San Jose Restaurants

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  • 1. Grano de Oro Restaurant

    $$$ | Paseo Colón | Eclectic

    One of the city’s premier lodgings, the Grano de Oro also houses one of San Jose's top dining destinations. The hotel’s splendid restaurant...Read More

  • 2. Jürgen's

    $$$ | Barrio Dent | Eclectic

    A common haunt for políticos, Jürgen's attracts San José's elites, and you'll feel pretty elite too when you dine here. Decorated in gold...Read More

  • 3. Kalú

    $$$ | Barrio Escalante | Eclectic

    Camille Ratton, a longtime fixture on San José's restaurant scene, owns and manages one of the capital's hippest dining spots. The panini and...Read More

  • 4. Le Chandelier

    $$$$ | French

    San José doesn't get classier than this restaurant, where formal service and traditional sauce-heavy French dishes are part of the experience...Read More

  • 5. Tin Jo

    $$$ | Asian

    The colorful dining rooms of this converted house just southeast of downtown evoke Japan, India, China, Indonesia, and Thailand. In the Thai...Read More

  • 6. Alma de Café

    $ | Costa Rican

    Duck into the Teatro Nacional's sumptuous café, off the theater lobby, to sit at a marble table and sip a hazelnut mocha beneath frescoed ceilings...Read More

  • 7. Café de la Posada

    $ | Café

    The lack of alfresco dining in this tropical city is disappointing, but this café's covered terrace with tables fronting the pedestrian-only...Read More

  • 8. Café Mundo

    $$ | Barrio Otoya | Café

    You could easily walk by this corner restaurant without noticing its tiny sign behind the foliage. The upstairs café serves meals on a porch...Read More

  • 9. Chelles

    $ | Costa Rican

    Part bar, part soda , this downtown San José institution has been dishing up tasty, filling, and huge portions of típico food for a century...Read More

  • 10. Don Wang

    $$ | Chinese

    In a country where "Chinese cuisine" often means rice and vegetables bearing a suspicious resemblance to gallo pinto (the typical Costa Rican...Read More

  • 11. Giacomín

    $ | Los Yoses

    We have to admit that Costa Rican baked goods tend toward the dry-as-dust end of the spectrum. But Italian-style bakery Giacomín, near the University...Read More

  • 12. L'Olivo

    $$$ | Paseo Colón | Italian

    The same owners behind the west-side lodging Suites Cristina also operate this little bit of Tuscany a few blocks north of La Sabana Park. The...Read More

  • 13. La Criollita

    $ | Costa Rican

    Kick off your day with breakfast here. Mornings are the perfect time to snag one of the precious tables in the back garden, an unexpected refuge...Read More

  • 14. La Terrasse

    $$$ | Barrio Otoya | French

    The main-course offerings at this cozy restaurant rotate, but might include a blanquette de veau (veal ragout) or a daube provençale (a...Read More

  • 15. La Trattoria

    $$ | Barrio Dent | Italian

    The green and gold here might make a Green Bay Packers fan feel right at home, but it's the excellent, reasonably priced homemade pastas that...Read More

  • 16. Lubnan

    $$ | Paseo Colón | Middle Eastern

    Negotiate the quirky wrought-iron-and-burlap revolving door at the entrance and you've made it into one of San José's few Middle Eastern restaurants...Read More

  • 17. Machu Picchu

    $$ | Paseo Colón | Peruvian

    A few travel posters and a net holding crab and lobster shells are the only props used to evoke Peru, but no matter: the food is anything but...Read More

  • 18. Mantras Veggie Café

    $ | Barrio Escalante | Vegetarian

    This newest entry in the San José veggie-dining scene is more homey and less institutional than its competitors, and it's become all the rage...Read More

  • 19. Nuestra Tierra

    $ | Costa Rican

    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...Read More

  • 20. Olio

    $$ | Barrio Escalante | Mediterranean

    Although this combination pub and restaurant serves the full contingent of Mediterranean cuisine, it's best for drinks and Spanish-style tapas...Read More

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