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L'Olivo

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300m norte del ICE | Sabana Norte, San Jose, Costa Rica
2232 9440
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Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good tasty fresh Italian food

Arrived at this restaurant at 7pm just as it opened and it was already very busy. The staff are attentive and welcoming and there are plenty of them to ensure minimal waiting times. The Calamari starter was good, the Tortellini was tasty although a little rich. The Carbonara was also very nice... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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54 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Arrived at this restaurant at 7pm just as it opened and it was already very busy. The staff are attentive and welcoming and there are plenty of them to ensure minimal waiting times. The Calamari starter was good, the Tortellini was tasty although a little rich. The Carbonara was also very nice but in my opinion should have had more... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Delicious pastas plus the veal is to die for! Friendly owner and wait staff. A wide selection of wines. A favourite restaurant for locals and tourists -- just arrive, preferably with reservations, after 6:00PM. L'Olivo is within walking distance of Apartotel la Sabana.

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Columbus, OH
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66 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We found this little treasure close to our hotel (apartotel la Sabana). It's an intimate, Italian restaurant with home baked bread of outstanding quality, home made pasta, lovely house wine, and tiramisu to die for. We recommend the sea bass with white wine sauce.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent and unusual pasta dish (a flat pasta with stewed rabbit and mushrooms in a delicious sauce) very attentive service and the beer was very cold.

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Thank Yasmyne L
Kissimmee
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42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We arrived at the restaurant early because we were still on eastern time,while Costa Rica is in the Central zone. Much funnier in the translation than is was at the time. I had spaghetti and it was good. My wife had veal which was either tough or over cooked. I'm told that the beef here is all grass fed and... More 

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Santa Rosa, California
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Front Desk person at our hotel told us they had a rest and when I went to the door, is was locked and very non -descript. Not wanting to take a chance, we took off on foot in the neighborhood looking for a steak house that the cab driver had recommended. No luck, so we resigned ourselves to come... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'll have to agree with most of the other reviews of this restaurant. Excellent Italian food, on point service, cozy atmosphere, and great wine list. I had the beef medallions and the were cooked to perfection and an 02 Brunello de Montalcino that went perfectly with my steak. I will defiantly be returning to try one of their pasta dishes.

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zehutiman
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

I thought the place kind of stood out amongst mediocrity everywhere else. I had a Steak - Marsala dish which was as good as I've had anywhere. It did get a bit noisy due to a large table of guests, but I was content with my wine, bread, and meal. The prices are very reasonable, too.

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122 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015 via mobile

On a recent trip to San Jose I had the opportunity to eat at L'Olivo. On a side street near the National stadium, the restaurant has nice ambience, and very good Italian food. I had ravioli, which was well prepared with wonderful fresh marinara sauce. The wait staff was friendly and attentive. Not quite a 5 star experience - but... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

This small restaurant has the best Italian food I had so far. Been there twice on my stay here, the beef with gorgonzola is rich in flavors and the meat just melts in your mouth. Second time there I had the spaghetti carbonara that was also delicious and very rich. Do not forget to have a glass of red wine... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 300m norte del ICE | Sabana Norte, San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of San Jose  >  San Jose Metro  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: 2232 9440

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?