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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Single-use or sanitized menus
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Updated 05/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 05/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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US$5 - US$9
Cafe, Asian, Vietnamese, Healthy, Fusion
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is, without a doubt, the best meal I’ve had since arriving in Costa Rica. The service was impeccable and friendly, the food was well balanced and the spicing was delicate and beautiful. I wish I could pick this place up and carry it on...my back to Minnesota so that I could go three times a week. Many many options on the menu, but the desert, oh my God the desert, try the chocolate cake!More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 7 March 2021 via mobile

Food, cafe, service, and ambience - all 10/10! Very fresh and flavorful- que rica. Also the staff was lovely.

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 25 February 2021

For a place that ranks very high on TA the service sucked!! No one ever came back to see how things were or take away the plates.. menu needs work!! Don’t try the house sauces!!More

Date of visit: February 2021
Jimmy Z, Propietario at Cafe Rojo, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2021

Hello Brian. Thanks for letting us now this happened. This is not customary in our restaurant, we try to provide all of our customers with the best customers service, however we are still adjusting from the pandemic fluctuations in the number of customer, but we...More

Reviewed 21 February 2021 via mobile

Great food and service! Tried a chicken bowl, Chilean cake and latte, everything was amazing. Cute design outside. Would definitely go there again.

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 8 February 2021

My plane was taking off in 2.5 hours, so not much time to eat before flying out. I arrived at Cafe Rojo about 30 minutes before is was officially open, and explained to them in my broken Spanish my situation. They dropped what they were...doing and opened up 30 minutes early just to feed me so I could catch the plane on a full stomach. Oh... and the food gets a 10 of 10 on freshness... Very tasty. Best way to start a day moving thru airportsMore

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 14 January 2021

I love the food at Cafe Rojo. It is made fresh and very delicious. The staff are always super friendly and helpful. The area just nearby can be a little bit dodgy at times so be careful. This is not a reflection of the cafe...just a sidenote.More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 7 January 2021 via mobile

Incredible food, nice portions, great presentation, good music, lovely staff. Will be returning tomorrow :)

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 6 January 2021 via mobile

The format is really cool and easy to follow, pick your base, add "protein" (or vegetable), you're all set! My wife got the pescado (fish) and casado (rice + beans). I went for shitake mushrooms and 'bun' (Vietnamese noodles). The fish was phenomenal, that's the...winner. Shitake was delicious, slightly healthier, and combined with the noodles, very filling. Both our orders came with side salads. We also grabbed a bottle for 8k colons (~$17 CAD) and it was a nice addition. The cafe itself is very beautiful and worth eating at. The owner / staff were so nice and welcoming to us (foreigners). We would have eaten in, but due to COVID decided to take the food back to our room. It made for great, easy, and healthy takeaway.More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 6 January 2021 via mobile

Fresh and delicious food, very good coffee, nice selection of coffee and fresh drinks, excellent carrot cake! Definitely recommended for light lunch, dessert and coffee or early dinner. Very attentive and nice staff too! :)

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 14 October 2020 via mobile

We were surprised by the amazing quality and authenticity of the Vietnamese kitchen - absolutely yummy for a very fair price! Highly recommended!!

Date of visit: October 2020
JimmyZ66, Owner at Cafe Rojo, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2020

Thanks!!! We appreciate your comment :)

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28 January 2015|
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Response from Jimz1982 | Property representative |
San José downtown on avenida 7, Calle 3, green house with a massive cactus. You can check it out on gmaps under Café Rojo, San José.
28 January 2015|
Response from John H | Reviewed this property |
Its on Avenida 7 near Calle 1, a block or two west of the Hotel Santo Tomas, which you can find on Google maps.
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