The lack of alfresco dining in this tropical city is disappointing, but this café's covered terrace with tables fronting the pedestrian-only Calle 17 is a pleasant exception. The folks here know how to make a great cappuccino. Salads, quiches, and empanadas are specialties. The best bargains are the four rotating platos del día (daily specials), with entrée, salad, and dessert for $10. If you opt for dinner, make it an early one: the café closes at 6 on weeknights.
C. 17, Avdas. 2–4, San José, 10104, Costa Rica
Feb 2, 2008
This place has alterate prices and the taxes doesnt correspond what is legal in Costa Rica. Watch out with this cafe cause you can found inflated prices.... and the service is to slow..... is better if you try another cafeteria in Downtown San Jose
Feb 2, 2008
This café might appear quaint, but the owners are participating in shady pricing. Their menu has two columns: one is without taxes, and one includes sales tax (I.V.I.). I ordered two iced teas, which according to the menu, would run me about c850 each. An average tea in San José costs less than c500, but we were thirsty and decided to bite the overprice bullet. The iced tea we received was simple, but good: a bag of [Lipton?] tea in hot water
mixed with ice. We drank, we got refreshed, we went to pay our bill. The total bill? c2.600 (more than $5)! When I asked the owner why the bill was so high, she wouldn't explain, just demanded that prices did not include taxes or service. Indeed, the taxes ARE included, according to their menus. But even if they weren't, we were charged 35% above the highest menu price. The maximum allowable by law is 13% for taxes and 10% for service, so even if we are to believe that the I.V.I. column were a misprint (it's not), we were still charged 12% more than we should have been. On top of all this, for the second time (we'd been here before), the owner wouldn't give me a receipt because "her machines were down." I only shudder to imagine what the food would cost here. My advice? Stay as far away as you possibly can.