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 .
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.
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.
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
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!!
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
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.
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.
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!!).
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.
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.
Normally I’d give you a spiel about supporting small business and contributing to the local economy. Well forget that for just one minute and pretend that I am not sitting here telling you to go to a chain bakery. Oh g*d, how incredible this stuff is. If the smell doesn’t lure you in and addict you immediately, then the taste certainly will. These Musmanni bakeries are everywhere and you can’t avoid them, so you will more than likely eat in one at some point while in Costa Rica, especially if you are budget traveler like I am. There’s nothing like spending a mere dollar for breakfast.
Favorite Dish: any bread/pastries with stuff baked inside
We found this little restaurant with the good advice of the friendly staff of the Cacts hotel. I probably wouldn't have choosen this place on my own, since the front of this restaurant was dark and looked abandonned, with only the boss sitting at the end of one table watching sports on tv.
But once you enter, the friendly staff directs you to the garden in the back with nice wood furniture to enjoy a good meal, fiesta style, in the middle of the not so charming west neibourhood of San Jose.
We spent a large part of our time there watching the news on tv (in spanish but no sounds!), trying to find out what happened in the last few days. Very fun, kind of a puzzle to pass time!
... Second time around, on our second trip. Went back to the same restaurant... back to "our" table! Everything was still as good as we remembered...
Favorite Dish: We found a mexican influence in the food almost everywhere we went. Here, it's marvelous, an nothing to do with the heavy-sticky-cheesy stuff I knew. I don't remember everything on the menu since there was more than 50 items to choose from. We had enchiladas. Great, fresh, light, tasteful, at least a little spicy if not more.
I'm sorry I don't remember the name of this soda which is near the Jada Museum, in the Avenida 7, between the Calle 9 and 7 and it's not the first you meet (coming from calle 9) but the second...
Shortly I was going to reach the airport for the flight back and it was a sort of good-bye meal expecially after that the waitress asked me about where I was going and she said I had to come back and then when in two only we ordered only one postre (dessert), she brought a second, courtesy of the house...
in the pic Parque España, in front of the Jade Museum
after I had just been materially pulled away from my proposal to enter a soda near the zone of the streetwalkers, I chose the soda Cheller in the avenida central.
Some curious look (with my so white skin - maximum I get honey colour or burnt when I get tanned - I don't appear exactly like a tico even if I have been nicknamed itala-tica :-) by a Costarican) and good local food in a real tico atmosphere.
But I don't seem to have caught the exactly right moment infact only afterwards I have read on a guide that here I should have tried a breakfast in the very early morning to real experience San José, it's open 24 hours.
Very friendly an to other d helpful staff. The newer rooms are excellent. good value relative...more
I arrived at Hotel De Oro on December 28, 2008 at lunch with 3 other friends. We decided to have...more
We stayed at the Adventure Inn for one night in early September. It was the last day of our visit to...more