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Restaurante Colbert

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16 km of Volcan Poas | 400 m este de la gasolinera de Varablanca, Heredia, Costa Rica
+506 2482 2776
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 44
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  • 22
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  • 6
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  • 2
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great French restaurant in very unexpected location

About an hour or so away from the city, this restaurant is a very surprising find. It's run by a very nice French chef who is also an excellent cook. We had paté and duck confit, and they were both delicious. The decoration is beautiful (though you can't tell from its relatively plain external... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
Jorge V
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San Jose, Costa Rica
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Large groups
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78 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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San Jose, Costa Rica
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

About an hour or so away from the city, this restaurant is a very surprising find. It's run by a very nice French chef who is also an excellent cook. We had paté and duck confit, and they were both delicious. The decoration is beautiful (though you can't tell from its relatively plain external appearance) and the presentation of the... More 

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Brooklyn, NY
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

I've eaten here a few times, and never been disappointed. The food is consistently excellent and the Chef/Owner even took pains to prepare a special meal for a family member with particular dietary needs... She said it was her best meal of the trip. I got a few life birds waiting for the food to arrive on my first visit,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Chef Monsieur Colbert is outstanding in his creations of authentic French cuisine. The scallops in the Coquilles St. Jacque are the best in Costa Rica and the Chateaubriand foe two is always done to perfection. A fantastic wine, liquor, and dessert selection make any meal a total delight. On clear days, a fantastic view of the Caribbean slope also awaits... More 

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Barrhead, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Cold and foggy and lost. Happened on this restaurant with grandchildren and family in tow. The food was superb,French cuisine, fresh smoked bacon and ham, pate's and cheese plates to die for, not to mention the fresh French loaf..entrees were superb and the dessert trays a bit of heaven..all a grand experience for us all.

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Uk
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112 reviews 112 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

It was a cold wet and very foggy evening, but the restaurant had been recommended so we braved the awful weather. The dog was more welcoming than the chef/owner, and we were at first the only diners. Inside it felt very cold and we didn't take our coats off......lighting the stove would make a huge difference to the ambiance. We... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Great view, very nice interior, great food. Very accomodating to our rather exacting diet (high fat, very low carb). Wonderful!

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San Jose, Costa Rica
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015 via mobile

We came to Colbert by chance and it turns out the owners used to own a terrific restaurant in San Jose many, many years ago. They still have a wonderful cuisine. We didn't have a single issue with the time because we just wanted to relax and enjoy. Prices: just about right with all higher end restaurants in Costa Rica... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This sunday my husband and I where headed to a typical food restaurant when we passed by Colbert and remembered that years ago we visited and was very good. They continue with the good quality and excellent service. I had scallops and my husband has a tenderloin. They were great!!!!

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quiberon
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4 reviews 4 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We're a French family and decided to have lunch at Colberts on our way back to Alajuela after two fantastic weeks in Costa Rica. We'd read a great review in the French version of Lonely Planet and were looking forward to our last great meal before the trip back home. It was a promising start - roaring fire in the... More 

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joelsuire, Owner at Restaurante Colbert, responded to this review

Dear Trip Advisor user Samwoodman, First of all, Restaurant Colbert would like to thank you for the comment left on Trip Advisor. We take into account all comments (positive and negative) in order to always improve our food, service and atmosphere. We sure remember your visit, on January 2 at our restaurant, we would like to thank you and your... More 

Kelowna, BC, Canada
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We went to Colbert's for dinner one night while staying at the Peace Lodge (under 10 mins away). The food was great and the atmosphere was quite nice as well. We received personalized service from the chef himself and the pastries that were made in house were quite good. Given the limited options in this area of Costa Rica I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 16 km of Volcan Poas | 400 m este de la gasolinera de Varablanca, Heredia, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Heredia  >  Heredia
  • Phone Number: +506 2482 2776

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Doing business, Romantic, Entertaining clients, Large groups

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?