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La Carreta

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Spanish, Costa Rican
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Next to to the Parking Lot of the Courts | Atenas next to the parking lots of the courts, Atenas, Costa Rica
2446-31-56
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
In Atenas 5 Days Here Twice!

Made 2 stops here while in Atenas, the food was delicious, fresh, well prepared and friendly service! Decent selection of wine, good deserts!

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 12, 2015
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English first
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Made 2 stops here while in Atenas, the food was delicious, fresh, well prepared and friendly service! Decent selection of wine, good deserts!

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Turrúcares, Alajuela, Costa Rica
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

La Carreta is a quaint and cozy restaurant offering typical Costa Rican fare. Really good coffee with foamed milk, fish, chicken and beef house dishes. They also have sandwiches and quesadillas very tasty as well. Great little breakfast/lunch place

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Atenas, Costa Rica
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

A bit eclectic, somewhat limited, never heard of hash browns but we're interested in learning what they were and how to prepare them. It has the second lending library in Atenas.

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Atenas, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Although I often eat at La Carreta to sample their food and their library, I just discovered that during the rainy season a great option is their chicken soup with coco/coconut. That extra ingredient makes this dish especially flavorful.

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Playa Jaco, Costa Rica
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I had a great meal here and also borrowed a book to read from the free lending library. The restaurant is easy to find and has a large and varied menu, everybody at my table enjoyed their meal and we all got plenty of food too.

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Ottawa, Canada
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17 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Three of us made a road trip from Playa Jaco to Atenas to meet a couple of friends for lunch at this place, where they maintain a free lending library. All five of us enjoyed our meals & were satisfied with the prices. The staff is pleasant & the atmosphere is nice. The location is just steps from a large... More 

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Whitehorse, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Great food - but also great books to borrow. I loved the idea of borrowing and returning books at your leisure, especially as I had run out of reading material. The food was amazing - try the comidas typica!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Food was just ok, seafood platter probably not the best dish of the restaurant even though the waitress said it was ! not impressed

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Onalaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We had excellent meals here. Garlic shrimp was the best we had. Drinks were ok. Presentation was wonderful. For dinner our plates were served on a banana leaf.

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Wilsonville, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

The food is good and comes with a smile. We came back several times and borrowed a couple of books from their free library.

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Address: Next to to the Parking Lot of the Courts | Atenas next to the parking lots of the courts, Atenas, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 2446-31-56
Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Atenas
Cuisine: Spanish, Costa Rican

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  • Address: Next to to the Parking Lot of the Courts | Atenas next to the parking lots of the courts, Atenas, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Atenas
  • Phone Number: 2446-31-56

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Spanish, Costa Rican

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