked the buttered bass the best ,. Hot garlic bread come with the meal. The black bean soup is a meal in itself!! Dinner for two with a beer was $23.00

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    Don Carlos Restaurant: Don Carlos for a simple meal

    by easterntrekker Written Jan 12, 2007

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    We liked this place for a casual lunch or dinner. It is in an old colonial building and has lots of travellers from everywhere stopping by. The service is great and it's inexpensive . $3.50 for a bowl of homemade soup and tasted sandwich! It's open all day.

    Favorite Dish: Love the homemade soup!!

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    JR Ribs: The best ribs in town

    by easterntrekker Written Jan 11, 2007

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    Established in 1989 , this place has excellent ribs. I liked them better then the chicken ( which was good but boneless). You get a choice of two sides . I had the chili and the corn . It's a nice ranch style place and they speak some English.
    They have live country music some nights.

    Favorite Dish: JR Ribs

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    Soda Tapa: Retro Tico

    by penumbra Written Oct 4, 2006

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    What do you get if you cross a 1950’s diner with Costa Rican cuisine? The answer might look like Soda Tapa, where you step back in time to a place that never was. Decorated and costumed as a diner, the menu reads more like a local restaurant (referred to as soda’s). Service is speedy and friendly. It might take longer to wait for a break in traffic to reverse back out onto Calle 42, although for a couple of colones, a guard will temporarily halt traffic to allow you to get underway.

    Soda Tapa, Calle 42 Soda Tapa
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    Gran Hotel Café Parisien: Watching the City Go By

    by penumbra Written Sep 1, 2006

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    Open 24 hours per day the cafe has great food and is a great place for people watching. Although set back from the street the hotel has its own paved plaza. Its central location makes it an ideal resting point or meeting area while visiting other attractions in the downtown region.

    An outdoor cafe protected from the rain The Gran Hotel
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    Qbico: Lunch specials in style

    by Kindra Updated Aug 9, 2006

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    This is an Argentinian-owned resto-bar lounge that hosts professionals for lunch and the younger hip crowd at nights.

    The food is fairly eclectic, a bit expensive, and focuses on pizza, pasta, salads and Argentinian specialties such as empanadas.

    Favorite Dish: The daily lunch special during the week goes for 2500 colones including taxes (not tips) and gives you a choice of: caesar salad (with or w/o chicken), pasta in pesto or creamy sauce or a juicy steak with veggies and mashed potatoes; this also comes with your choice of drink and dessert (try the warm chocolate brownie with ice cream!!).

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    Garibaldi's: Mmmm, Mexican

    by Kindra Written Jul 24, 2006

    This is a small, simple little Mexican restaurant on the main street in San Pedro. Service and food preparation is very quick and prices are reasonable.

    Favorite Dish: Try the Sopa Azteca, a tomato based tortilla soup with avocado and cheese, or try the Enchilados or the Burrito Chingon- a GIANT burrito with every meat imaginable inside.

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    Restaurante Lubnan: Sheesha, belly dancing and the middle east in CR!

    by Kindra Written Jul 18, 2006

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    Tired of rice and beans? For great Lebanese food and ambiance, this is the place to be. The main dining room features belly dancing on evening weekends and the backroom bar is dark, sultry and has several large tables where you can sit, try tasty finger food and smoke sheesha (hookah). It is not a big place and the front and back areas are generally full by 9 pm on weekends. Get there early to get a spot or be insistant while waiting for a table (don't wander into the back or you will never get to sit).

    Favorite Dish: Try the vegetarian combo appetizer dish with falafel, pita, hummus, babaganoush and garlic sauce. Don't miss out on the flavoured tobacco smoked through a water bong called a hookah. Flavours are generally fruity and 2000 colones will offer relaxing smoking for at least 4 people for a good hour.

    Smoking some strawberry flavoured sheesha

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