Top 7 restaurants of San José

Top 7 restaurants of San José


Written by: Maricela Campos

When it comes to eating delicious and varied food the lung of the capital is always a good choice. San José has many good restaurants that offer from the traditional Costa Rican food to the most exquisite Asian and European cuisine. The list to choose from can be endless, from cozy and family friendly restaurants to places with bars and live music.

This time we prepared a list with the best restaurants from San José’s downtown, but the list is very long so from we draw a list with the 7 best reviewed restaurants. is a platform that allows users to review the places they visit, such as hotels and restaurants. The users can review the food, service and the atmosphere, even the price. This website is available in 47 countries around the world and reaches 350 million visits per month, it has more than 290 million reviews and comments on more than 5.3 million lodging places, restaurants and attractions.

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This means that even though there is no scientific measuring data for its reviews, is one of the most popular sites of the world in terms of touristic references. This top 7 is a good reference because it was created by real customers, there is still a chance that other good restaurants are not included here. If you know any of those restaurants and/or have a recommendation, please let us know because this is an on-going list and we would like to add them.

Without further ado, the top 7 restaurants of San José, we hope the list is useful for those with demanding palates and looking for new experiences:

Restaurant La Terrasse

In this french restaurant you can feel the quiet atmosphere, exquisite food, good service, fair prices, and it is ideal for a romantic mood. It is necessary to remember that you must book in advance and the payment is only with cash or bank transfer. The food, again, is delicious and the service is phenomenal. They have wine recommendations for their dishes and even the chef would greet the customer once they finish their meal. The best restaurant in San José, in a cozy house, with exceptional service, you will enjoy an elegant experience with a variety of dishes and wines.

Description: french cuisine.

icono-map-150x150How to get here? San José, 9th avenue, Street 15 | 25 meters South from the Hotel La Amistad.

restaurant2_6756Services: bookings, waitress-service and alcohol-serving.

horario-150x132Schedule: Tuesday to Friday 12:00 md – 2:00 pm / 7: 00 pm – 10:00 pm, Saturday 7:00 pm – 10: 00 pm, closed on Sundays and Mondays.

telefono-70x70Phone: 8939- 8470

 Tips: fit for business meetings, families with children, special occasions, very romantic.

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Tenedor Argentino

The place is small but once you go to the second floor you can enjoy the view, the National Theater and the Second Avenue, accompanied by meat, exquisite sangria and good service. There is a nice environment, very relax, the food is delicious and of course you will get the best service.

Description: Argentine cuisine in an environment that seduces you right in the heart of San José’s downtown.

icono-map-150x150How to get here? San José, South side of the National theater.

restaurant2_6756Services: drinks, breakfast and dinner, alcohol-serving, bar, take out, bookings, waiters, parking space, television, access for people with disabilities, and you can pay with American Express, Master Card, Visa and Discover. WiFi available for free.

horario-150x132Schedule: Monday to Friday 6:30 am – 10: 00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am – 10: 00 pm

telefono-70x70Phone: 2221-5152

Tips: fit for business meetings and families with children as well.

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Grano de Oro

This is a traditional restaurant, very elegant. They offer great food and the staff’s customer service is excellent. It is for sure a local jewel. The food presentation is also great and of good quality. The three sauces meat Châteaubriand is just delicious. The architecture and cleanliness of the place should be praised, oh and we can not forget the desserts to die for. Their wine list is of the most completed of a restaurant in Costa Rica. There is no doubt this is a very elegant restaurant of San José.

Description: European and Latin American cuisine.

icono-map-150x150How to get here? San José,  30th Street, 2nd and 4th Avenue | #251.

restaurant2_6756Services: breakfast, lunch and dinner, they are open until really late at night, private restaurant, waitress, parking space, access for people with disabilities, alcohol-serving, bar, free Wifi and outdoor terrace.

horario-150x132Schedule: Monday to Sunday from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm

telefono-70x70Phone: 2255- 3322

Tips: perfect for romantic evenings, groups, special events, business meetings and families with children.

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La Esquina de Buenos Aires

This Argentine cuisine restaurant is almost always full. The meals are exquisite, the decoration is attractive and the music is nice. They serve different types of meat, pork sausage, sangria and black pudding. The customer service is good, the waiters are attentive to the needs of the customers.

Description: Argentine and other South American cuisine.

icono-map-150x150How to get here? San José 11th Street, 4th Avenue.

restaurant2_6756Services: bookings, waiters, highchairs available, alcohol-serving, bar and free WiFi.

horario-150x132Schedule: open until late at night.

telefono-70x70Phone: 2223- 1909

Tips: business meetings, special events, very romantic and fit for families with children.

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Tin Jo

Traditional Asian food restaurant that combines the taste, color and mix of aromas creating a delicious experience that only their dishes can give you. Customer service is great and even though there is no parking space on the place, there are a few of them near.

The atmosphere is nice, cozy, and the lighting and decoration are aligned with the theme of the restaurant and the music also goes with it as well.The presentation of the dishes is exquisite and the quantity leaves the customers very satisfied. They have a variety of dishes on their menu, their natural drinks as great. You can enjoy Samosas before your meal, and in the main dishes chicken curry in coconut milk, salmon teriyaki, pork ribs, and Thai vegetarian green curry. Among the desserts: chocolate mousse, vanilla ice cream with blackberry sauce and polenta cake.

Description: Asian cuisine, gluten-free and vegetarian.

icono-map-150x150How to get here? San José , 11th Street, 6th and 8th Avenue. Behind La Soledad church, 150 meters South.

restaurant2_6756Services: open until late at night, take out, bookings, alcohol-serving, free Wifi and delivery service.

horario-150x132Schedule: Monday to Thursday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm / 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Friday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm / 6:00 pm – 11: 00 pm, Saturday 12:00 md – 3:30 pm / 6:00 pm – 11: 00 pm and Sunday 12:00 md – 9:00 pm.

telefono-70x70Phone: 2221- 7605

Tips: romantic evenings, special events, groups, families with children and business meetings.

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Saúl Bistro Costa Rica

Hidden inside of a type of forest, is this restaurant. The place has great decoration, and it is different with a unique style. The staff members are very nice and attentive. Their natural drinks with kale and organic ingredients are just out of this world. The meat lasagna is very recommended, but the pizza is one of their specialties with their thin pasta, also their sweet crepes are a tradition that you can not skip.

The food and service are top quality, the environment is relax, the music is good and the clientele very upscale. It is located at a very safe, quiet and beautiful place.

Description: Pizza and international cuisine.

icono-map-150x150How to get here? San José , old highway to Santa Ana | Escazú Plaza 7 Bancas.

restaurant2_6756Services: open until late at night, bookings, outdoor terrace, alcohol-serving and parking space.

horario-150x132Schedule: Monday to Sunday 7am – 10pm.

telefono-70x70Phone: 2228- 8685

Tips: great for families with kids and business meetings.

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Located in Paseo Colón, this restaurant and their Lebanese food have been here for a few years now. It is a restaurant of a medium size and the decoration goes along with the Arabian food. The parking space is not too big but there is public parking near. The Lebanese food at a good volume sounds very nice. It has two areas with regular tables and another traditional one, with wider seats and low tables. The customer service is great. The dishes are served on time and they are delicious.

Description: Arabian food.

icono-map-150x150How to get here? San José, Paseo Colón, in front of Mercedes Tower.

restaurant2_6756Services: open until late at night, take out, bookings and alcohol-serving.

horario-150x132Schedule: Tuesday to Friday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm / 6:00 pm – 12:00 mn, Saturday 12:00 md – 4:00 pm / 6: 00 pm – 12: 00 and Sunday 11: 00 am – 5:00 pm.

telefono-70x70Phone: 2257- 6071

Tips: night club atmosphere, business meetings, families with children, special events and very romantic as well.

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