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300m norte del ICE | Sabana Norte, San Jose, Costa Rica
+506 2232 9440
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Peterborough, Canada
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Family run, homemade pastas, varied menu, attentive service. You feel like you're part of the community - not touristy in feel. Although it had a fine dining atmosphere, it was family friendly. Sage and brown butter ravioli was a highlight, although all of our meals (we went twice while staying at the connected hotel) were first rate.

Thank Terry N
San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The restaurant has a very nice Italian atmospher and a good service. What it is more important, the food is delicious.

Thank Lola_Knot
London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Alwasy busy, make sure you book. The food is delicious and service is good and friendly. Carpaccio and panacotta highly recommended

Thank isalondon2016
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37 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

great atmosphere, great food, prices a little high, service very good. if you are staying at the Cristina hotl you can take the elevetor and go up to dine or order to eat in your room.

Thank litcheemontreal
Prince George, Canada
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

Ate twice at L'Olivo on a resent vacation in Costa Rica. This is the best we found in San Jose. The staff here are friendly, knowledgeable and the food and drinks were very good. Prices are reasonable given the quality of the food. Our waiter and the bartender were outstanding!

Thank NorthernTraveler2013
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153 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Remains our favorite in Costa Rica . Esteban our waiter always remembers us and more importantly remembers our individual favorites. My favorite is a hot spicy pepper relish which I use on bread . This week we came 3-4 times and were never disappointed . Started off with my favorite escargot garlicky and hot. Appetizers which never fail to please... More 

Thank Frexinet
Atlanta, Georgia
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142 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

Everytime we come to San Jose, we stay at the Suites Christina, perhaps due to this restaurant. The food is excellent, the staff is wonderful and several speak English. The can also provide room service if you desire.

Thank Barry H
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Wanted to take out some friends to celebrate wanted something special so I picked this place because is was close to where I live. I like that it was convenient, safe, easy to get to , intimate, and of course had excellent food.

Thank Vaughn E
Seattle, Washington
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Had a couple dinners here. Would come back, nice ambiance good food. convenient if you stay in hotel.

Thank infinity292
New York City, New York
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

This restaurant is part of the Cristina Hotel in North Sabana. Since I stayed at the hotel, it was great to have an in-house restaurant, especially when you are not familiar with the country or city. All 3 dinners there were excellent, as was the service!

Thank Doris B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 300m norte del ICE | Sabana Norte, San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of San Jose  >  San Jose Metro  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +506 2232 9440

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