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All 84 Alajuela Restaurants

Jalapenos Central

50 Mts South of Post Office, Alajuela, Costa Rica
+506 2430 4027
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Ranked #1 of 84 Restaurants in Alajuela
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $2 - $9
Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Open 7 days a week. Mon- sat 11:30-9:00 pm Sun 11:30-8:00 pm Accept credit cards except American express

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2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

I stopped at Jalapeños on my way back thru San Jose after spending a month in Montezuma. The staff was great and very accommodating to our large group. The chicken quesadilla was terrific as well. If you're in town, stop by and check it out!

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Great Mexican food with good beer and marguiritas. Central location, interesting quirky decor, good service. What's not to like. It was pretty full but got a table ok. Really recommend if you are staying in Alajuela. Just what we needed after travelling from Corcovado.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

I went to Jalepeno's last weekend when I was returning home from a month in Costa Rica. Our group was really excited to find a Mexican place. The staff is very attentive and friendly, the food is outstanding. Norman, the owner, just has it figured out. Thanks for a great experience!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Food was really good. Owner Norman, friendly and welcoming. He is an active vibrant part of the atmosphere. He is always there to help, greet, and serve as well as clean up. The staff is very attentive, and they go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and if you don't know Spanish, will help you decide what... More 

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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This was our first meal after landing in SJO on a Saturday evening. The waiter knew decent English and the restaurant seemed very accommodating to English-speaking foreigners. The food was delicious!

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

There is a reason that Jalapenos gets such good reviews. Sure the food is good, and tastier than general comida tipico in Costa Rica, but the host really makes the place. On our first day in country we were wiped out and hungry. Since we needed nourishment, we visited Jalapenos because of the good reviews and the lack of dinner... More 

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Austin, Texas
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10 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I ate here three times while coming and going through Alajuela. The owner is married to the manager of the hotel I stayed at, and it was a short walk to the restaurant. I'm from Austin, Texas, so I know what really good Tex-Mex food should be. This was different from home food, but quite good. The fajitas were fine,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Went to Jalapeno's for the last family dinner of the trip. The food was excellent and the service was top notch. Met the owner as well. Couldn't have had a better dinner. We will be back!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Our flight got in to SJO around noon and we had planned on driving to Arenal that afternoon. Based on other tripadvisor reviews we decided it would be an easy place to grab lunch so that the kids dont get too hungry on the drive and boy was it a good decision. Getting to the place was fairly easy from... More 

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Stormin' Norman (the owner and head chef/waiter) know his TexMex and El Jalapenos is the ONLY decent taco I've ever found in Central America. Jalapenos also knows the secret to really good, genuine Papas Fritas (French Fries to you Gringos): fresh-sliced potatos, quick-fried in hot clean oil, and served hot out of the pot. Don't foreget Norman's Salsa Picante-it's picante... More 

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Additional Information about Jalapenos Central

Address: 50 Mts South of Post Office, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +506 2430 4027
Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Alajuela
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 2 - 9
Cuisine: Mexican

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