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300m norte del ICE | Sabana Norte, San Jose, Costa Rica
+506 2232 9440
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

After a long flight from London, We were very happy to fine such a friendly staff and good food. The waiter was amazing. Found us a nice table and was courteous and helpful the whole time, even offering us advice on trips and local options for us. The food was fresh, tasty with good portion sizes and not to expensive.... More 

Thank alan m
Naperville, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have eaten at this Restaurant several times while visiting San Jose. Always delicious, never been disappointed. Intimate atmosphere, wonderful servers, we will defently be back. Reservations are recommended

Thank celidanflorist
League City, Texas
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196 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place does it right. Great service and great food at reasonable prices. The atmosphere is nice, almost homey. The servers will remember your name and there are many regulars that eat here. I had four different dishes and all were good. My favorites were the Bucatini and Lasagna. This place is small and very popular. Reservations highly recommended.

Thank suzybro
Peterborough, Canada
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Family run, homemade pastas, varied menu, attentive service. You feel like you're part of the community - not touristy in feel. Although it had a fine dining atmosphere, it was family friendly. Sage and brown butter ravioli was a highlight, although all of our meals (we went twice while staying at the connected hotel) were first rate.

Thank Terry N
San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

The restaurant has a very nice Italian atmospher and a good service. What it is more important, the food is delicious.

Thank Lola_Knot
London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

Alwasy busy, make sure you book. The food is delicious and service is good and friendly. Carpaccio and panacotta highly recommended

Thank isalondon2016
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37 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

great atmosphere, great food, prices a little high, service very good. if you are staying at the Cristina hotl you can take the elevetor and go up to dine or order to eat in your room.

Thank litcheemontreal
Prince George, Canada
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

Ate twice at L'Olivo on a resent vacation in Costa Rica. This is the best we found in San Jose. The staff here are friendly, knowledgeable and the food and drinks were very good. Prices are reasonable given the quality of the food. Our waiter and the bartender were outstanding!

Thank NorthernTraveler2013
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174 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Remains our favorite in Costa Rica . Esteban our waiter always remembers us and more importantly remembers our individual favorites. My favorite is a hot spicy pepper relish which I use on bread . This week we came 3-4 times and were never disappointed . Started off with my favorite escargot garlicky and hot. Appetizers which never fail to please... More 

Thank Frexinet
Atlanta, Georgia
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143 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

Everytime we come to San Jose, we stay at the Suites Christina, perhaps due to this restaurant. The food is excellent, the staff is wonderful and several speak English. The can also provide room service if you desire.

Thank Barry H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 300m norte del ICE | Sabana Norte, San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of San Jose  >  San Jose Metro  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +506 2232 9440

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