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Donde Carlos

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San Jose, Costa Rica
(506) 225-0819
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 34
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Lovely Place

Love this place. The service is really good and the food is fantastic. If you ever go there, order the 'rollizo'. This beef cut is really the best in the restaurant and is absolutely recommended. It is juicy, flavorful and the best you can request. My only thing is, the bread... sometimes it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Chinayes
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Love this place. The service is really good and the food is fantastic. If you ever go there, order the 'rollizo'. This beef cut is really the best in the restaurant and is absolutely recommended. It is juicy, flavorful and the best you can request. My only thing is, the bread... sometimes it seems like they save the bread that... More 

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Thank Chinayes
San Jose, Costa Rica
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37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

Overall this is a great restaurant. The only issue it has, is the inconsistency on what they serve. You may have a perfect rib eye on monday, and order the exact same plate one day later and find a completely different taste. Location is great.

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Thank Fabrizio B
San Jose, Costa Rica
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

The food is amazing! And if you're not that into meat, there are plenty of other options you can pick from! Great place to go with family, friends or business! And the service is great!

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Thank Nicole0612
Eugene, Oregon, United States
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Great quiet atmosphere, helpful servers. The entrees are plentiful as well as the main dishes and took me a while to go through whole menu. Like a previous reviewer mentioned I highly recommend the meat empanada, they are out of this world. The top sirloin was excellent and a generous proportion. Good offering of vinos argentinos too. I was very... More 

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Thank Sergio C
Costa Rica
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120 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015 via mobile

Great place for lunch! Y frecuently visit for business meals with customers, they offer good services, great carpaccio and great steaks!

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Thank Jlizanox
San Jose, Costa Rica
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

True Argentinian fare, this restaurant is legendary for its steaks, fresh tuna filet and empanadas argentinas (the best to be found in town and which you can order for takeout). This place is run by its owners, and the service is excellent. Located in an old residential neighborhood in San Jose (not downtown), it is a quite, confortable and safe... More 

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Thank Becapas
Chino Hills, California
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Great location, great food, great steaks, good service, a nice location to have a business dinner. Loved all the dishes we had.

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Thank f_sapich
Central Illinois
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109 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Delicious steaks and smooth Argentine wine. The atmosphere was appealing and the restaurant was in a quiet neighborhood.

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1 Thank tbschlat
Tampa, Florida
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Additional charge for bread? is this a joke ? first time it happens in my life ... Never again .....

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2 Thank Frank W
Chicago, Illinois
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98 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Part of the Don Carlos Hotel,,, A nice quiet place,, good food… walk around this place,,, so unusual and historical, lots of old art in a historic building… safe area in Barrio Amon, near the INS Insurance Building. A nice outdoor eating area, covered… Waiters are all seasoned and attentive.. I recommend...

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Thank Robert H

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of San Jose  >  San Jose Metro  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: (506) 225-0819

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 25
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Barbecue, Argentinean, South American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?