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Soda Tapia

Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly
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Calle 42, Avenidas 2 y 4 | Costado este del Parque La Sabana, San Jose, Costa Rica
+506 2222 6734
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35 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in for a quick lunch and had a Casado. The service was attentive and the food was a great size for the price I paid. The smoothie was very fruity And again great value for money

Thank Michael W
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I asked the hotel staff for a suggestion on authentic Costa Rican food and they told me about Soda Tapia. If you want a fine dining experience this is definitely not your place. It reminded me of a fast food restaurant but it is not. The food was fresh and tasty. This place is where the locals go to but... More 

Thank Sergio F
London E
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

We had pescado al ajillo which was quite dry and hardly tasted of garlic at all. The chicken in the chicken burger was soggy. The fries were nice and crispy. We had to wait quite a long time for the food and the service was not attentive.

Thank 444andreast
San Jose, Costa Rica
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

This place is called Soda Tapia, because Soda is the name we use for small restaurants that usually serves hamburgers, sandwichs and other typical fast foods. Having said that this is a great place for 1 - breakfast, try the pinto or the arreglado, again you could get better flavor in other places but this is a classic 2 -... More 

Thank carlosgmorales
Miami, Florida
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

Cuando regresé a mi querida Tiquicia después de muchos años con mi familia lo primero que hicimos al llegar a Chepe fué parar a comer un bocadillo en la famosa "Soda Tapia". When I returned to my beloved Tiquicia after been many years outside, the first thing my family and I did was stop for a quick bite to eat... More 

Thank Alvaro S
San Jose, Costa Rica
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

We went to buy some of their famous ice cream, a couple of scups, nothing more. It took us 35 minutes to receive our order. Customers were leaving because of the service. Maybe is understandable if the place would have been packed, but it was barely half full. In this days were competition is everywere, service is very important.

Thank Rasch55
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Not a very vegetarian friendly place with almost no option! Otherwise, they have one of the best Costa Rican Galo Pinto!!

Thank Sarah M
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53 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

La Soda Tapia, es uno de esos lugares, tradicionales. Tiene la ventaja de que está abierto 24 hrs los 7 días de la semana. Puede antojarse de un desayuno a las 10pm y se lo van a servir; así como los famosos sandwich en pan español, arreglados, ensada de frutos y los granizados. Se acepta tarjeta de crédito y hay... More 

Thank chilis_cr
San Rafael de Escazu, Costa Rica
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

This used to be an iconic place where people used to go for breakfast or any other time to enjoy their salads and/or their sandwiches. However, the place it's just not what it used to be. The food is good, if you don't mind being served in plastic dinnerware. However, the service is just incredibly slow. It took our waiter,... More 

Thank Ginaescazu
London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

This was an iconic "fountain soda" with great sandwiches and costa rican light fare. But... the service has dropped from what used to be professional waiters to young inexperienced staff. The great thing about Soda Tapia is that it still offers service. If you are not in the mood to sit in the noisy cafeteria, just park in front and... More 

Thank isalondon2016

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle 42, Avenidas 2 y 4 | Costado este del Parque La Sabana, San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of San Jose  >  San Jose Metro  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +506 2222 6734

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