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Cafe Mundo

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Calle 15 y Avenida 9 | 200m este y 100m norte del INS, San Jose, Costa Rica
2222-6190
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11:00 am - 10:30 am
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:30 am
Fri 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sat 5:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 194
    Excellent
  • 152
    Very good
  • 59
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Candle lit dinner

This hidden restaurant offers great food and ambiance. The service is fine and the outdoor 'garden like' area looks beautiful at night.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
Jimena G
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

This hidden restaurant offers great food and ambiance. The service is fine and the outdoor 'garden like' area looks beautiful at night.

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Costa Rica
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Dining is indoor/outdoor in a beautiful setting. The restaurant is tucked away, but worth the effort. Good menu selections and good service. My husband and I enjoy this little jewel a lot!

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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46 reviews 46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

This restaurant is located in Barrio Amon, behind the INS headquarters (the INS is a a government insurance company). It is located in a historical building shaded by large trees. That day my wife, a friend from France and I ordered chicken rice. Did not sound like much but every ingredient was cooked to perfection. Even the olive oil was... More 

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Los Angeles
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

After much hype and anticipation we decided to have dinner at Cafe Mundo. In sum, the service was excellent but the food did not live up to all they lip smacking hype. I had the chicken in wine sauce. Passable. I also tried the seafood scampi. Also passable. For an appetizer we tried the egg rolls. My company loved them.... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

The staff was very couteous. We enjoyed the atmosphere. Pricing was good. My chicken was average. My husband's fish was not good at all.

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Toronto, Canada
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106 reviews 106 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Great restaurant in the heart of San Jose, offering authentic Tico dishes, freshly made and tasty. Enjoy "home style" cooking at its finest, yet with a very affordable price tag. It's definitely a family friendly place, but also good for couples or friends. Try the Plato del Dia!

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

The restaurant is hidden away but worth the effort to find. We had a very enjoyable lunch at Cafe Mundo. Food was excellent. Service could have been a bit faster but all in all a very enjoyable experience.

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54 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Deligntful lunch experience on a lush patio. This is an oasis almost in the heart of the city. Good variety of types of meals. Nice sized portions. Pleasant service. I hadn't been here for many years since I don't tend to eat lunch downtown. I'm glad that I returned and will do so more often now. It is actually a... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

This restarant was close to our hotel in San Jose and so we went there for dinner. The food was good as was the drink. As far as food goes there was calamari which I had. The wine list was extensive. The downside was that the waiters and the cashier got the bills mixed up!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

We had been to Café Mundo once before, probably 9 years ago, and recalled having a good meal then. This trip, our hotel had recommended a place over on Avenida Segunda that really looked kind of like a tourist trap, so we decided to walk over and see if Café Mundo was still in operation. We were glad to see... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Calle 15 y Avenida 9 | 200m este y 100m norte del INS, San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of San Jose  >  San Jose Metro  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: 2222-6190

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 100 - 400

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Doing business, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 10:30 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:30 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:30 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:30 am
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 am - 12:00 pm

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