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Restaurante Kalu

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Calle 31 Ave 5, Barrio Escalante | 50 Mts Al Este Del Parque de Francia, San Jose 10110, Costa Rica
+506 2253 8426
12:00 - 16:00
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Sun 09:00 - 16:00
Mon 12:00 - 16:00
Tue - Fri 12:00 - 22:00
Sat 09:00 - 22:00
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The restaurant is very nice. It is in an old remodeled home with a modern hip look. It has great food and pastries.

Thank Alberto O
Level Contributor
7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Coffee is amazing. I had a large black coffee in French Press and an assortment or desserts. You can tell right away that these were made by one of Costa Rica's top chefs (as the waitress mentioned to us later). The coffee blend they use is just perfect. Everything about the place screams quality. The ingredients, the furniture, the decore,... More 

Thank Jose M
Cartago, Costa Rica
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a great meal. The service was nice and the outdoor dining was refreshingly beautiful for an urban setting.

Thank haney321
Coronado, Costa Rica
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

I ordered the warm octopus and potato salad. It came with three small bland boiled potatoes, a couple baby octopus, which were overcooked and tasted slightly off, after a couple of them I just couldn't eat more. The dressing was really sour, which was pretty unpleasant. My friend shared her ceviche with me, which was really good. The coffee cured... More 

Thank Fernando F
Taipei, Taiwan
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47 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

I visited this place with high expectations as my friend always talked wonders about it. At arrival, everything was fine, lovely decoration and environment. We took a table in the garden area and got our menus... and then, the disappointment started. It took around 30 mins for the waitress to take our order and only because I called her. Then,... More 

Thank jwu5
San Jose
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61 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Beautiful place with really good food! You can spend the whole afternoon here, eating and passing a good time with the family.

1 Thank Gdo_Castillo
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Everything was great: food & service. Specially the salmon, which was part of the gluten free options, delicious! Definitely coming back!

Thank msotom
San Jose, Costa Rica
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

I love Kalu for brunch and their desserts. Recently I've had to send back my plates, but usually the food is quite good. It is a bit pricey for what it is. Service is absolutely terrible, on a Sunday evening the waitress actually kicked us out by saying "It is time for you to go back home"

Thank amandaquiros36
Houston, Texas
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59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Taken to the restaurant by a local business colleague, enjoyed a lovely early dinner in their beautiful garden. Loved how the mid-century home has been restored into this quaint restaurant/boutique/gourmet coffee shop. I shared a ceviche appetizer and a salmon dish and both were delicious but pretty pricey (for similar items in the US). However, I also understand that in... More 

1 Thank Maria G
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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71 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

The place is nice and trendy. The service was exceptional ! The food was soso. Sent back our dishes twice, ended up asking for something else. Hamburger large but not too tasty.... fish tacos greasy.... Pricy... expected better food....

Thank AmandaV45

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$25
Cafe, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
09:00 - 16:00
12:00 - 16:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle 31 Ave 5, Barrio Escalante | 50 Mts Al Este Del Parque de Francia, San Jose 10110, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of San Jose  >  San Jose Metro  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +506 2253 8426

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