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Pizza John's Jardin Escondido

500 Meters East of Arenal Vista Lodge | Bario El Fosforo, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 20213, Costa Rica
+506 8801 0967
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  • Excellent82%
  • Very good12%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“ice cream” (106 reviews)
“pizza” (273 reviews)
“gelato” (4 reviews)
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Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly
500 Meters East of Arenal Vista Lodge | Bario El Fosforo, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 20213, Costa Rica
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191 - 200 of 388 reviews

Reviewed 16 December 2014

We absolutely loved this place. It was a bit of a drive though worth it. The pizza was incredible! The ice cream was delicious. The service was excellent. "Taco" and another family dog joined us while we ate :-)

2  Thank patricia a
Reviewed 26 November 2014

We were a party of 6 that showed after dark and were greeted by Maira and her little 5 yr old neighbor friend. Being the only guests that night we had the place to ourselves and we sat upstairs in the open air area with...More

1  Thank ilovefrenchbulldogs
Reviewed 4 November 2014 via mobile

You will love this place and you will also love John. The place is magic, the price is great and the service even better. John loves Costa Rica and you will start loving the country too. One of the most magical restaurants I've ever been....More

Thank Locombiano14
Reviewed 14 September 2014 via mobile

Here at Pizza John's, Mayra really does try to make every effort to be as local, organic and sustainable as possible, and believe it or not it makes a big different in the way the homemade pizza and ice cream taste. "The best pizza in...More

Thank Isaac H
Reviewed 1 September 2014

This place has the best pizza I've had in Costa Rica, the crust is thin and crunchy, with quality ingredients in the toppings. We had the Supreme with everything, and it was exceptional... and large enough to fulfill the hunger of the 3 of us....More

Thank Glenn B
Reviewed 30 August 2014

Be sure to look this one up. Don't be turned away by the look of the off-beaten road you have to turn onto from the 'main' road. About 3 doors up, this small 2 storey building is worth finding. Great tasting pizza at a really...More

Thank JarMarJHM
Reviewed 26 August 2014

This is a fun, remote spot in El Castillo with delicious pizza and kind hosts. We enjoyed chatting with them while waiting for our dinner. The graffiti wall makes for entertaining reads, and the canine company is charming. Highly recommended!

Thank Molly D
Reviewed 24 August 2014

Pizza John’s is possibly the world’s most remote pizzeria. It is located in an open 2-story building at the end of a small side street outside the town of El Castillo. The pizzeria is run by the late Pizza John’s wife (Mayra?) and longtime friend,...More

Thank Randi-Tom
Reviewed 2 August 2014

If you are staying at Arenal Lodge, this is about 15 minutes away. It has a nice funky feel to the place, with graffiti on the wall from various travelers, and a couple of pups (including the famous Taco) to greet you. Pizza is made...More

1  Thank eluvity
Reviewed 27 July 2014 via mobile

This little place located on the east side of the Arenal Lake, at El Fósforo of El Castillo, they have the best pizza thin cross, Italian style that you can have in Costa Rica, being attended by the owner Mayra is the best to have...More

Thank Isaac H
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Questions & Answers
1 April 2017|
Response from GringoMichael | Property representative |
yes we do. Any pizza with corn meal crust.!!
1 April 2017|
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Response from MikeInWeHo | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so but not sure.
Jackie S
1 February 2017|
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Response from Kl-brise | Reviewed this property |
Welly welly, Where is that Inn than? The restaurant is closer to El Castillo about 15min on road from La Fortuna plus another 25/30min up the dirt track. Meaning dumpy washed out 4x4 track. The beginning is ok until the... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$2 - US$18
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids, View
Open Hours
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 500 Meters East of Arenal Vista Lodge | Bario El Fosforo, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 20213, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Arenal Volcano National Park  >  El Castillo
  • Phone Number: +506 8801 0967
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Lonely Planet's Top choice-featuring thin crust Italian style handmade pizza, and tropical ice cream. Family Friendly-Open air, casual dining Come for lunch, stay for dinner. Open everyday 12PM to 8PM
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