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Pizza John's Jardin Escondido

500 Meters East of Arenal Vista Lodge | Bario El Fosforo, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 20213, Costa Rica
+506 8801 0967
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  • Excellent82%
  • Very good12%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“ice cream” (107 reviews)
“pizza” (273 reviews)
“gelato” (4 reviews)
Closes in 23 min
12:00 PM - 8:00 PMAll hours
Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
500 Meters East of Arenal Vista Lodge | Bario El Fosforo, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 20213, Costa Rica
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Very good pizza and a lovely waiter. He speaks english. You definetly need a car to come there, but it’s totally worth it. The pizzas are big enough to share and the waiter is so nice to tell you that in front. Good place to...More

Thank Guido v
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were recommended to go to Pizza Johns by our hosts . What an extraordinary place which was warm and welcoming and the pizzas are to die for. The venue is like nothing you would have experienced but works so well in the Costa Rican...More

Thank Annie G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We forgot our Sharpie! We had a three topping pizza that was great, and a couple servings of tasty ice cream. Would highly recommend. Also, you can taste the alcohol in the drinks which is more than I can say for the place we are...More

Thank massiek
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I'm not one who writes reviews but I'm starting now because people need to be warned about this place. Off a long long bumpy road in the middle of nowhere. We went because of all the wonderful reviews this place gets. TOTALLY MYSTIFYING! When we...More

Thank Adriano G
Reviewed 5 November 2017

Let me start with saying their pizza was phenominal! The story behind how we got there and timing is what made it an even more hilarious and fun experience. I recommend going in daylight. We went at night which made it come with a crazy...More

Thank Michael L
Reviewed 11 October 2017

We were staying at the Observatory Lodge read the reviews and headed out in the rain to find Pizza John's. Thank god there were plenty of signs along the way. It's tucked back in this small town. We were pleasantly surprised by the food and...More

Thank Fred W
Reviewed 15 September 2017

We heard about this place as a "must go" while in El Castillo. The pizza and stromboli were filling and delicious, and Andreas, our waiter was such fun! We finished the evening off with their homemade ice cream....amazingly fresh and delicious with an A+ for...More

Thank internationalmama
Reviewed 27 August 2017

We were staying in La Fortuna and I wanted a different option for dinner; this was a short drive on fairly well kept roads! The pizza and ice cream was excellent and the staff was very friendly. This was one of our most memorable meals,...More

Thank sarbahanew
Reviewed 19 August 2017

Great pizza, great homemade ice cream, great building...don't miss this place. Granted, I didn't really travel to Costa Rica to eat pizza, but I'm so glad I stopped here as I had one of the best pizzas I've ever eaten, and that's saying something. The...More

Thank Lisa S
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

The Tico take on Italian doesn't always hit the mark but the pizza here was excellent. It had a crisp thin crust with a savory sauce. We went for the Mediterranean and we loved it. I'd go here often if I lived nearby. Save room...More

Thank EatSantaBarbarian
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Questions & Answers
1 April 2017|
Response from GringoMichael | Property representative |
yes we do. Any pizza with corn meal crust.!!
1 April 2017|
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Response from MikeInWeHo | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so but not sure.
Jackie S
2 February 2017|
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Response from Kl-brise | Reviewed this property |
Welly welly, Where is that Inn than? The restaurant is closer to El Castillo about 15min on road from La Fortuna plus another 25/30min up the dirt track. Meaning dumpy washed out 4x4 track. The beginning is ok until the... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$2 - US$18
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, View, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 500 Meters East of Arenal Vista Lodge | Bario El Fosforo, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 20213, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Arenal Volcano National Park  >  El Castillo
  • Phone Number: +506 8801 0967
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Lonely Planet's Top choice-featuring thin crust Italian style handmade pizza, and tropical ice cream. Family Friendly-Open air, casual dining Come for lunch, stay for dinner. Open everyday 12PM to 8PM
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