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Calle 9, San Jose 00000, Costa Rica
+506 2221 1369
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good46%
  • Average21%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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Latin, Central American, Costa Rican
Calle 9, San Jose 00000, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Some of the reviews said the staff is rude but the staff that we met is quite nice and friendly. The food is good and the price is reasonable.

Thank Sam C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good quality and simple homemade food. Had a thin steak with caramelized onions, fries, and salad, it was really good. Also had an empanada which I thought was too greasy. Very cheap!

Thank mpasqualin
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this place only about 20 tables,run by two ladies who are great fun. Lots of locals eat there. Food really good and great value.not much English spoken but we got by. Service was really good. Loved all the wood panels and bar. Will definitely...More

Thank Tsturgess
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoyed an empanada and a tropical drink while viewing the busy going ons in the city. It was a good experience.

Thank reesecarp
Reviewed 25 January 2018

I ate three times at Chelles: brunch upon arrival and two late lunches. Generally, it was a very satisfactory experience (I would not have returned otherwise), a bit like dining in a family. Even though the little restaurant is situated in a busy and touristy...More

Thank acorna
Reviewed 17 January 2018 via mobile

Stopped for lunch to eat some local cuisine and grab a beer after the National Museum. Right on the pedestrian avenue. Friendly wait staff and simple food choices. Had the casada, one with bisteak and one with chicken. The grilled chicken was unfortunately a bit...More

Thank Pat C
Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

A really great place to eat. Grilled chicken was amazing. Service was fast and you can see food being cooked. Recommend grilled chicken.

Thank RobSCFC
Reviewed 10 January 2018

Bit of a hole in the wall. They aren't rushing to clean off the tables after diners leave but I loved the authenticity. Extra star for being open late and taking american $ and patiently answering all my dumb questions on how food is prepared.

Thank here&there
Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

Visited here on New Year's Day. Went into the restaurant and was greeted with "Hola Chino." For those of you that don't know, that means, "Hi Chinese." Then when I complained to the boss lady, she smiled and tried to change the topic. Don't support...More

2  Thank Charlie L
Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

This place has been around for over 100 years and so you would expect and get simple but delicious local fare. The Restaraunt is small and can hold 20 in tightly set tables. We had a Casado with beef and one with chicken. All Casadas(...More

Thank Samosababa
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12 April 2017|
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Response from Lara S | Reviewed this property |
The service was perfectly fine.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 10
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle 9, San Jose 00000, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of San Jose  >  San Jose Metro  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +506 2221 1369
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