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Jalapenos Central

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$$ - $$$
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50 Mts South of Post Office, Alajuela, Costa Rica
+506 2430 4027
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun 11:30 - 20:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 21:00
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

We walked into Jalapeño Central after a long flight from the states and immediately felt welcome. The staff was friendly, a local ex pat who was dining there greeted us, and Norman, the owner, could not have been more welcoming and accommodating. Sometimes all of these things are just as important as the food when traveling to a foreign country.... More 

Thank girlonthego2014
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Norman has a great restaurant with a wonderful atmosphere. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

Thank Fred C
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

Nice atmosphere with a menu that has a choice. The prices are very reasonable for a restaurant, nothing higher than 7000 colones, but the majority of prices were between 2500 and 4100 colones. The quality of the food is also very good, one of the best places we have eaten so far. We even went back before leaving Alajuela and... More 

Thank Stéfany D
West Milford, New Jersey
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Since I’m a vegetarian, I was happy to read in my Frommers travel guide about this restaurant just a short cab ride from our hotel (Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San Jose). I took some pictures before going inside and Norman (the owner) immediately came up to me and said he had to meet me because I took pictures BEFORE we... More 

Thank ChrisandBethMaget
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288 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

Small restaurant in downtown Alajuela serving tasty Mexican food with friendly service and fun relaxed setting. Filled with tourists. Nothing extraordinary but I enjoyed it.

Thank Domer90mom
Yellowknife, Canada
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18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Good energy, good food, original decor. This tiny little bistro hits the mark for tex mex excellence.

Thank pstrus
London, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Stayed in Town only one night, and this restaurant was just up the road from our little hotel, a really good find, good cheap beer, and perfect chimichanga, my bf had the chilli and said it was the best he'd ever had ! Well worth a visit !

Thank Saraya C
Moncton, Canada
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Great food and atmosphere. Its got that home feeling to match the great food they pump out of that kitchen. Friendly servers with great attention to detail. Before you leave make sure you see the dessert tray.

Thank Itellya
Tarpon Springs, Florida
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36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

We have been coming here with students from the U.S for six years. Every time amazing food, wonderful friendly service, just can't get better. Thanks Norman !!!

Thank Alan M
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Reminded me of Senor Frog in Cancun, if you know what that is like. Smaller but just as crowded. High energy, full of tourists, good margaritas.

Thank Beverley W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$2 - US$9
Mexican, Latin
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 50 Mts South of Post Office, Alajuela, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Alajuela
  • Phone Number: +506 2430 4027
Open 7 days a week. Mon- sat 11:30-9:00 pm Sun 11:30-8:00 pm Accept credit cards except American express

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?