We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

La Criollita

) #27 of 572 Restaurants in San Jose $$ - $$$ Latin, ,
Avenida 7 | Between Calle 7 and 9, San Jose 10101, Costa Rica
+506 2256 6511
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good45%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“soup” (13 reviews)
“sea bass” (9 reviews)
Open Now
06:30 - 21:00All hours
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Avenida 7 | Between Calle 7 and 9, San Jose 10101, Costa Rica
All Details
Write a Review
Reviews (209)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

11 - 20 of 118 reviews

Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

We stayed at an Airbnb less than a block from this restaurant. On an early Sunday morning, we were the only diners in the place. There was a sufficient variety of options for breakfast at reasonable prices. Our server was bilingual and very accommodating.

Thank ptesche
Reviewed 19 January 2017

I stopped in with friends for lunch. We sat in the 'outdoor' area (covered). The goal had been to find an inexpensive "tipico" lunch place and we succeeded. One friend had the chicken with rice (pollo y arroz), another the chicken soup and I had...More

Thank Mike M
Reviewed 5 October 2016

Do not let the exterior fool you this is a great dining experience with a good, varied and wide menu with good service and a nice atmosphere that grows on you. Try it you should like it. I sure did.

Thank LS M
Reviewed 23 August 2016

You would not enter the restaurant by the way it looks like from outside, but it turns out to be hiding a very good restaurant and full bar. Very good local food (pay attention to the daily suggestions), friendly staff (they speak English), easy to...More

Thank LAschermann
Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

Best garlic shrimp and red beans around. I'm from Louisiana and I know red beans. Meet some new friends which made it all the better.

Thank Allen L
Reviewed 4 August 2016

My husband wanted to try this place. The service was fast and the food was so so. The fresh fruit was good though. The eggs were okay compared to other places we ate at that made us eggs. The tables were small and it was...More

Thank Susan A
Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

What looks like a seedy part of town turns out to be hiding a great restaurant and bar. Just a couple of blocks from Hotel Santo Tomas. We had the grilled chicken and chicken fajitas and they were both delicious. Don't miss this spot is...More

1  Thank Scotty M
Reviewed 11 July 2016

This restaurant will not disappoint! 3 blocks from Mercado Central and 2 blocks up from the central park puts it near everything that counts in San José. As to the food, my tenderloin was tender and juicy and cooked exactly as I liked it, and...More

Thank Paul_Dayton
Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

We were staying at the Hotel Santo Tomas, this was a nearby restaurant. The food was excellent, as was the service. Would go back.

Thank amanda8122
Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

Visited here today with my friend after reading reviews and because it was close to our accommodation. Was not disappointed. We got a complimentary soup and bread which was delicious, as well as a complimentary coffee at the end. I had La Criolita rice dish...More

Thank RoMcD2014
Nearby Restaurants
237 reviews
.27 km away
Restaurante El Patio del Balmoral
1,057 reviews
.30 km away
Cafe Mundo
739 reviews
.28 km away
Cafe Rojo
97 reviews
.28 km away
Nearby Attractions
Precolumbian Gold Museum
1,807 reviews
.41 km away
Jade Museum
858 reviews
.38 km away
Galeria Namu
150 reviews
.13 km away
National Park (Parque Nacional)
228 reviews
.38 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Joanie C
22 June 2016|
Answer Show all 2 answers
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|
Answer Show all 2 answers
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|
Answer Show all 3 answers
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.
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
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
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing