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La Criollita

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Central American, Costa Rican, Latin
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Avenida 7 | Between Calle 7 and 9, San Jose 10101, Costa Rica
+506 2256 6511
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Today
06:30 - 21:00
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Hours:
Sun 07:00 - 16:00
Mon - Fri 06:30 - 21:00
Sat 06:30 - 17:00
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Duncan BC
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I really enjoyed a recent supper at this downtown diner. The food was indeed typically Costa Rican, although I was pleased to find Chilean wine available by glass or bottle, at a decent price.

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Arkansas
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34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

Rice,beans, salad, grilled chicken and plantains. Yummy. Strawberry milkshake was so good we ordered another. Our waitress was super friendly too.

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Guelph, Canada
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86 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

We stayed at an Airbnb less than a block from this restaurant. On an early Sunday morning, we were the only diners in the place. There was a sufficient variety of options for breakfast at reasonable prices. Our server was bilingual and very accommodating.

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Fayetteville, NC
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

I stopped in with friends for lunch. We sat in the 'outdoor' area (covered). The goal had been to find an inexpensive "tipico" lunch place and we succeeded. One friend had the chicken with rice (pollo y arroz), another the chicken soup and I had a ham sandwich. The pollo y arroz was enough to feed a family - okay,... More 

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Palm Springs, California
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107 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Do not let the exterior fool you this is a great dining experience with a good, varied and wide menu with good service and a nice atmosphere that grows on you. Try it you should like it. I sure did.

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Thank LS M
New York City, New York
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82 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

You would not enter the restaurant by the way it looks like from outside, but it turns out to be hiding a very good restaurant and full bar. Very good local food (pay attention to the daily suggestions), friendly staff (they speak English), easy to make new friends, and very good prices. You would like to visit it again.

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Thank LAschermann
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

Best garlic shrimp and red beans around. I'm from Louisiana and I know red beans. Meet some new friends which made it all the better.

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Thank Allen L
San Jose, California
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38 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

My husband wanted to try this place. The service was fast and the food was so so. The fresh fruit was good though. The eggs were okay compared to other places we ate at that made us eggs. The tables were small and it was a little awkward to eat. I noticed that the tables did not seem to be... More 

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Buffalo Gap, Texas
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

What looks like a seedy part of town turns out to be hiding a great restaurant and bar. Just a couple of blocks from Hotel Santo Tomas. We had the grilled chicken and chicken fajitas and they were both delicious. Don't miss this spot is in the area.

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Panama
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

This restaurant will not disappoint! 3 blocks from Mercado Central and 2 blocks up from the central park puts it near everything that counts in San José. As to the food, my tenderloin was tender and juicy and cooked exactly as I liked it, and my wife's shrimp was perfectly prepared. Both plates were served generously. APPEARANCE: Clean, interesting to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Cuisine
Central American, Costa Rican, Latin
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 16:00
Monday
06:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
06:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
06:30 - 21:00
Thursday
06:30 - 21:00
Friday
06:30 - 21:00
Saturday
06:30 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Avenida 7 | Between Calle 7 and 9, San Jose 10101, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of San Jose  >  San Jose Metro  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +506 2256 6511

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