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Park Cafe

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100 N Rostipollos, La Sabana, San Jose, Costa Rica
+506 2290 6324
Tue - Sat 17:30 - 21:00
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21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I dined in the Park Cafe on a business dinner with few associates of mine. The place was recommended by our local agent. Park Cafe is managed by an energetic lady. The crazy English Chef is her husband. He is creative, imaginative, and he knows his work. After the desserts we called the Chef to our table and spontaneously applauded... More 

Thank omerlaviv
Zarathustra_10, Owner at Park Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for the review, Louise and I did laugh this morning! We are having a great time with our customers at the moment, so have enjoyed your observations. Sorry if I seemed uncomfortable, I obviously enjoyed your display of appreciation. Very best wishes, Richard and Louise More 

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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We found this gem of a restaurant on our first visit to Costa Rica 3 years ago. It has only gotten better on this, our 3rd visit. Nestled within an antique shop the dining space is truly unique and beautiful. Each dish that comes to your table is a taste extravaganza and a visual delight. They are small sharing plates... More 

Thank Janet C
Zarathustra_10, Owner at Park Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Janet, Thank you for the review. It has been a pleasure to have you visit us the last few years. Do hope to see you on your next visit to Costa Rica. Best wishes, Richard More 

2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

this place can just be described as magical, the ambiance, the décor, the service but above all the food! each dish is carefully orchestrated with an array for flavors and textures, each individual elements is perfectly seasoned and offers an special experience but when all the flavors are mixed in a bite you have a perfectly balanced array of flavors... More 

Thank Gaby R
Zarathustra_10, Owner at Park Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Gaby, It was great to have you here. Thanks for the review, it's always nice to hear our customers voices. So glad that we seem to have managed to rid ourselves of some of the tiresome people we had visiting last year, the solemn 'tryers' and scrutineers. Rather easy to achieve, you only have to refuse the people who... More 

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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Got the pleasure to visit this quaint place with some co-workers one night a few months back. I was struck by a number of things; from the outside I didn't even know it was a restaurant. Going inside it's amazing. Antiques and cool things everywhere. Immediately welcoming and friendly staff. Then the chef came out and personally welcomed us. In... More 

Thank David S
Zarathustra_10, Owner at Park Cafe, responded to this review

Dear David, Thank you so much for the review. It's been a traumatic year with some people visiting us who really shouldn't have been here. Thanks again, you're the sort of person who is a pleasure to have in one's restaurant. Best wishes, Richard More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was one of the best all round restaurant experiences that I have ever had. The food was most likely tops of the meals I have had worldwide. The service had the chef bringing the food to your table personally and checking up on your experience. The ambience was quaint and perfectly suited for this amazing experience. Cheers to the... More 

2 Thank Matthew R
Zarathustra_10, Owner at Park Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Mathew, Thanks for the kind review. We've had the best clientele coming to Park Cafe for a decade, even longer for those using the antiques store. It has always been a pleasure welcoming good people into our home, so the last year with some marginal people has been a trauma. Keep dining out, chef's restaurateurs will always appreciate you... More 

San Antonio De Belen, Costa Rica
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

I have had the pleasure of dining at the Park Cafe many times over the past few years. I cannot praise Richard, the chef/owner, his staff and his wife enough. The dining experience is fabulous: the food is so creative, both in flavor and presentation, the staff attentive and the atmosphere, interesting and relaxing. I love the Park Cafe and... More 

Thank julierC6816EE
Zarathustra_10, Owner at Park Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Julie, Thanks so much for the review. We've always enjoyed you and Steve coming here, bringing friends and family and the company you've provided. Hope you always continue to enjoy our little table. Very best wishes, Richard and Louise More 

Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

The Park Cafe is packed full of awesome. From the building itself, to Richard and his team, to the amazing food...it's a challenge to explain the total experience. We've eaten in many cities around the globe and amazingly the Park Cafe is the Best Ever because it is more than food; it is an experience.

1 Thank kmkvech
Zarathustra_10, Owner at Park Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the review, I am genuinely touched by your kindness. It is always a pleasure to have people such as yourselves here in our home. We are presently twentieth in the city's rating, as I have spent the last year fighting with some people who shouldn't have been here. I simply cannot understand why some people... More 

New York City, New York
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

We made reservations two weeks in advance, calling from the US, for dinner on the night of December 30, 2016 for four people. We were arriving back into San Jose from a rain forest expedition that afternoon and made plans in advance so that there would be no worries with locating a nice dinner when we were tired from travel.... More 

1 Thank AngelCherie914
Zarathustra_10, Owner at Park Cafe, responded to this review

Shameless liars...........The restaurant and antiques store were closed for Christmas and New Year. It was clearly marked on our site. You did not speak to 'the owners' as Louise or I would have..........told you we were on holiday. You made a mistake but do not have the decency to admit it. More 

Belo Horizonte, MG
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

My husband and I went for dinner at Park Cafe, following a recommendation of a friend. What a lovely surprise we had! The restaurant is consisted in a few tables inside an antique store and outside on the little and super cozy garden! Antique objects, budas, shivas, colorful lamps, a big tree with lamps and lights made de scenery special... More 

1 Thank Rba02
Zarathustra_10, Owner at Park Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the visit, your company and the review. Regardless of some of the more hateful reviews that I have received, this restaurant, Park cafe's fantastic clientele and gastronomy give me an enormous amount of pleasure, which I am happy to share with the people -staff, suppliers and customers- who help make the place special. More 

London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

If you were wondering, like I was, why no one has written a review recently, I'm convinced it's because people want to keep Park Cafe to themselves. This is a glorious oasis in the city. I would plan an overnight visit to San Jose just to come here for dinner. The food is amazing the staff are really welcoming and... More 

3 Thank LetItBeReal
Zarathustra_10, Owner at Park Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your visit, it was a pleasure to have you with us at Park Cafe. It's true, we don't get many reviews, as since re-opening in November after our annual travels we have been full most evenings with our regular clientele, people who understandably don't go off and write on TripAdvisor after their tenth visit! Your... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$50
French, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 100 N Rostipollos, La Sabana, San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of San Jose  >  San Jose Metro  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +506 2290 6324
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?