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Cafe Costa Rica - CLOSED

1133 Williamson St, Madison, WI 53703
+1 608-256-9830
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good28%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible16%
3 Oct 2016
“Food Cart Rehearsal Dinner”
16 Oct 2015
“They have a Food Cart!”
Restaurant Hours Closed
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, Caribbean, Spanish, South American, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1133 Williamson St, Madison, WI 53703
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Reviewed 4 October 2016

My brother-in-law's favorite restaurant, so he had the rehearsal dinner catered by the food cart. I tried some of everything and it was all delicious. Any meal that includes plantains is a hit with me.

Thank Catriona R
Reviewed 16 October 2015

I stopped by the food cart after class. I have also been to the restaurant on willy street. I ordered two of their empanadas. One with chicken and spinach, and another with pork and queso. The food was incredible. They were two of the best...More

Thank John F
Reviewed 4 October 2014

Pros: Outside dining with great people watching seats. Their salsa was pretty good. Cons: There weren't enough broken chips for the amount of salsa they give you. It took forever for the server to stop by and get our drink order and even longer for...More

Thank Tizzer11
Reviewed 12 August 2014

Felt like tasting something than Mexican? This could be the place. Since it's summer, it's actually nice to sit outside. Waiters were (young and) inexperienced, a bit awkward in their service, like they just don't know what they're supposed to do with customers. However, they're...More

Thank mdns
Reviewed 29 July 2014

My husband and I were looking forward to our dinner out at the Cafe Costa Rica. Our last dining experience, at the previous location, was very enjoyable and tasty food. This visit was unfortunately not good at all. FIrst of all, we walked in to...More

Thank Angela E
Reviewed 7 March 2014

This little place has also been known as El Rincon Tico. The chef Thony "Mango Man" Clarke prepares Central American dishes with his own twists. This isn't Tex-Mex fare, it's better. Open from 4:30 pm until 9:00 pm on Sunday through Thursday and 10:00 pm...More

1  Thank mzungu333
Reviewed 1 October 2013 via mobile

Need I say more?! Great food! Enjoy their outdoor patio weather permitting. Drinks were a little expensive but unique and tasty.

Thank Theglass88
Reviewed 30 August 2013

I want to preface this review by saying I am very pro indie restaurant and I try really hard not to hammer anyone too hard on Tripadvisor. Tha being said, I can't go back to Cafe Costa Rica after this last dining experience. Rather than...More

1  Thank CombustionJustin
Reviewed 23 August 2013

We had never been here on all our previous trips to Madison, so wanted to give it a try. The chicken dish was great, with the sauce, although very thin, flavoring the salad on the plate very nicely. The rice/beans were tasty. I didn't think...More

Thank Ask108
Reviewed 8 August 2013

My husband and I love Cafe Costa Rica. Our favorite dish is the Island Special (I get mine with patacones). Tony offers plenty of vegetarian and gluten free options as well as awesome drinks!

1  Thank leaf r
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$10 - US$25
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, Caribbean, Spanish, South American, Vegetarian Friendly
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Open Hours
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1133 Williamson St, Madison, WI 53703
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-256-9830
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