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Nuestra Tierra

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Nuestra Tierra Review

Except for the traffic zipping by on one of San José's busiest thoroughfares—opt for a table on the side facing less busy Calle 15—you might think you're out in the rural Central Valley. Bunches of onions and peppers dangle from the ceiling, recalling a provincial ranch. The generous homemade meals are delicious, and the incredibly friendly waitstaff, who epitomize Costa Rican hospitality and dress in folkloric clothing, prepare your coffee filtered through the traditional cloth chorreador. The place is open 24 hours, just in case gallo pinto pangs hit at 3 am. Some disparage the place as "too touristy." Perhaps it is, but it's also fun.

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  • Address: Avda. 2 and C. 15, Barrio La Soledad, San José, 10104
  • Phone: 2258–6500
  • Location: Downtown
Updated: 02-16-2013

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    Nuestra Tierra Review

    We went as a group of 10 on the first day of what would seem to be a wonderful 1week stay at Costa Rica, after being reccomended for it's mouth savoring typical everyday food. Right from the off, waiters' push you into ordering "group platters", supposedly a better deal. As well as reccomending absolute must try dishes, and drinks. I do admit the service itself was quick, and effecient and the waiter seemed charismatic. Yet, the menus were taken away almost instantaneously not allowing us to view the menu, and its variety of dishes as thoroughly as we wished. The waiter often brought new dishes, we didn't order insisting us try. In the end we spent $262.00 (us dollars) We purchased 1 Pina Colada(4,472), 1 small bowl of rice(895), 3 group platters(25,045 each, total-75,135), 2 cokes(1,199each, total-2,398), 2 punches(10,000each, total-20,0000, 1 beer(1,450). 500colons=$1 or us dollar.
    Waiter-Luis Vargas
    In the end, this is a Tourist Trap. Beware. Please, take this as a warning and do not come here, unless you are looking foward to getting ripped off. Sorry, for the long review.

    by andreakristina7, 6/19/12
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    No prices on menu, then charged $42 for 1.

    The food was very good but overpriced in my opinion. I had a sea bass with a very tasty sauce, veggies, rice-beans, and fried banana's. I liked the fried bananas so much I ordered seconds. I drank bottled water (1). The total was $34. With tip, I paid 22,000 colones. I was told this was a good place to eat a good meal at a reasonable price but hey, this isn't Las Vegas and to me, a good meal should cost more than $20 for 1 in a place like this. (bus street, can smell car exhaust). I'm only writing this because I feel ripped off. By the way, the menu I was given in English didn't have any prices. That's partially my fault for not asking for a menu with prices, as I can figure out that 560 colones is $1. The taxi ride home (10 minute ride) cost me 880 colones and gave the guy 2000 (less than $4). I'm not cheap, I just don't like getting overcharged for being an American. (I speak fluent Spanish by the way).

    by sergiolv, 11/6/08
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    Great value ... a must eat for San Jose

    I've been to Nuestra Tierra on several visits to San Jose and it's always good ... good service, good food, good people watching and great prices.

    by lulutraveler, 10/7/08

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