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Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, Spanish
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Calle 9, San Jose 00000, Costa Rica
+506 2221 1369
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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My husband and I stopped here during our honeymoon trip for a quick lunch while out shopping along the pedestrian avenue! The service was great and the food was DELICIOUS!!!!

Thank heatherlayton
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were walking around on our last day and saw this place had high reviews and was cheap. I got the bistek meal and loved it! So delicious , and nice atmosphere. We are here on our last day in CR after traveling to Quepos and La Fortuna , the day before flying out from San Jose Airport

Thank Steffany L
Ghent, Belgium
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126 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was not easy to find the fish in the sopa the Mariscos, it was also not easy to find the palmitos in the salade con palmitos. There are better similar priced lunchoptions ar some steps from here , so after two times we gave it up

Thank bbb05
Level Contributor
13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a lunch there, we wanted to eat a casado con pollo. The waitress did not gave any smile at any moment, we paid nearly 30$ for two casados, two drinks, two coffees and a piece of flan. You can definitely eat something good, 30% cheaper with happy faces and smiles in one of the other "sodas" around. Avoid... More 

Thank Romain N
London, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our food was decent when we stopped at Chelles for an early dinner and a beer. Pork, rice and beans dish and chicken and rice dish. Pork was tasty, rice and beans bland- served in separate piles. Chicken and rice was nice, did not need accompaniment of chips, these were average. Salad would have been sufficient. Priced reasonably- although we... More 

Thank LauraEvans88
Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala
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32 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I adore visiting local gems, and I was hoping that this would be one of them in San Jose. The ambiance at Chelles take one back in time...the feel is from years past and the decor is one of a bar or diner from the 40s. The food however was mediocre at best. We tried our best to swallow soggy... More 

Thank AmandaFlayer
Cheshire, England
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35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

We popped into Chelles to have a cold beer or two after walking around the city and do a spot of people watching. This is a small TICO restaurant with a dozen tables or so, traditional decor and has been around for a long time. We visited twice and ate traditional taco food on the return visit. I can highly... More 

Thank MistaGee
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

After a day in Costa Rica, we started digging for local eats places. we wanted to find places locals enjoy and Chelles was exactly what we were looking for. Very authentic spot close to many shops and museums. Menu is diverse and everything we ordered hit the spot. Best part is it didn't hurt the wallet. If you want to... More 

Thank Kirk S
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

My wife and I visited Chelles for lunch and were very pleased. The positive reviews of this downtown institution are correct. In addition to the food and service we were pleased with, we appreciated the decor. Think old fashioned dark wood paneling. It has the look and feel of a drinking establishment that only allowed well-dressed men in a bygone... More 

Thank Sergio R
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

For a streetside, walk-in restaurant this is an exceptional place. I was led there by a local selling sunglasses on the street and have very seldom been led astray by locals. I had the arroz con pollo. It was flavorful and a good size serving with salad. The service was very good and the price was $12 or $13. with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, Spanish
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Television
Good for
Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle 9, San Jose 00000, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of San Jose  >  San Jose Metro  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +506 2221 1369

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