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Jalapenos Central

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50 Mts South of Post Office, Alajuela, Costa Rica
+506 2430 4027
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Today
11:30 - 21:00
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 - 20:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 21:00
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Simply delicious 👌👌👌 Tex-mex food Best Chilli con Carne Very friendly and excellent customer service.

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Thank Francisoo V
Lafayette, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Norman, the owner was gracious as always. Plantano with black beans and avocado appetizer was awesome. He now has another part of the restaurant two doors down that also serves Cuban dishes in addition to his Tex Mex recipes. All dishes can be ordered from either facility. I never miss a trip to Jalapenos at least once on each trip... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Pleasant surprise!! Very good food at a reasonable price in a friendly, clean environment. Service was very good and the owner takes pride in his restaurant.In summary, if I lived there I would return often.

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Thank TTBMD
Middlebury, Vermont
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place has great food with many vegetarian options. We were there on a Wednesday night and there was a steady stream of people coming in. The service was excellent, the wait staff did not forget about us. We stay nearby when we're in town and will definitely return.

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Plattsburgh, New York
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing food. the perfect spot and helpful with our only speaking English. Try the different sauces!

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Thank Deena M
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great, casual place to go for a well-priced, delicious Tex-Mex meal with good service and a friendly owner named Norman who runs a tight ship. It was so good we ate there twice on our short visit to the Alajuela area!

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First time in Costa Rica and was recommend this place. Glad we did come here the food was great and awesome decor. Recommend coming to this place and trying it out.

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Frensham, null, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Myself and my partner have just finished yet another meal at Jalapeños Central. The food here is really EXCITING. It's our fourth time visiting, and on this occasion I had the buffalo chicken fajitas, which had a pleasant kick 🌶. Both the kitchen and front-of-house staff are attentive and efficient, and the owner enjoys making conversation with the clientele. We... More 

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Thank Rich F
Heredia, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved it! We've been there twice and really liked our food both times. Wife loves it, I love it, my girl loves it. We'll be back.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We walked into Jalapeño Central after a long flight from the states and immediately felt welcome. The staff was friendly, a local ex pat who was dining there greeted us, and Norman, the owner, could not have been more welcoming and accommodating. Sometimes all of these things are just as important as the food when traveling to a foreign country.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$2 - US$9
Cuisine
Mexican, Latin
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 20:00
Monday
11:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 21:00
Thursday
11:30 - 21:00
Friday
11:30 - 21:00
Saturday
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 50 Mts South of Post Office, Alajuela, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Alajuela
  • Phone Number: +506 2430 4027
Description
Open 7 days a week. Mon- sat 11:30-9:00 pm Sun 11:30-8:00 pm Accept credit cards except American express

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?