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al chile viola

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Santa Teresa | 200 mts norte del Supermercado La Hacienda, Santa Teresa 60111, Costa Rica
+506 2640 0433
12:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Thu 18:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sun 12:00 - 22:00
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Whitby, Canada
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45 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

We have already gone here twice this week and the food is fantastic. Authentic Italian! The yellowfin tuna was seared perfectly and the canelli bean sauce was delicious. The caprese salad comes with a full ball of mozzarella and is seasoned perfectly. Specials change regularly but I have yet to have something that was not delicious. The chocolate banana brownie... More 

Thank Chris E
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

This is our second time in Santa Teresa, and this restaurant is our favorite in town. It is family owned and all the staff are incredibly kind and attentive. The atmosphere is lovely and the drinks are made with the freshest ingredients. All the dishes are simple yet creative, never hiding the natural beauty of the ingredients. We have already... More 

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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 February 2017

This was probably the best meal that we ate in Costa Rica. We ordered drinks, that were unique and delicious (ginger mohito?! YUM!) The meal both looked and tasted beautiful. We were brave and tried the bull ball ravioli, BEST part of the meal! I was impressed with the freshness of the menu, the options (just choosing what to eat... More 

Thank Kirsten H
Rumson, New Jersey
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

We have a home in the area and have tried many restaurants but Al Chili Viola is our favorite. Luz and Amiliano are wonderful hosts and the food is consistently outstanding. They do seafood and meats to perfection and the homemade pasta is fantastic. On our last visit my wife had Sea bass and I had crusted tuna. The fish... More 

Thank drossbach
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

It's been about 18 months since I've had the pleasure of dining at Al Chile Viola. The food and service are still amazing. I had my standby, bulls balls ravioli, and my husband had giant prawns, that were accurately described! As always the service was friendly and prompt. We will be sure to return.

Thank Lynne B
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

We are staying in the Santa Teresa/Mal Pais area for a week and have been really impressed with the quality of the restaurants here. This is one of the places we visited and really liked. The night we went there was a guitarist playing and singing which added to the nice ambiance. The waitresses are all very attentive and the... More 

Thank Susan I
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

Hands down our favorite restaurant while visiting Costa Rica. Do not miss their Tuna tartar marinated in olive oil and passion fruit served in this really cool "cone" with shaved almond, avocado and wasabi mouse. I tried almost everything from pear and pecorino salad (what the hell is a percoino? Good! That's what.) to Bull Ball ravioli and I don't... More 

Thank DuneDog
Buxton, North Carolina
2 reviews
Reviewed 17 February 2017

We had a small wedding at a house nearby and took our crowd to AlChileViola for dinner. The food was awesome. I had the tuna tartini and sea bass.Nothing boring about this menu. Great Costa Rica Atmosphere and great hosts. Smiles everywhere. Our crew enjoyed the tasty creations so much they came back to eat all week. We will definitely... More 

Thank dunnfishcrab
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

The food was very good and the service was excellent, Ines was very kind with us and recommend excellent choices.

Thank Andres C
Madeira Islands, Portugal
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

If you are in Santa Teresa this is definitely a restaurant you can't miss! The owners and all the staff are super nice and the food is simply delicious. We had the beef carpaccio and the eggplant for starters and the homemade ravioli and the sea bass for mains and it couldn't be cooked any better. Also we had the... More 

Thank André F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$40
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Santa Teresa | 200 mts norte del Supermercado La Hacienda, Santa Teresa 60111, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Santa Teresa
  • Phone Number: +506 2640 0433
Al chile viola offers a great collection of incredible italian dishes prepared carefully by our italian chef Emiliano and served by his wife Luz.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?