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Chelles

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Latin, Central American, Costa Rican
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Calle 9, San Jose 00000, Costa Rica
+506 2221 1369
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a hidden gem in San Jose. It is a local restaurant serving typical tico food in the centre of town at a very reasonable price. We opted for casados (chicken and beef) and they were really good. It is served as a set meal for lunch at around £5 per person including drink and it was very nice.... More 

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New York
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Frozen in time, 100 year old eatery. Popular among locals and visitors. Basic local food and drinks. Will try the coffee and tres leche next time.

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Thank Sanjay M
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

this over 100 year old eatery is a pit stop for all. The food is typical American fare mixed with local favorites. You feel like you are taken back in time here, as the decor has probably not changed in 50 years, but that is part of the charm. Not a great value, but good food served properly. Seems like... More 

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Thank romero714
Germany
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner at Chelles and enjoyed it. Its not too much on the menu, but you can get Costa Rican basics at reasonable prices - and most of all tasty! I liked the house salsa picante which is on each table and my girlfriend also enjoyed to juices. I can doubtfree recommend Chelles.

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Thank Worldpacker77
The Woodlands, Texas
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 19 March 2017

Started off well, food was decent, service was good till about 9pm when possibly locals arrived. Had finished dinner and was planning on dessert and another drink and after catching my servers attention not once, twice, or even three times just went straight for the bill request so we could leave. Wouldn't have minded so much if she was crazy... More 

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Thank Mark M
Burr
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5 reviews
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Great location right on the pedestrian street. We had great service. Enjoyed their rib meal which includes yucca and salad. They have great condiments on the table and we purchased a bottle of their chelles salsa. And it wasn't expensive.

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Thank Marie S
Shenzhen, China
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

The food is ok, not bad but also not super good. Just average. I ordered beef+fries and flan. The flan is a quite big piece, hard to finish by myself. The service is quite good though, different from some of the comments.

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Thank hxy41
Ottawa, Canada
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27 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Had a quick lunch of rice and chicken. It was tasty and served with salad and rice for a reasonable price. Interesting establishment as it is over 100 years old.

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Thank gwoodsgang
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30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

Everywhere else we went to in Costa Rica, people were friendly and welcoming. Our waitress obviously had no interest in dealing with tourists. She didn't do much to hide her contempt and seemed to go out of her way to ignore us. I've never seen someone put so much effort into NOT doing their job well. After waiting for about... More 

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Thank Kevin R
Victoria, Canada
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7 reviews
Reviewed 26 February 2017

I read great reviews from here so we gave it a try. I ordered eggs and tomato, with beans and rice...what I received looked and tasted like regurgitated eggs and tomato. My boyfriend got a sandwich and he had no complaints. Aside from the food, the service was very poor. There were multiple servers and all of them basically ignored... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 10
Cuisine
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?