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L'Olivo

300m norte del ICE | Sabana Norte, San Jose, Costa Rica
2232 9440
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Ranked #12 of 296 restaurants in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $25
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Romance, Doing business
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
San Jose, Costa Rica
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We went here and tried five pasta dishes. The gnocchi with four cheese sauce was lovely. We were started out with bread and rolls with parmesan and herbs. It was very classy and true to Italian roots. The pasta was fresh and delicious and the turimusu was also great! Expensive though!

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Highland, New York
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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This restaurant is connected to the Suites Cristina, the hotel I was staying at. Nice homey feel, cozy room. Very good authentic Italian menu. I order their fish of the day , which was a lovely white fish, Corvina cooked in white wine and butter, excellent. My only complaint , was the almost 10.00 charge for a mixed green salad.... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014 via mobile

I have traveled the world seversl times snd have to say that L'Olivo serves the best Italian food I have ever had, including Rome, Florence or other areas of Italy. Thr staff are wonderful, friendly and the speak English. If you are in San Jose, you , must have dinner here.

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014 via mobile

Nice Italian warm restaurant, great service, amazing menu for real Italian food lover. It is not that easy to find good Italian restaurants in Costa Rica, so you want to give it a try to this small but tasty place. Recommended...

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

I enjoyed the setting and the location to my nearby hotel (Apartotel La Sabana). The pasta is made by them and the menu is quite extensive. However, for Central America, I did not expect to pay over $30. Here was the break out of my meal: Insalata Mista about $9. Gnocchi con crema ai 4 formaggi about $12. One glass... More

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Gedinne, Belgium
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70 reviews 70 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

We had booked a table for three persons. Upon arrival at least two tables were free, but we were asked to wait. After about 10 min, we told that we surprised that we had to wait as we had made a reservation; they told us that they have to follow a kind of sequence. After 20 min waiting, the tables... More

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Very good quality food with an extensive menu. The waiter was very friendly and gave some good recommendations!

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

I visit Costa Rica a few times a year and after I found this restaurant two years ago I keep going back every chance I get. I would say it is the best Italian dinner in San Jose. You can’t go wrong with the fresh pastas. Bruno and his staff are excellent. Would recommend.

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White Plains, New York
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51 reviews 51 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

L'Olivo is the restaurant of the hotel where I stayed while getting dental work done in San Jose, and the high quality of the food and service was unexpected. We enjoyed linguine with clam sauce, grilled calamari stuffed with a caper sauce, grilled seabass....all beautifully prepared and delicious. The atmosphere was lively and pleasant, the service excellent and the prices... More

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Zancudo
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

My friend and I ate here together on a short trip to San Jose. I live in the country. The food was outstanding as well as the wine. Our service was very good. There was plenty of wait staff around and you could ask all of them for anything that you needed. I would recommend this place many times over.

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