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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.
$2 - $25
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Italian, Pizza
Seating, Television, Cash Only, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer, Waterfront
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Reviewed 8 December 2020

The place was not too hard to find, and the service was wonderful. You may wish to brush up on your Spanish a bit if you don't speak it too well, but the waitresses are also good at figuring out what you need even with...a language barrier. The menu is also in English and pretty simple, but there are plenty of options. The service was awesome, and the pizza was SO good. We each got our own Medium-sized pizza to take home and it was just as good the next day.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 4 March 2020 via mobile

We came in 2019 and back in 2020. Delicious thin crust pizza and ice cream. The bird show is amazing too.

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 6 January 2020 via mobile

Was such a lovely place. Understood my dietary requirements 💯. The food and the homemade ice cream was amazing. Definitely worth a trip.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 2 January 2020

This absolutely one of the best pizzas I have ever eaten. We also got the homemade ice cream and that was fabulous. I would highly recommend this stop if in the area.

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed 1 January 2020 via mobile

Really cute local spot. Very clean and friendly. Pizza was thin crust and delicious. Eat here and then drive up to the Butterfly Conservatory!

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 11 December 2019

We visited this restaurant twice and they have one of the best pizzas I have every had. Definitely try their mojito and chocolate ice cream!!

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 5 December 2019 via mobile

I met John about 9 years ago. Transplant from California brought his pizza skills. This place is remote and charming. A pizza place in a village of roughly a dozen houses in the shadow of arenal volcano. I love the Hawaiian pizza and ice cold...beer .. and price 😀 Sitting upstairs in the open air, quiet except for tropical birds it's just a very cool stop. You find yourself coming back.. I do Enjoy..More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 16 July 2019

We ate here our first evening in El Castillo. It was recommended to us by the people we rented our home from and I also saw where several others had recommended it so we decided to give it a try. When we arrived someone had...to move a goat out of the way before we could make it up to the parking area. That was a fun and memorable experience. We went inside the restaurant and found that we were the only people there. No other customers were dining when we arrived and nobody else was eating there when we left. The server led us to the upstairs dining room and took our drink order. He was very friendly. We all decided to get our own personal pizza. We could have gotten by with ordering 3 pizza's because we had more than one pizza leftover when we were finished. The pizza is thin crust and they cooked it so that it was pretty crispy. The toppings and the cheese were of high quality and the pizza's were all delicious. We couldn't believe that you could get such a good pizza in a remote little town in the mountains of Costa Rica, but you can. I thought the prices were a little on the high side, but it would not keep me from returning to the restaurant. The remote atmosphere, the delicious food, and the sounds of nature while you are eating make it worth it. I highly recommend that you stop by this place if you are in the mood for pizza while in the Arenal/El Castillo area.More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed 26 June 2019

Incredible, friendly, kind people who offer great service. Although it was pizza and not traditional food we ate, I would say this is certainly my favourite place we ate at in CR. Surrounded by farms and wildlife, our hosts showed us great friendliness and pointed...out the nearby animals and trees. HIGHLY recommend, a must do. The second floor patio is absolutely adorable with beautiful views.More

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed 13 June 2019 via mobile

Drive to get here was a little out-of-the-way but well worth it in the end pizza was delicious customer service was awesome make sure you try their homemade ice cream definitely would love to return!

Date of visit: June 2019
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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.
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1 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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Frequently Asked Questions about Pizza John's Jardin Escondido

Yes, Pizza John's Jardin Escondido offers takeaway services.

Pizza John's Jardin Escondido is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 5