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La Criollita

$$ - $$$Latin, ,
Avenida 7 | Between Calle 7 and 9, San Jose 10101, Costa Rica
+506 2256 6511
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good42%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“chicken soup” (6 reviews)
“sea bass” (10 reviews)
“arroz” (3 reviews)
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Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Avenida 7 | Between Calle 7 and 9, San Jose 10101, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 9 May 2018

We shared a great dinner here! Excellent ceviche and typical Tico food. Very friendly service. EXCELLENT hot sauce (which they sell!!). Would definitely return!

Thank Sandy D
Reviewed 11 March 2018

Arrived late in San Jose and this was one of the only places open that had decent ratings on different sites, like TripAdvisor. The decor was more like a diner, with a used and unmaintained feel. Had a dish consisting of rice mixed with chopped...More

Thank DoctorEagle
Reviewed 8 February 2018

Most of our food was very average. Overall it was probably overpriced considering the food is just average. Don't get the plate Rice with Palm, that was bad.

Thank chekedin
Reviewed 8 February 2018 via mobile

I had the sea bass with seafood sauce, which they claim is their specialty. It was uneatable. The service was excellent, however. My advice? Don’t waste your time or money.

Thank RandyAvl
Reviewed 3 February 2018 via mobile

Really wasn’t expecting much when we walked in off the street. La Criollita has a lcean nice inviting atmosphere with a friendly non-English speaking staff, although we were provided a menu in both Spanish and English The ceviche was definitely worth trying and the jalapeño...More

Thank duckhuntermann
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Reviewed 30 January 2018 via mobile

This was delicious! Very satisfying special lunch! 🐠tasted very fresh and lots of cooked garlic added great flavor.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 26 January 2018

This place says Bar out front but, as you can see from the pictures, looks more like a restaurant inside, and it is. This place is perfect for a quick, good, inexpensive meal if you are staying at the Holiday Inn Aurola; it is just...More

Thank satipatipatti
Reviewed 26 January 2018 via mobile

We had our best San Jose dinner at this restaurant! The chicken with vegetables was outstanding, accompanied by salad, and choice of rice, fries or mashed potatoes. We were pleasantly surprised by the complimentary soup and fresh bread that arrived ahead of the entree. If...More

Thank BBTX60
Reviewed 26 January 2018 via mobile

Downtown San Jose has a lot of dining options in many categories. This place is a rock solid option for fresh ingredients and excellent preparations. Plus the menu is very extensive. The staff speaks good English and is very attentive. You will not leave unsatisfied...More

Thank dreamster
Reviewed 21 January 2018

On recommendation from a local went in for lunch here. No regrets. Very good price and wide choice, big portions. Excellent service. After lunch actually picked up a bottle of wine from cashier which was priced almost one third less than what you pay at...More

Thank SanD1234567
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27 December 2017|
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Response from Wen206 | Reviewed this property |
that's too bad, I was there in May of 2017
Joanie C
22 June 2016|
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Response from jahute | Reviewed this property |
the black dot is way off. it should be located on avenida 1 by parque morazon. i dont know the direction on this map but is just below and to the left of morazon. we ate there last month.
18 April 2016|
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Response from SVC_911 | Reviewed this property |
I don't have a picture either, but this is the description from 10Best, which is very accurate: "The fare is traditional Costa Rican; generous portions of meat, chicken and fish with rice, beans and salad on the side, and... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
6:30 AM - 9:00 PM
6:30 AM - 9:00 PM
6:30 AM - 9:00 PM
6:30 AM - 9:00 PM
6:30 AM - 9:00 PM
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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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