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Tree House Restaurante & Cafe

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly
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Main Road, in front of the Catholic Church, Santa Elena, Costa Rica
+506 2645 5751
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Waterloo, Ontario
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

There is something very cool about eating in a tree house. It makes everything a bit more fun. Our salad was excellent, onion soup ok, pizza ok ( but I wasn't expecting much, it's not a pizza place). Excellent service and the margarita was top class. Bit pricy.

Thank Roz58
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5 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The place itself is whimsical and very odd/cool. The server was really good, very attentive and friendly. The prices are quite high...but only relative to local sodas and restaurantes. By US/Canada standards, affordable. My steak ("a specialty") came raw. I sent it back and it came back...the same steak, now overdone, and cut in half. Same potatoes and veggies—cold—and congealed... More 

Thank Robb G
New Orleans, Louisiana
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103 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the most bizarre restaurants in the world with a big fig tree as the center of attention! Good service, very good food. Relaxing and romantic atmosphere. Both nights I was there (Sat and Sun) there was a live band playing good music. I really enjoyed the Ensalada Tree House with the passion fruit salad dressing. And sat admiring... More 

Thank Michaela_USA
London, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is literally in a tree, quirky and fun over 3 floors. Good food and often live entertainment. Attracts all ages and is centrally located in town, Well worth a visit.

Thank Kim K
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We enjoyed the people watching and coffee here. I found the menu you to be quite pricy and just stuck to the drink menu. It was quite the show watching the coffee made the traditional Tico way. Great live music & waitstaff.

Thank Chris D
Trento, Italy
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121 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I ve been once having a beer with a friend, live music with nice cover bands. Prices are affordable staff is nice! Right in the middle of the town ! Definetely going back to get some food !

Thank stevaebasta
Saint Louis, Missouri
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51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The place is nothing spectacular but it is different. A big tree w/winding stairs & restaurant built around it. The food is okay & prices are a little high.

Thank NYE2015
Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I went to the Tree House after a long day of sightseeing. The ambience was very very nice. They had a live local band which was very good. They have live music every night. It was very relaxing after a long day. The service was good. My husband had the pizza which was good. I have a... More 

Thank Ronda A
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As you probably know, this building was built around a large tree which makes it unusual and special at the same time. The tree gives a nice shade to the restaurant and a great atmosphere as well. The food is GREAT. They specialize in meat and food cooked in iron grills; the variety of drinks and cocktails is also great.

Thank Perfectnonfreedom
Southampton, United Kingdom
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283 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Set around a vast tree, it has oodles of atmosphere and is a good place for a vibrant evening. The band moves from one level to another throughout the evening and so if you want to be able to chat, ensure that you table is away from the band stand.

Thank FriskyG

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$20
American, Bar, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
View, Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Road, in front of the Catholic Church, Santa Elena, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Monteverde  >  Santa Elena
  • Phone Number: +506 2645 5751
At the Tree House we offer a unique ambiance, we have a huge ficus tree in the middle of the restaurant.Our menu has many options, from snacks, beer and cocktails to a complete diner with a great wine.Our coffee is very special, one the best coffees in Costa Rica, we roast it ourselves and have 4 great Baristas who will make a perfect coffee, you will get incredible latte art! Our staff is very friendly. We really care about customers, so if you have any issues at the restaurant please work it out with us and we promise we will give you a satisfying solution! Thanks!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?