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Pizza John's Jardin Escondido

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500 Meters East of Arenal Vista Lodge | Bario El Fosforo, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 20213, Costa Rica
+506 8801 0967
12:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 20:00
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Yellowknife, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We ordered two pizzas with the plan to bring the leftovers home. Ha! We demolished them because we just couldn't stop eating them. We surprisingly managed to save a little room for the best homemade ice cream ever! (We'd advise you do the same.) I would also recommend the piña coladas 100%. They were excellent. (I had two.) Juan &a... More 

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Ontario, Canada
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a delicious lunch here after zip lining at sky trek. The thin crust pizza with fresh ingredients and the ice cold beer were great as was the homemade ice cream. Prices were reasonable. This is a unique little place with great staff for good conversation. Our server had moved down from the U.S and we had a great chat... More 

Thank Hunster25
Ottawa, Canada
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been in Costa Rica for almost 2 months and have been looking for good pizza. The pizza and the server were great. Kudos to the chef.

Thank Marilyn138
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We recently went here when on vacation and it was delicious! Homemade crust and all of the toppings were fresh. Amazing wood fried pizza!!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
El Castillo, Costa Rica
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Followed the signs to this little out of the way restaurant. Pizza and ice cream were terrific. Family and family pets were so friendly!! A bit hard to find but follow the signs and you should be good to go

Thank isleelaine
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Delicious homemade icecrea with unique flavors. My favorite was chocolate ginger....seriously the best icecream i've ever had! The coconut, banana and peanut were also good. Really friendly staff too!

Thank Alicia W
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Pizza was fantastic! Reminded us of our favorite pizza joint back home. Our server was really friendly. She spoke Spanish to us the whole time and some how we understood everything she was saying with our little knowledge of the language. The owner has a fresh herb garden in the resturant that she uses for recipes. Loved it!

Thank Shelby R
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed in El Castillo with our kids 7,8,10,12 and wanted to treat them to pizza and ice cream after a great day of travel and getting settled in. The pizza Johns story is great and the food is awesome as well. We had the special and all the ingredients were fresh and good. The kids loved the ice cream... More 

Thank Katherinepwilson
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

Most has already been said, really good pizza, fresh ingredients and home made Ice cream, what more can you ask for. Just a side note, we spent time talking to John the waiter, who was a very good friend of John, the owner, who passed away and who's wife (owners) now very successfully runs the restaurant. John been at the... More 

Thank Moira D
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

The road into John`s is full of pot holes but suck it up and make the trip. We enjoyed the locally brewed beer, pizza, and homemade ice crème at John`s. Sit on the second level and enjoy the graffiti while you are there.

Thank Dr_DC2010

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$2 - US$18
Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Cash Only, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 500 Meters East of Arenal Vista Lodge | Bario El Fosforo, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 20213, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Arenal Volcano National Park  >  El Castillo
  • Phone Number: +506 8801 0967
Lonely Planet's Top choice-featuring thin crust Italian style handmade pizza, and tropical ice cream. Family Friendly-Open air, casual dining Come for lunch, stay for dinner. Open everyday 12PM to 8PM

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