San Jose Restaurants

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  • 1. Grano de Oro Restaurant

    $$$ | Paseo Colón

    The Hotel Grano de Oro houses one of San José's premier dining destinations: a splendid restaurant wrapped around a lovely indoor patio and bromeliad-filled garden....Read More

  • 2. Jürgen's

    $$$ | Barrio Dent

    A common haunt for políticos, Jürgen's attracts San José's elites, and you'll feel pretty elite too when you dine at this contemporary restaurant with leather...Read More

  • 3. Kalú

    $$$ | Barrio Escalante

    At one of the capital's trendiest dining spots, the panini and pastas are the standouts, but Kalú's menu incorporates Costa Rican, Thai, and American elements,...Read More

  • 4. Le Chandelier


    Formal service and traditional sauce-heavy French dishes are part of the experience at this elegant dining room with wicker chairs, tile floors, and original paintings....Read More

  • 5. Restaurante Silvestre

    $$$$ | Barrio Amón

    Chef Santiago Fernandez is at the helm of this ambitious and wildly successful exploration of upscale contemporary Costa Rican cuisine. The regularly changing menus use...Read More

  • 6. Tin Jo


    The colorful dining rooms of this converted house evoke Japan, India, China, Indonesia, and Thailand. Start with a powerful Singapore sling (brandy and fruit juices)...Read More

  • 7. A Dos Manos

    $$ | Barrio Escalante

    The name translates as “with two hands,” and that’s what it takes to handle the monster burgers here. The capital’s best burgers are made from...Read More

  • 8. Alma de Café


    Duck into the Teatro Nacional's sumptuous café, off the theater lobby, to sit at a marble table and sip a hazelnut mocha beneath frescoed ceilings....Read More

  • 9. Café Miel Garage

    $ | Barrio Otoya

    A scant two tables and a small counter are the only seating in this tiny converted garage. But the coffee, harvested from its own plantation...Read More

  • 10. Café Mundo

    $$ | Barrio Otoya

    The upstairs café at this corner restaurant serves meals on a porch, on a garden patio, or in two dining rooms. Try the soup of...Read More

  • 11. Café Otoya Bistro

    $$ | Barrio Otoya

    The warm and welcoming vibe that exudes from this very cool Barrio Otoya café is only enhanced by the friendly, attentive staff. Diners are a...Read More

  • 12. Cafeoteca

    $ | Barrio Escalante

    This café blends and roasts its own coffee on-site which pairs well with the cakes and pies on offer. All coffees served here are also...Read More

  • 13. Club Unión

    $ | Downtown

    This elevated, glassed-in café lets you survey the ongoing hive of activity on the small, shaded plaza in front of the post office. While Club...Read More

  • 14. Dolce Gelato

    $$ | Barrio Escalante

    The homemade gelato served at Dolce Gelato gives Costa Rica’s ubiquitous Pop’s ice cream chain a run for its money. These folks get adventurous with...Read More

  • 15. Don Wang


    In a country where "Chinese cuisine" usually means simply white rice and vegetables, Don Wang's authenticity is a treat. Cantonese cuisine is the mainstay, and...Read More

  • 16. Entre Nous

    $ | Barrio Escalante | Eclectic

    It’s the crepes—salty or sweet—that draw the crowds here. It’s a bright, cheery place with a covered terrace to stop for dessert after an evening...Read More

  • 17. Franco

    $ | Barrio Escalante

    Fashionable Franco serves gourmet beverages made from the country’s premium coffees. Your inner amateur barista may want to check into the slate of coffee workshops...Read More

  • 18. Giacomín

    $ | Los Yoses

    We have to admit that Costa Rican baked goods tend toward the dry-as-dust end of the spectrum, but Italian-style bakery Giacomín, near the University of...Read More

  • 19. Juan Valdez Café

    $ | Sabana Norte

    This sleek, modern west-side coffee shop and store is an island of all-Colombian products, both beverage and souvenirs, in Costa Rica. They serve cakes, pastries,...Read More

  • 20. L'Olivo

    $$$ | Paseo Colón

    The vaulted ceilings and a vineyard mural on one wall evoke old Italy at this restaurant serving homemade pastas—spinach cannelloni and linguine with clam sauce...Read More

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