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Le Monastere

Calle Pilas, San Jose, Costa Rica
+506 2228 8515
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good26%
  • Average14%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
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“escargot” (5 reviews)
“caesar salad” (4 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
French, Vegetarian Friendly
Calle Pilas, San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The view is spectacular however the food is average as its service. Offerings on the menu where over price which I assume is because of the view.. nothing especial about the cuisine in here

Thank Susan R
Reviewed 2 June 2018

Great old restaurant that you can visit the Monastere’s Chapel. Amazing view of San Jose in Costa Rica, great food, service and wines. If you like onions I would recommend the French onions soup, delicious!!

Thank Gustavo C
Reviewed 22 May 2018 via mobile

Sitting high in the mountains over San Jose in a former monastery, La Monastere offers breathtaking views of the city, attentive service, and an extensive menu with local cuisine heavily influenced with European tastes. I visited for a business dinner with a large enough group...More

1  Thank Gary G
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Exquisite view. Plenty of food to satisfy your appetite. A must visit if you come to Costa Rica. Staff are very knowledgeable and very accommodating. They also have a church located on the premises. You are allowed to go outside to take a pic of...More

1  Thank Christina S
Reviewed 27 March 2018

The view is amazing. But i think it´s too pricey if you consider the quality of the food. I think San Jose has much better restaurants if you are looking to taste a great dish. Consider that San Jose is very windy and sometimes going...More

Thank GabrielGos
Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

Fantastic setting and superb ambience. Friendly and attentive staff. But the priceless view is a better enjoyed to slow fine drinking than the fine dining.

Thank Fredrik H
Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

I’m travelling on business, and my local contact brought me here for dinner. The views are simply amazing and I love the decor and atmosphere of the restaurant. They have done a great job in renovating the place. Service is good and food is tasty,...More

Thank Adriana S
Reviewed 14 March 2018

We were there on a Saturday night and it was fairly quiet. The main restaurant overlooks the city and really is a fabulous view! The bar downstairs has good views of the city too, and less costly food. The food was fabulous, and the wait...More

1  Thank michaelkS2138PM
Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

We were in San Jose for a couple of days in advance of a cruise and were intrigued by the description of Le Monastere. It was quite a long (and expensive) taxi ride to reach the restaurant for an 8:00 dinner reservation , but the...More

Thank venturasf
Reviewed 31 January 2018 via mobile

Great restaurant for romantic occasions. Panoramic view over the city, best to go at night. Great food variety.

1  Thank marcomalcotti
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11 March 2018|
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Response from Mark S | Reviewed this property |
Per their website, Sunday they are closed on Sunday Hours: Monday 6:30–11PM Tuesday 6:30–11PM Wednesday 6:30–11PM Thursday 6:30–11PM Friday 6:30–11PM Saturday 6:30–11PM Sunday Closed
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Bar Scene, View, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Pilas, San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of San Jose  >  San Jose Metro  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +506 2228 8515
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