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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” (108 reviews)
“pizza” (259 reviews)
“gelato” (4 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 - 20:00All 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 2 August 2014

If you are staying at Arenal Lodge, this is about 15 minutes away. It has a nice funky feel to the place, with graffiti on the wall from various travelers, and a couple of pups (including the famous Taco) to greet you. Pizza is made...More

1  Thank eluvity
Reviewed 28 July 2014 via mobile

This little place located on the east side of the Arenal Lake, at El Fósforo of El Castillo, they have the best pizza thin cross, Italian style that you can have in Costa Rica, being attended by the owner Mayra is the best to have...More

Thank Isaac H
Reviewed 20 July 2014

Tucked away on a side road - this was a lovely little local restaurant with warm and welcoming personalities. A chance to meet the locals with lovely, delicious pizza. We were staying next door so really a stone's throw away but if you're in La...More

Thank Soni186338
Reviewed 20 July 2014

Liked the guy who worked there (a retired Stanford researcher) and the owner (the widow of John). By far, the highlight was Taco, the dog! It was a tough drive from Arenal and the pizza really wasn't much to write home about. Overall, we were...More

Thank Stacey D
Reviewed 17 July 2014 via mobile

This restaurant is at the end of an alley in an unlikely spot but is a fun place to eat if you're looking for pizza. It's very thin crust but our kids especially loved it. The most fun were the walls that everyone can leave...More

Thank Malu W
Reviewed 16 July 2014

You have to visit this place if you are in town! The place was recommended by two locals in El Castillo. The pizza is delicious that we went there twice. My kids (8, 9 and 13) climb all over the building to draw on the...More

1  Thank CocoaBetty
Reviewed 14 July 2014

This pizza joint was recommended to us by the locals of El Castillo. Coming from the NY area it's hard to believe you can get good pizza anywhere else. Pizza John's is Costa Rican pizza done right. It's fresh and flavorful and not what you...More

Thank mflanagan801
Reviewed 24 June 2014

It's pizza and beer or wine or soda...That's it and yet it's funky, fun and the pizza is thin crust amazing-ness! Off the beaten path and sooooo worth it. There is a small handmade sign at the entrance to a dead end street...Take IT!!! Something...More

1  Thank adventuregurl44
Reviewed 27 May 2014

When the guy running the Majestic Lodge told us there was a pizza joint down the street we didn't know what to think. After a day of zip lining we were hungry so we ventured to this place. When we got there you wouldn't know...More

1  Thank Jaycunnings
Reviewed 27 April 2014

Pizza John's is such an interesting way to spend an evening. It's off of the beaten path and the place itself feels more like being in someone's backyard, but once you settle in you can see why all of the locals really love Pizza John....More

Thank Amber I
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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, Cash Only, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
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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