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Restaurant and Cafe Cristina

Costa Rican, Seafood, South American, Central American
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in front of the old Catholic church in Tambor, Tambor 60111, Costa Rica
+506 2683 0028
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Cranleigh, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate here twice during our recent stay in Tambor over the Xmas period. The red snapper (either whole or as a fillet) was the best fish meal we had during our holiday and the shrimp with patacones is to be highly recommended. Everett and Stephanie made us extremely welcome and were pleased to cater to any preferences. Those of... More 

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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We turned up on spec one evening and thought maybe the restaurant was closed, as there were no other diners....next surprise, the man I addressed in my carefully-rehearsed Spanish, was definitely struggling to understand me.... of course, he is a newly-arrived Canadian! But what he lacks in knowledge of Spanish he more than compensates for with his culinary abiities. He... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a refreshing dining experience and without a doubt the freshest and best cooked food we had in the area. There was no menu - instead, Everett (the new Canadian chef) asked us to choose from fresh prawns, red snapper or chicken and how we would like them cooked. Best prawns I have had, ever. Fresh, tender and meaty.... More 

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St. Paul
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

I brought my family here for a wonderful meal. I loved the Grilled Chicken sandwich. Soo tasty The guacamole and patacones are out of this world. Best I have ever had!! You need to try out this quaint restaurant by the beach. Brand new to Cristina's is a super talented Canadian Chef. So friendly and helpful with choosing menu items.... More 

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Thank 936deenas
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5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

My two kids, hubby and I ate here yesterday. We were greeted warmly and introduced to the new chef. A lovely little family run hotel and restaurant, they just brought in a Canadian chef for the upcoming season. The restaurant is quaint, clean and close to the beach. The food is home cooked and although they offer a Casado, also... More 

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Alberta, Canada
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8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016 via mobile

Had an opportunity to eat here 2x on our most recent visit to the Tambor area. Cafe Christina delivered authentic food at reasonable pricing. Having limited Spanish didn't matter as the waiter was more than patient in helping us select items from the menu. Not incredibly varied fare but tasty and fresh. From the shrimp and rice to chicken and... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2015 via mobile

Great way to avoid airport food - fresh ingredients and welcoming atmosphere. Grab that last bit of Costa Rican beans & rice for the trip home

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BC Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2015 via mobile

A great place to stop on the way to and from the airport. Some if the tastiest food we had here in CR, able to accommodate our various dietary restrictions, and the pleasant owner speaks english. Great family restaurant for everyone!

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Lyon, France
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015

Not that it was the food was bad but we were served 3 fishes coming directly from the freezer. I would expect to be told at the beginning that it was not a fish of the day. Friendly people otherwise.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2015

With a friendly family running this quaint little restaurant, we felt right at home eating here. They made accommodations for our vegetarian family, and their daughter hung out with our kids... running around, coloring and playing Uno. Delicious smoothies and dinner made this a lovely evening out!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Costa Rican, Seafood, South American, Central American
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: in front of the old Catholic church in Tambor, Tambor 60111, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Tambor
  • Phone Number: +506 2683 0028
Description
Tasty food prepared with local ingredients. If you don't like it, you don't pay - that's our guarantee of quality.

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