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El Balcon Del Marisco

$$ - $$$
Seafood, Costa Rican, Latin, International, Central American
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300m Este de Ferreteria Epa Curridabat | 600 Metros Al East de Plaza Del Sol, San Jose 11801, Costa Rica
+506 2280 0095
11:30 - 23:30
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Bellingham, Washington
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 16 January 2017

We used to like this restaurant, but a couple years ago they started serving "corvineta" (i.e. catfish or Pangasius) instead of "corvina" (i.e. seabass or whitefin weakfish). The former is a freshwater fish reared in Southeast Asia that has poor flavor and texture, whereas the latter is a tasty saltwater fish that is traditionally used to make ceviche. Unfortunately, many... More 

Thank Andres Q
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Surf and turf restaurant with good service for small parties. Food was delivered one to two plates at time. The last plate came over 40 minutes late in our party of 8. However the food was good and our waiter was very helpful to find a high chair for our baby.

Thank Excellone1g
Boston, Massachusetts
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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2016

Great local spot right outside San Jose. This is a long standing restaurant with a great following. We had 4 Bocas some wine. Very large place but great service with a good value.

Thank pura1vida
Costa Rica
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2016 via mobile

The shrimp salad was awesome, cooked perfectly. Service was ok, but not great. I'de say this is a great spot for buddies, couples or families. Would I eat there again? Yes the food is ok. This restaurant is in Curridabat, so if you're in San Jose you would have to either drive or take a cab.

Thank Eloim-Ellis
Mexico City, Mexico
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41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2016

Nothing fancy, some distance from my hotel ( we stayed downtown) but you get to see a very local restaurant, good prices - try the lobster!

Thank tampico1
San Diego
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2015

We took a taxi here from our airport hotel, on our last day in Costa Rica. This downtown area is bustling with young folks briskly returning home from the University and bus stops nearby. Situated on a bustling 'walk only' street, it is nice to sit and look out the open air windows and watch the world rush by. By... More 

Thank ChicoBaldo
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2015 via mobile

This restaurant has been around for ages, and for good reason! Delicious food, fair prices! All the locals know about it. Conveniently located Across from the TacoBell and Pequino Mundo. For the wise patron, order from the bocas menú, (the little menu on the table) a tiny bit smaller portions, but you could fool me, and the prices a quite... More 

Thank Kris W
Clovis, California
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478 reviews
236 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2015

Had a business lunch here. On a balcony overlooking the street below made it quite noisy as its open air. Service was rushed and sporadic. Pricing was good, but expect no frills. Had higher expectations upon arrival. Food came out very fast (as it already prepared?) Was very busy with a lot of locals and business people eating so I... More 

Thank TracyH566
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31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2015 via mobile

Best sea food in San Pedro local. The sea food soup is perfect as a starter, then move to the fresh fish. The locals and coworkers recommended this place. During lunch they raffle a table, you could win your table's entire check.

Thank Daniel H
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2015

We went into San Jose specifically to try this oldest restaurant in San Jose and were we pleased. Everything was what it should be -service by Bennett was great, the Cesear Salad was one of the best we have had-food was prepared and presented beautifully.We really wish we had found it earlier in our stay.

Thank Phil S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$39
Seafood, Costa Rican, Latin, International, Central American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 300m Este de Ferreteria Epa Curridabat | 600 Metros Al East de Plaza Del Sol, San Jose 11801, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of San Jose  >  San Jose Metro  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +506 2280 0095
Our variety, freshness and unique and distinctive flavor, make El Balcon del Marisco, is the meeting point for lovers of good food and those who like an original atmosphere to enjoy a moment to remember with family or friends.

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