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Jalapenos Central

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Mts South of Post Office 50, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
+506 2430 4027
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11:30 - 21:00
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 - 20:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 21:00
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 January 2016 via mobile

We tried fried plantains as a starter. Then we had a burrito and tacos. All dishes are absolutely tasty. This was our first dinner during our holidays in Costa Rica and was perfect after the long flight from Europe. The atmosphere is relaxed, the staff is thoughtful and quick.

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Thank Timo G
Frankfurt, Germany
1 review
Reviewed 6 January 2016 via mobile

We had a starter (fried plantains) and two main dishes (burrito with beef and tacos with vegetables and beef). Everything was great! Besides that,we could experience the good Costa Rican beers Imperial and Bavaria Negra. Jalapeños Central is a really nice place to hang out and enjoy tasty Mexican food in the old town of Alajuela.

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Thank FabianDerEntdecker
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 29 December 2015 via mobile

Searching for a spot for lunch and thank you TripAdvisor for helping us find the best Mexican food I have eaten anywhere. A small spot in the centre of Alajuela with great friendly service. A must visit if you are in the area.

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Thank MJH3103
Sunnyvale, California
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2015

Ran into this place by accident. I was lost in Alajuela and was searching my way back to the hostel and I ran into this restaurant. Decided to give it a try since it looked well lit up and there were quite a few people in it. It did not disappoint at all. Starting from the ambience to the service.... More 

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Thank Hemil K
Eislingen, Germany
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101 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2015 via mobile

Turned out we ate the best food on our last evening of our 3 week Costa Rica trip. Excellent quality, very nice staff, lovely atmosphere. Did i mention it was also the least expensive meal?? We paid 25 $ for 2 big burritos, 2 drinks, 1 margharita and one chocolate mousse. Awesome evening!

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Thank SebastianHafner
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2015

This little place was recommended by our hotel. The food is excellent, with good sized portions and reasonable prices. Really friendly atmosphere and busy with both locals and tourists.

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Thank sk1232015
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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42 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 December 2015 via mobile

Yummy Mexican food. Cute ambience overlooking the street. Attentive service. The restaurant had quite a few people in it which is a mark of a popular place. Decent portions. Excellent dessert & strong margaritas!

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Thank laurathelawyer
Alpharetta, Georgia
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2015

Went here based on TA reviews. Everything was pretty much as described in all the other reviews. Fresh tasting Tex-Mex food with a slight CR twist . Norman was there. Staff broke in to a sing along just as I was saying "I guess they are not doing that today. Very small cafe. Don't expect much ambiance.

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Thank SaratVemuri
Santa Gertrudis Norte, Alajuela, Costa Rica
1 review
Reviewed 1 December 2015

They have a great texmex type menu and everything I have had was wonderful. It is a favorite lunch stop for many Expats in Costa Rica and the owner Norman always welcomes you in a way that makes you feel like his favorite customer.

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Thank Susan A
Esparza, Costa Rica
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36 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2015 via mobile

This restaurant was recommended by a friend, so glad we found out. We spent 13 years in Texas and love good food. This place is awesome.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$ 2 - US$ 9
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 20:00
Monday
11:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 21:00
Thursday
11:30 - 21:00
Friday
11:30 - 21:00
Saturday
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mts South of Post Office 50, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Alajuela
  • Phone Number: +506 2430 4027
Description
Open 7 days a week. Mon- sat 11:30-9:00 pm Sun 11:30-8:00 pm Accept credit cards except American express

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