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Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde

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Address: Santa Elena, Costa Rica
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+506 2645 5190

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Outstanding Grandmother Made Tico Meals

Oh my, what tasty food! Original, favorful, plentiful - the best Tico food we have had on our month long trip. Seriously good. The restaurant is located in the back of the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Boston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Oh my, what tasty food! Original, favorful, plentiful - the best Tico food we have had on our month long trip. Seriously good. The restaurant is located in the back of the craft shop. It's a hidden gem. Not well known by most tourists. Our airbnb host highlighted the restaurant as a place to eat. Excellent value.

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Miami Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited the center and had a very educating conversation about the history of the women cooperative with one of the members: Neri. There is an amazing store with the work of many women artists, I bought beautiful handkerchiefs embroidered by hand. At the back of the center there is a small restaurant, there were mostly locals eating there and... More 

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Woodinville, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great that it's locally made by artists and women in the area. Wish that I could say that they were wonderful, but the truth is that they were just OK and some were mass produced. Would recommend the Casa de Arte much more. Better quality art and very unique pieces.

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Thank dsegleau
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The gift shop is awesome, can't say much about it, it had great hand-crafted souvenirs. They had amazing covers for pillows with different designs, I liked one that had a horse in it.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

**Can't comment on the gift store. Went straight to the restaurant: Sorry guys, I can't give this one a good rating. I really wanted to like this restaurant, but was let down. Prices: Possibly the best in town. They don't have anything on their menu over $8, which is amazing for Monteverde. Most entrees are c2500-3000, which is a steal.... More 

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Stamford CT
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Be sure to stop here while in Monte Verde -- beautiful local handwork at very reasonable prices -- and you can be sure the artisans are getting their fair share of the earnings. Close to the delicious Tramonti restaurant.

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Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

CASEM is the only souvenir shop located in the Monteverde Community that sells arts and crafts made by local artists. These group of women started their coop many years ago and have gone a long way. They are working hard to acquire all they need to teach other women how to create art and provide a way to help each... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

The owner of the house we stayed at brought us here. And boy were we thankful for it! We had the special root and beef soup, both the cheese and chicken empanadas, and braised beef with home made freshly ground corn tortilla. They were all amazing! The passion fruit juice was very tasty. I wish we had room to eat... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

The restaurant at CASEM offers authentic Costa Rican cooking at a good price. The food is reliably delicious served in huge portions. The arroz con pollo is some of the best around. It is not fancy, but it is a comfortable, kid-friendly place and the staff is always friendly.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

My family stopped here after noticing the sign which advertised local traditional food. Being foodies, we had to explore. The restaurant was tucked in the back of CASEM and the first thing we noticed when walking in was the handmade tables and chairs and the large display of fruits and vegetables on the centerpiece. The menu was handwritten on a... More 

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