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La Criollita

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Central American, Costa Rican, Latin
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Avenida 7 | Between Calle 7 and 9, San Jose 10101, Costa Rica
+506 2256 6511
06:30 - 21:00
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Sun 07:00 - 16:00
Mon - Fri 06:30 - 21:00
Sat 06:30 - 17:00
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016 via mobile

Parking lot guy recommended. Our first Costa Rican breakfast. Large portions and extremely reasonable prices. Near parque morazon.

Thank jahute
Nashua, New Hampshire
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181 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2016

We ate here several times. The wait staff is very friendly and helpful. The menu is varied, the food is good and reasonably priced.

Thank jam6768_290
Columbus, Ohio
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182 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2016

This was the first food stop in Costa Rica. The front desk at the holiday inn recommended this as well as the lady at Galleria Namu. I had the arroz con pollo, Kathleen had Ceviche. Good food at a good price. There is a small aviary if you sit on the covered patio.

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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2016 via mobile

Boring food without taste. It is quite cheap which may justify the quality. But if you're looking for a good food experience then find another place.

Thank ThomasUc
San Jose, Costa Rica
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016

It was a month ago that my wife and I visited La Criollita for dinner. Before the night was over I told her... "let's come back and have lunch here." We did that today, and my mom tagged along. Many dished to choose from, amply served, good service, nicely decorated with indoor patios, lush ferns and exotic birds, an art... More 

Thank lgomez2012
Miami Beach, Florida
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134 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2016 via mobile

The food was fantastic! I had the criollita rice and it was delicious, if you're in the area I highly recommend it. It was exactly what I look for in "Costa Rican food".

Thank prouss134439
San Diego, CA
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2016

Definitely a locals place, but welcoming to travelers as well. Daily specials are a bargain. Try any of the fruit drinks.

Thank gulliver_sd
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2016

As others have said, we ate here b/c it was close to where we were staying in San Jose and was recommended. The place is decent, great variety of options, large portions, and the server (Maribel) took good care of us attempting to speak English while we attempted to speak our dozen words of Spanish. It was great. She wanted... More 

Thank ScottyS29
Miami, Florida
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143 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2016

This is a reasonably priced restaurant with an extensive menu. I ordered a few times from them to go and also rather enjoyed the food which I purchased. I noticed many families dining here as well.

Thank Charles G
Denver, Colorado
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131 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016

Clean restaurant with excellent service in a somewhat sketchy neighborhood. Portions are huge! I had a chicken dish, which was very good. Would definitively return.

Thank SVC_911

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 30
Central American, Costa Rican, Latin
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 16:00
06:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 17:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?