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La Criollita

$$ - $$$Latin, ,
Avenida 7 | Between Calle 7 and 9, San Jose 10101, Costa Rica
+506 2256 6511
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good46%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“soup” (13 reviews)
“sea bass” (9 reviews)
“ham sandwich” (2 reviews)
Open Now
06:30 - 17:00All hours
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican
$$ - $$$
Avenida 7 | Between Calle 7 and 9, San Jose 10101, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 8 August 2017

searched for a restaurant close to our hotel serving food my picky 15 yr old will eat. la Criollita came up and I checked it out thoroughly online. my research paid off. Service was polite and prompt. Our meals came quickly and they were very...More

Thank roseyippee
Reviewed 3 August 2017

We had supper here the first night in San José. The food is good and the service was very good. They have a wide selection of things to choose from and a well stocked bar, which came in handy after a long flight. If you're...More

Thank Francus
Reviewed 10 July 2017

This was the only place we ate in San Jose that we didn't order at a counter. We didn't eat any where really fancy on our trip. This place was suggested to us by a person at Galeria Namu. This was a welcome destination after...More

Thank Wen206
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

We were staying at the Hotel Santo aromas, which I would recommend to anyone who wants to get away from the chaos in central San Jose. This restaurant was recommended by the staff at the hotel, which normally raises red flags for me, but it...More

Thank Anne W
Reviewed 1 June 2017

I found in this restaurant a bigger variety of local dishes than in other parts of Costa Rica. They also have a good number of local and imported beer and wine. Not super fancy but I'm surely going back if I return to San José...More

Thank Christian O
Reviewed 21 May 2017

Nondescript place in downtown SJ. We were seated right away, served with a smile and took the suggestions of the waitress. Their menu special offered variety (I had a beef dish, very tender & tasty and my friend had chicken), and also included a beverage,...More

Thank MrsCsqd
Reviewed 12 May 2017

I ate at La Criolitta twice (breakfast and lunch), both experiences excellent. The price was right--the portions massive--the quality of the food exceptional. Breakfast consisted of melt in your mouth steak and eggs (rice & beans--coffee, juice...). Lunch was sea bass in garlic sauce with...More

Thank kentwallace
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

Today we went to the restaurant. Greta place to eat and have a nice family chat. Great variety of local breakfast.

Thank Patricio B
Reviewed 28 April 2017 via mobile

After a very long day arriving from the UK we went for a meal and beer as it was near the hotel. Tasty food and plenty of it. Friendly staff too. Two main courses and two small beers came to 15000 colones, so not cheap...More

Thank jimnhet
Reviewed 28 March 2017

This is a great lunch spot. It is spacious with many tables. It however has several rooms of a nice size. The lunch crowd appears to be mostly locals on lunch break. The choices at lunch time include specials. There are a variety of things...More

Thank Don. T
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Joanie C
22 June 2016|
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Response from jahute | Reviewed this property |
the black dot is way off. it should be located on avenida 1 by parque morazon. i dont know the direction on this map but is just below and to the left of morazon. we ate there last month.
18 April 2016|
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Response from SVC_911 | Reviewed this property |
I don't have a picture either, but this is the description from 10Best, which is very accurate: "The fare is traditional Costa Rican; generous portions of meat, chicken and fish with rice, beans and salad on the side, and... More
3 February 2016|
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Response from Sara C | Reviewed this property |
Right at this moment, I cannot recall the name. But I do remember that I asked exactly the same question to the waiter and he gave me the best and most tadicional dish of La Criollita.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 16:00
06:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Avenida 7 | Between Calle 7 and 9, San Jose 10101, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of San Jose  >  San Jose Metro  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +506 2256 6511
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