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Cafe Kahawa

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Costa Rican, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly
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300 Meters of West of La Lidia School, San Gerardo de Dota 10980-1000, Costa Rica (Formerly Kahawa)
+506 2740 1081
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Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
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55 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My friends and I were visiting Costa Rica during May. On route to our resort we stopped by Cafe Kahawa for lunch. It definitely was a good idea. The menu is short but has enough options. Trout is their speciality. The place has a lovely view of the ridge/valley next door. Net-net, a place I would definitely recommend for a... More 

Thank RahulPratti
Ghent, Belgium
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126 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There is a menu with a limited offer of snacks, sandwiches and some warm items, trout is omnipresent. Nice view and good alternative for the buffet offer in the neighbourhood

Thank bbb05
EugeniaJurado, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Kahawa, responded to this review

Dear bbb05, Thank you so much for visiting Cafe Kahawa in San Gerardo de Dota. Trout is our specialty! We have it in most of our dishes from appetizers to entrees. We want visitors to try the freshest specialty of the area. Our smoked trout is delicious! Being a cafe, we have carefully selected our dishes to offer a small... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

We only had coffee and apple pie but it was delicious. We asked for more coffee because the view and the weather was perfect that day. You can even take a walk on the surroundings. I will definitely recommend it.

Thank Lia G
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

This is a delightful restaurant with some great trout offerings on it's menu. I really enjoy the Trout Sandwich that they serve, but even more, I love the open air feel and the view right by the Savegre River.

Thank teamcalloway
Kruisland, The Netherlands
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30 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

We had lunch here after our walk to the waterfall. The place looks great and very clean and offered exactly what we needed. The menu isn't big, but has all the right things for a good lunch. We had the Kuku Wrap, and the Trout Sandwich. Both were great with fries added. They were really friendly and we would really... More 

Thank ErikvanTurnhout
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

There are not many restaurants in san gerardo de dota, but this one is defenitely worth visiting. It looks really nice and clean in the middle of the mountains. I had the fresh trout out of the river so a local dish and it was perfect!

Thank Mike V
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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

We were staying at the nearby Savegre resort and wanted to go off the property to try something different for dinner. We saw online that cafe Kahawa had a variety of trout dishes that sounded good, so we decided to try it. We ordered fish and chips, trout tacos, and trout in a coconut milk sauce. All three dishes were... More 

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Watford, England, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

After a 2.5km walk downhill from Trogon Lodge where the Quetzals flew on our walk down, the family & I enjoyed a super lunch at this very pleasant & friendly cafe. Freshly sourced produce of which we had hot sandwiches of ham & cheese, trout & other fillings with French fries or homemade coleslaw enjoyed with a lemon mint tea... More 

Thank JeanetteAron
San Jose, Costa Rica
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181 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

San Gerardo is somewhat isolated, but there are good dining options, and this is one of them. Lovely setting next to the river, great service, and good food. They specialize in trout, the local product. I had the fried trout basket and the trout dip as starter. They were both delicious. My companion had the pasta which wasn't quite as... More 

Thank Jorge V
Coronado, Costa Rica
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198 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016 via mobile

The trout is excellent & very nice service. Pretty view over an Island which has bunnies & Guinea pigs. Only cash is accepted.

Thank Saltspringsgirl

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$20
Costa Rican, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 300 Meters of West of La Lidia School, San Gerardo de Dota 10980-1000, Costa Rica (Formerly Kahawa)
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of San Jose  >  San Gerardo de Dota
  • Phone Number: +506 2740 1081

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?