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Balcon de Cafe

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American, German, International
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Avenida Central, Calle 2 | 50 Meter Westlich des Restaurant Mejor Clima #2, Alajuela, Costa Rica
+506 2446 8592
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8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 72
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
One of the Best Places to Eat in Atenas, Costa Rica

The Balcon del Cafe is a great little restaurant located in the town of Atenas, Costa Rica. They are open six days a week (closed on Sundays) from around 8:OO AM until 6:00PM. Melanie, the owner, and some of the waitresses speak excellent English. The found is outstanding, and very reasonably... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Larry C
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Gleneden Beach, Oregon
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Reservations
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96 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Gleneden Beach, Oregon
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Balcon del Cafe is a great little restaurant located in the town of Atenas, Costa Rica. They are open six days a week (closed on Sundays) from around 8:OO AM until 6:00PM. Melanie, the owner, and some of the waitresses speak excellent English. The found is outstanding, and very reasonably priced. My wife and I have had b breakfasts... More 

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Omaha
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Everything tasted very fresh and well prepared, great presentation, freshly baked bread and buns, super American breakfast!! A very friendly welcoming staff. Only open for lunch and breakfast...one of our favorites in Atenas

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Wilsonville, Oregon
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We were introduced to Balcon de Cafe by our new friends and then came back several times to buy bread and eat their lovely deserts.

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Oakville, Ontario
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30 reviews 30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

While my chicken may have been a touch over cooked, the rest of the meal was very good and enjoyed by all.

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Atenas, Costa Rica
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

First note that the correct name of the restaurant is "El Balcon del Cafe." Hopefully Tripadvisor will correct. I had fish with rice and salad and the best fish thus for in Atenas! Then topped a great meal off with their "apple cake with vanilla ice cream.} It is a German version of apple pie alamode and absolutely wonderful! I... More 

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Atenas
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Melanie has moved El Balcon from downtown Atenas to the main road. She continues to have excellent food, especially German dishes. She and her staff are the friendliest you'll find anywhere. There are lots of reasons for the #1 rating.

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Sequim, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

A nice Euro spin on local dishes - very well prepared, fresh, not overcooked. The desserts were over the top and made in that well loved German style - almost too beautiful to eat, but you are glad you did.

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Ottawa, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

we are tourists and this lovely restaurant was recommended to us by a local---the first day i ordered the quiche and my partner ordered the fish, both were out of this world delicious,we had to return the next day,this time i ordered a cheese sandwich served on a warm rye and onion bun, i've never had such a delicious sandwich,... More 

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Atenas, Costa Rica
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

El Balcon recently relocated to a new location near the Atenas town center. Melanie, the owner, is such a wonderful hostess and the staff are excellent. We had a great lunch meal with a friend from out of town. The new location is very cheery, welcoming and has both indoor and outdoor seating. The food was delicious and prices are... More 

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

I visited this place a couple of times while in Atenas. The owner, Melani, is a joy to be around. The chocolate cake and coffee were fantastic! The bratwurst was pretty good.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Avenida Central, Calle 2 | 50 Meter Westlich des Restaurant Mejor Clima #2, Alajuela, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Alajuela
  • Phone Number: +506 2446 8592

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, German, International
Open Hours
Monday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?