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Restaurant la Terrasse

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Avenida 9, Calle 15 | 25 metros al sur del Hotel La Amistad, San Jose 100, Costa Rica
+506 8939 8470
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Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions

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  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
A perfect meal, excellent service, classic ambience

We certainly LOVED our evening at the French restaurant, La Terrasse. This restaurant is a little tricky for the taxi drivers to find; it’s in a residential part of San Jose in a private home owned by chef Patricia Richer and her husband Gérald. When our cabbie managed to find it (with the help of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
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Sydney, Australia
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Private Dining
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English first
Sydney, Australia
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195 reviews 195 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We certainly LOVED our evening at the French restaurant, La Terrasse. This restaurant is a little tricky for the taxi drivers to find; it’s in a residential part of San Jose in a private home owned by chef Patricia Richer and her husband Gérald. When our cabbie managed to find it (with the help of our phone GPS), Gérald was... More 

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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I am so glad that I found Restaurant la Terrasse on Tripadvisor. It is once of the best dining experiences of my life, and possibly the best. I enjoyed a very special New Years Eve 2014 dinner with my parents, which we will never forget. Our host and chef Patricia made us feel very welcome, providing an enchanted evening with... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

The chef is excellent, the place is cozy and the service is great. Highly recommended for couples, friends, and business dinners. It is for small groups as the place is small.

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Toronto, Canada
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We searched for this place because of the reviews. After much hiking around,we finally found it. Lovely spot in a house owned by a French couple. We felt lucky to have gotten a reservation! When we arrived, we were the only patrons and were treated very well! I wish I could say the same for the food.... My husband had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015 via mobile

When they say that the French knows and loves how to cook, this is the place that proves it. Every dollar is worth the gastronomic delight of how the food is prepared, served, and savoured. Call and make reservations ahead of time as they only accept 10 patrons at a time. Also, finding this diamond in Otoya is somewhat a... More 

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Los Angeles, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We went here because it was the #1 ranked restaurant in San Jose on Trip Advisor. And the rating was spot on. There were 5 of us. We had 3 delicious appetizers (the pate was esp outstanding); 5 different entrees and each of us thought ours was the best: Scallops, lamb shank, mussels, lamb stew and duck; and 3 desserts.... More 

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Piermont, New Hampshire
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40 reviews 40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Great food, wonderful friendly service, and lovely ambiance. One of those charming old world restaurants where one feels at home. If we had a few more days in San Jose, we would certainly gone back. Bring cash, no credit cards accepted.

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Montreal, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

We went to this restaurant on our first night in Costa Rica and made a reservation for our last night half way through the dinner (because it was so good). The owner are very friendly and they passionate about their work, which is refreshing. The place can be hard to find (as there is no big sign in front of... More 

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Bordeaux, France
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

For my business I have to go every year to Costa Rica ,this give me the opportunity to watch how the restaurants improve -or not. La Terrasse,with is chef Patricia,never desapoints and for years I hope !! The french fine pastry has been nicely extended,same for the range of french wine. Be careful and reserve in advance,this place look quite... More 

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atlanta
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49 reviews 49 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

My wife and I had hoped to try this number one rated restaurant and thoroughly enjoyed it. Though hard to find for tourists, we enjoyed our dinner very much from the salad and entrees to the dessert and great French wine. The owner and his wife were nice hosts though if you don't speak Spanish it might be a challenge.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Avenida 9, Calle 15 | 25 metros al sur del Hotel La Amistad, San Jose 100, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of San Jose  >  San Jose Metro  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +506 8939 8470

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 18 - 35
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions

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