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Restaurant and Cafe Cristina

$$ - $$$, , Latin
in front of the old Catholic church in Tambor, Tambor 60111, Costa Rica
+506 2683 0028
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good21%
  • Average4%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“potatoes” (3 reviews)
“chicken” (4 reviews)
“red snapper” (2 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Central American, Costa Rican, Latin, Seafood, Spanish, South American, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
in front of the old Catholic church in Tambor, Tambor 60111, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 23 January 2017

We were staying at nearby Fidelito Ranch (see separate review) and decided to wander down to Tambor for sunset and dinner. Of the few choices available in this low-key beach where more local can be seen than tourists, Cristina's stood out due to its varied...More

Thank Lostinhollywood
Reviewed 4 January 2017

We ate here twice during our recent stay in Tambor over the Xmas period. The red snapper (either whole or as a fillet) was the best fish meal we had during our holiday and the shrimp with patacones is to be highly recommended. Everett and...More

Thank banjo2017
Reviewed 30 December 2016

We turned up on spec one evening and thought maybe the restaurant was closed, as there were no other diners....next surprise, the man I addressed in my carefully-rehearsed Spanish, was definitely struggling to understand me.... of course, he is a newly-arrived Canadian! But what he...More

1  Thank PuravidaPlaya
Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

This was a refreshing dining experience and without a doubt the freshest and best cooked food we had in the area. There was no menu - instead, Everett (the new Canadian chef) asked us to choose from fresh prawns, red snapper or chicken and how...More

Thank Laura F C G
Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

I brought my family here for a wonderful meal. I loved the Grilled Chicken sandwich. Soo tasty The guacamole and patacones are out of this world. Best I have ever had!! You need to try out this quaint restaurant by the beach. Brand new to...More

Thank 936deenas
Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

My two kids, hubby and I ate here yesterday. We were greeted warmly and introduced to the new chef. A lovely little family run hotel and restaurant, they just brought in a Canadian chef for the upcoming season. The restaurant is quaint, clean and close...More

Thank Stephanie S
Reviewed 11 May 2016 via mobile

Had an opportunity to eat here 2x on our most recent visit to the Tambor area. Cafe Christina delivered authentic food at reasonable pricing. Having limited Spanish didn't matter as the waiter was more than patient in helping us select items from the menu. Not...More

Thank Rob P
Reviewed 14 November 2015 via mobile

Great way to avoid airport food - fresh ingredients and welcoming atmosphere. Grab that last bit of Costa Rican beans & rice for the trip home

Thank OscarGreenwald
Reviewed 18 September 2015 via mobile

A great place to stop on the way to and from the airport. Some if the tastiest food we had here in CR, able to accommodate our various dietary restrictions, and the pleasant owner speaks english. Great family restaurant for everyone!

Thank famyof4
Reviewed 12 August 2015

Not that it was the food was bad but we were served 3 fishes coming directly from the freezer. I would expect to be told at the beginning that it was not a fish of the day. Friendly people otherwise.

1  Thank C C
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Central American, Costa Rican, Latin, Seafood, Spanish, South American, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: in front of the old Catholic church in Tambor, Tambor 60111, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Tambor
  • Phone Number: +506 2683 0028
  • E-mail
Tasty food prepared with local ingredients. If you don't like it, you don't pay - that's our guarantee of quality.
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