Places to eat in San José

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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.

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    soda Billy Boy: Billy Boy

    by pollon Updated Apr 30, 2003

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    in spite of its name, it's not a fast food but a soda, which means a local restaurant, and I advice it for a quick snack or calmer meal: there is a good choice of dishes and the chicken or meat with the unfailing arroz (rice)

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    soda Cheller: sodas...

    by pollon Updated May 6, 2003

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    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.

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    Automercado: Automercado

    by besbel Written Feb 18, 2003

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    For backpackers and people with tight budgets, this is the option. Automercado's prices are less expensive than average, and you could find anything you want: fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, milky products, seafood, wine, and all the stuff you find in a supermarket.
    I went to the Automercado at Multiplaza Mall, but you can find AutoMercados at:
    - Plaza del Sol (in Plaza del Sol Mall)
    - Los Yoses (next to Mall San Pedro)
    - Centro (around Parque Morazán)
    - Plaza Mayor (in Plaza Mayor Mall)
    - Multiplaza (Multiplaza Mall)
    - Tibas-Moravia (400 m. west Colegio Lincoln)
    - Heredia (north of police station, autoroute to Barva)

    Favorite Dish: What you cannot miss here is buying coffee. My favorite coffee-related product was Britt's grains of coffee covered by chocolate. It was delicious, but please don't eat them at night, because your tireness may be gone :-)

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    Shakti: Healthy and tasty meal

    by Tom_In_Madison Written Nov 20, 2008

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    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

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    Comida para Sentir: Veggie food in San Pedro

    by Tom_In_Madison Written Nov 20, 2008

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    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.

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    Pops: Ice cream!

    by Tom_In_Madison Written Nov 20, 2008

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    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.

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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.

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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.

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    soda...???: good bye meal...

    by pollon Written May 6, 2003

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    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

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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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    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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    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

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    El Candil: Great typical food for a great price

    by Kindra Updated Nov 14, 2008

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    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.

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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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