We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Soda Isma

Caribbean, Central American, Latin, Spanish, South American, Costa Rican
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Main Drag next to Backpackers, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 1234, Costa Rica
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / PAYBACK
75

17 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 11: English reviews
Texas
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017

You order, she cooks. A little bit of grandma and a solid authentic meal. We were the only ones there but that meant she catered to us.

Helpful?
Thank xoxoxtc
Konstanz, Germany
Level Contributor
15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2016

I went here with a group of 6 friends and we had a blast. Isma cooks delicious..heavenly food and the price is super cheap for the big portions you get. The fruit juices are delicious also!! I highly recommend this place if you want to get a real caribbean meal :) Hope to come back here soon!

Helpful?
1 Thank sfj87
Newquay, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2015

Stumbled across Soda Isma as we were starving and it was empty and the first soda in our paths and I was extremely surprised to have one of the tastiest, if not the tastiest chicken dish of my life. Simple Chicken, rice and beans in Caribbean sauce for $6 and it was delicious. The lovely woman who owns the place... More 

Helpful?
Thank Max_Hepworth
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 18 January 2015

I heard about this place from a local vendor when I asked about getting a fresh seafood dish. I went that night to Soda Isma to order the Rondon, a spicy seafood dish. Unfortunately, because it is such a small operation, they can't keep the ingredients on hand because they will spoil. I was instructed to return the next day... More 

Helpful?
Thank Timothy K
Tampa, Florida
Level Contributor
626 reviews
225 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 471 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2014

Good ole down home Caribbean cooking located on the main street in Puerto Viejo. You may walk right on by because you will think it is an old house but is Soda Isma, a privately owned house restaurant that offer service like visiting a friend or family. Mama will go into the kitchen and whip up a nice plate of... More 

Helpful?
Thank Easylivingtravel
Helsinki, Finland
Level Contributor
78 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2014

Old granny cooking, kids running around, food is good and place looks great. Go and visit to see kitchen. It is same time they home.

Helpful?
Thank LeeKasemets
Newport Beach, California
Level Contributor
135 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2013

Cute place but food is just ok. Had Red Snapper Casado, the rice & beans were just ok. The fish was covered in a garlic based sauce, normally I would love, but it was a bland sauce. The meal was right around $8, which is the going rate for all Soda's across Costa Rica. I recommend that if you are... More 

Helpful?
Thank JackieNewportBeach
Brooklyn, New York
Level Contributor
24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 July 2013

We had this food on our first night in town after almost 24 hours of travel and it was just what we needed. Chicken with rice and beans was really delicious. Bring small bills though, we had to overpay because they couldn't make change,.

Helpful?
Thank cescabobesca
Montreal, Canada
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 September 2012

Very nice restaurant located on the main in Puerto viejo, very affordable usually opened on afternoon/evenings. Nice rice and beans and jerk chicken,Owned by a fmaily from PViejo. Authentic caribbean food,good service I went severals times and will go back again soon

Helpful?
Thank marie l
1 review
Reviewed 10 March 2012

I am back in Chicago now but my mouth waters for Isma's Caribbean style beans and rice, jerk chicken and sweet plantains. I definitely recommend making a stop here during your stay in Puerto Viejo. You won't go wrong, and your pocketbook will thank you. Stop by and let Isma serve you her tried and true Caribbean style cuisine. You'll... More 

Helpful?
Thank Jennyfromchicago

Travellers who viewed Soda Isma also viewed

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Province of Limon
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Province of Limon
 
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Province of Limon
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Province of Limon
 

Been to Soda Isma? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / PAYBACK
75
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 10
Cuisine
Caribbean, Central American, Latin, Spanish, South American, Costa Rican
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Drag next to Backpackers, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 1234, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Limon  >  Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Description
Good typical soda, great value

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Soda Isma staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?