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300 Meters of West of La Lidia School, San Gerardo de Dota 10980-1000, Costa Rica (Formerly Kahawa)
2740-1081
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good food

We had lunch here. Suprising to not find anyone else here. Food was very tasty ( sandwiches, pasta's and trout dishes). Prices higher than in soda and comidas. Lot's of birds around this place.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 6, 2015
Minke V
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Marrakech, Morocco
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This place is magic! The food is great, the coffee, OMG the coffee!!! The place itself is a little paradise that you may visit at least once a year. The food is great, the service is amazing and while you eat you can hear the river and watch a lot of birds close to your table. They also have an... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Café Kahawa is a very nice restaurant right next to the river. It is all wood, cozy (but kind of cold because it´s completely open, no windows) with a great view. Service is great, employees are very nice and courteous. Food is amazing, everything is fresh and they even grow their own herbs and vegetables in a Greenhouse next door.... More 

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Marrakech, Morocco
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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

We had lunch here. Suprising to not find anyone else here. Food was very tasty ( sandwiches, pasta's and trout dishes). Prices higher than in soda and comidas. Lot's of birds around this place.

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Nestled on top of a small river, you can look out and view the many birds of the region. The food was exceptional, service was great with friendly staff. I ordered a magnificent trout salad, adding mixed greens from their organic, hydroponic garden. The food was phenomenal. After our meal we preceded to venture out in the garden and it... More 

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London
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

lovely place to eat with large decking , terrace, in the middle of nature very close to the river, fish was excellent, shame they don't have beer! they don't sell alcohol

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

As a Costa rican I have to say the place looks pretty upscale (and the prices reflect it) the service was very good and the food I did have was pretty good too. Strolling on the river made my afternoon. I would reccomend but just be mindful is pricey and they are cash-only which i absolutely HATE when it is... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We stopped here after exploring the long, twisty, bumpy downhill road to San Gerardo off the Interamericana, and it was a great respite from the constant state of alert of driving in second gear. Relaxing tables by the stream, the company of hummingbirds just next to us, very pleasant service, and the quality of the food was excellent. We both... More 

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Verona, Italy
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Sitting out on the deck by the river, experiencing so much of the fabulous birdlife that Costa Rica has to offer, was a treat in itself. The local smoked trout for lunch with a chilled glass of wine just added to the experience as well as the excellent and friendly service by Evelyn. It was also helpful that she spoke... More 

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Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

We weren't so happy with the meals at our nearby hotel, arrived here too late the first evening (it closes at 6, last orders a bit earlier), so came here the following 2 nights to eat at 5. It is a lovely wooden building, you can sit out (but have something warm on) or in - nicely furnished. The menu... More 

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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Ate there once. Location was superb, seating was outdoor in the cloud forest overlooking a river. Local dog came to see what we were about. Most of the dishes on the menu feature trout which comes from the river you watch rush by. Service was friendly and quick (though there was no one else there). Food was very reasonably priced,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 300 Meters of West of La Lidia School, San Gerardo de Dota 10980-1000, Costa Rica (Formerly Kahawa)
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of San Jose  >  San Gerardo de Dota
  • Phone Number: 2740-1081

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 20
  • Cuisine: Cafe

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