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Pizza John's Jardin Escondido

500 Meters East of Arenal Vista Lodge | Bario El Fosforo, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 20213, Costa Rica
+506 8801 0967
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  • Excellent81%
  • Very good13%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“ice cream” (108 reviews)
“pizza” (281 reviews)
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Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
500 Meters East of Arenal Vista Lodge | Bario El Fosforo, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 20213, Costa Rica
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This was a quaint pizzeria on someone’s farm land. All food was organic and the pizza was delicious. We watched all sorts of birds fly about while we took in the beauty of the locale.

Thank cmptraveller
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This actually is one of the best places to get pizza in El Castillo. The ice cream is the richest and best that I have ever tasted. It is the only place we all agreed that we had to return to on this trip and...More

Thank Bestof47
Reviewed 4 days ago

In addition to the most friendly wait staff, including Moses, they have excellent pizza. We were there for six days and found ourselves there twice. Okay the second time was for another sccop of ice cream but if this place were home, I would go...More

Thank StephenH240
Reviewed 5 days ago

This little place is a gem! We found it on YouTube while we were planning the trip at home in Texas. It is a little a block away from the Lake Arenal road. John is no longer living, but his widow Mayra is the proprietor...More

Thank Littlebigdogmom
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved lunch here! The pizza was delicious and had an excellent, crispy crust. The service was wonderful. We sat upstairs, overlooking a garden full of flowers. We went after hiking in Arenal National Park--it was a lovely break from the bustle/traffic of Fortuna. The...More

Thank Brede E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice and quiet place, warm welcome, very good pizzas handmade by the owner and very very good icecreams homemade: chocolate and ginger was the best we ever had and coffee (costaricain coffee) was very tasty and pleasant. We can recommend this place !

Thank Yves R
Reviewed 9 February 2018

Shared a delicious pizza and finished with possibly the best ice cream we’ve ever eaten! Costa Rican Coffee, chocolate & ginger, vanilla all packed with flavour.Sooo good. Friendly staff, very relaxed, just the job.

Thank Nicola D
Reviewed 4 February 2018

We stopped by here to grab a to go pizza. My wife who is super picky with food said this is the most delicious pizza she has ever had!!! The owners are extremely nice and provided great service.

Thank Christhian V
Reviewed 28 January 2018

Ventured down from the Observatory Lodge to find a place to eat, had seen the reviews for this restaurant and thought we’d give it a try, we arrived at 8pm and the place was empty, a little apprehension set in, but, the owners were very...More

Thank Steve B
Reviewed 24 January 2018 via mobile

After a few hours hiking in Arenal Observatory we were on a food hunt. We checked the Arenal lodge restaurant but it was expensive and we felt like a more of an authentic CR lunch. We decided to drive to Castillo to see what was...More

Thank Shawna H
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Questions & Answers
1 April 2017|
Response from GringoMichael | Property representative |
yes we do. Any pizza with corn meal crust.!!
1 April 2017|
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Response from MikeInWeHo | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so but not sure.
Jackie S
2 February 2017|
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Response from Kl-brise | Reviewed this property |
Welly welly, Where is that Inn than? The restaurant is closer to El Castillo about 15min on road from La Fortuna plus another 25/30min up the dirt track. Meaning dumpy washed out 4x4 track. The beginning is ok until the... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$2 - US$18
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, View
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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
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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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