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el Balcon

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Steakhouse, South American, Costa Rican
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Parque Central Catedral o Radio Shack 25 Metros Sur, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
+506 2431 2603
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Flagstaff, Arizona, United States
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5 reviews
Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Without question, the best food, pies, pastries, fresh baked German breads, and coffee in Atenas. I especially enjoyed their seafood soup (sopa de mariscos) and the cheese ravioli with a basil mushroom sauce. It's always immaculately clean, and English and German are spoken. The wifi connection is dependable and relatively fast for Atenas. Melani, the owner, has created a unique,... More 

Thank Lewis S
Level Contributor
57 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2015 via mobile

The place is ok, the service is decent, but i feel that food is a little over priced. They could do better

Thank Marcia S
Maplewood, MN'
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57 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2015

When asking a police officer where to eat in Alajuela, he directed us here. It is a cute place, but perhaps the night we were there they were a bit overwhelmed with our large group and that could have been because of a staffing shortage. The food was nice and they do have quite a selection. There was some confusion... More 

Thank heyjude0119
San Francisco Bay Area
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25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2015 via mobile

We went here on a Sunday evening. Ordered drinks then food. Got our drinks, but after waiting an hour the owner came out and told us they had problems with the gas in the kitchen and couldn't complete our order. They didn't charge us for the round of drinks, but we wasted a whole bunch of time here and were... More 

Thank Trav_Junkie
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81 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2015 via mobile

stopped here tonight for our last meal in Costa Rica, we had a Jumbo cocktail prawns ( highly recommended, very fresh and tasty) to share, soft drinks, 1 mariscada (one of the nicest of our trip) and 1 Casado con pescado, also nice. The waitress was extremely nice, welcoming and sweet. The price of the meal was a little higher... More 

Thank spasci
Brooklyn, New York
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2015

really good food. Pretty much the only restaurant in the area other than fast food like McDonald's or Burger King. Well, there were Chinese food but I didn't try. You probably can't go wrong with Chinese.

Thank Pamela S
Ottawa, Canada
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63 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2014

clean, great prices, lots of variety,food prepared from scratch, even delicious cheesecake for $2.60, you can also buy food to go and different kinds of homemade breads.we returned the next day and plan on going back

Thank 358sam
Atenas, Costa Rica
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76 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2014

I LOVE this place. Meleanie (the owner) always gives me a big hug and her staff are super! It's my "go to" place for lunch at least 2x a month! And her 'events' (Christmas Octoberfest etc) are always outstanding!

Thank aannafred
Kingston, Jamaica
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48 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2014

this restaurant is upstairs near the square, but we still had a hard time finding it. the decor is very plain, but the food was great, with an authentic Casado and very good seafood. lots of locals and tourists vista this place.

Thank tjknight61
Toronto, Canada
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151 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2014

Loved the location and its a great spot for people watching. The staff is super professional and helpful and we enjoyed great service. The food was very yummy, try the Tipico if you want something local, but it was also pricey. So be prepared to spend about $50 for dinner for two...

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$20
Steakhouse, South American, Costa Rican
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Parque Central Catedral o Radio Shack 25 Metros Sur, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Alajuela
  • Phone Number: +506 2431 2603

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