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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: Late Night, Reservations

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  • 88
    Excellent
  • 39
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 2
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  • 4
    Terrible
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
Great food and great service.

Food was superb, service by Danny was exceptional. Try the Tortellini in Cream Sauce, and the Seafood Ceviche.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
troyfox
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Surprise, Arizona
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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146 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Hinesburg, Vermont
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

I ate one meal at L'Olivo while I stayed at Suites Cristina. I'm a solo traveler, and was seated in a comfortable corner table. I had the gnocchi pesto, which was very good: whoever made the pesto knew what he was doing. There was bread but no accompanying salad. Just seemed way overpriced to me.

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Surprise, Arizona
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Food was superb, service by Danny was exceptional. Try the Tortellini in Cream Sauce, and the Seafood Ceviche.

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Durham, Connecticut
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

The food was outstanding, the portions were decent but not excessive, and the waitstaff was wonderful. High-quality Italian food. Kids' Menu available with comparable items for less. Excellent wine list. Casual and elegant all at the same time. Great for a family meal or a romantic date.

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Merritt Island, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This restaurant was recommended by a local. Truly fresh food, cute atmosphere with few tables, tranquil. Reservations are required (or better yet - expected), but we were lucky to just go in and get a table. Prices are a bit steep considering this is still Costa Rica, but, compared to other dining experiences in the city of San Jose, it... More 

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San José, San Jose, Costa Rica
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Full house on Sunday. Good food, good atmosphere. On the cool side of the tracks (actually 2 meters from the tracks). The place to be on a weekend!

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Dallas, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Returned to this restaurant for the 4th time (various trips) and the food is still great. Was disappointed that one of menu items we wanted was not available however the servers and service was great. We were remembered and that was nice.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 via mobile

I am not a picky person at all but this place missed the mark. The food is delicious no doubt. I had the sea bass and some pasta. No veggies were added for some reason. The bread was good but no butter and the oil was salad dressing oil. The waiter was put off by us the whole time. We... More 

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Laguna Beach, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We stayed in the adjoining hotel on our last day in Costa Rica and had the opportunity to eat at this amazing little gem of a restaurant. Surrounded by people speaking many languages, we really felt that it had an international appeal. My salmon stuffed ravioli with a vodka tomato sauce was incredible. The veal scallopini was also delicious. It... More 

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Santa Ana, Costa Rica
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

i have come here maybe 10 times + and everytime i am completely satisfied. the fried shrimp is awesome and i had the veal Marsala which was great also.. it is crowded,but well worth the wait if you have to wait for a table.. i been everywhere in cr and this place is tops on my list

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Dominical, Costa Rica
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

After hearing good things about L'Olivo I decided to go expecting an exceptional experience. On my first visit I was certainly charmed by the atmosphere of the small 14 table restaurant. To start with the service was slow even though the restaurant was full there are only 14 tables and I counted 5 wait staff. I had to ask for... 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 0 - 25
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Romantic

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