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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, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 92
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 13
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  • 2
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  • 4
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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
Food wass great but atmosphere wasn't.

First off, the atmosphere was very loud, but it may have been an exception. There were two large groups of gringos who were loud, but I doubt if that's the norm. More importantly, my meal was outstanding! The Chilean sea bass was some of the best I've ever had. The service was also outstanding... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
PhilK58
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Ocala, FL
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  • Romantic
  • Doing business
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Ocala, FL
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78 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

First off, the atmosphere was very loud, but it may have been an exception. There were two large groups of gringos who were loud, but I doubt if that's the norm. More importantly, my meal was outstanding! The Chilean sea bass was some of the best I've ever had. The service was also outstanding. The prices are the steep side.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015 via mobile

I have lived in Costa Rica most of my life. For the past 7 years I have been living abroad, but every single time i come back, we have to come here. Amazing service, great food, and consistant quality. Its owner, Bruno, is always there. Making sure everything meets the highest of his expectations. Seriously, if you want quality Italian... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This is a very small restaurant, the food is excellent Whatever you pick is good from pasta to fish The salads Good selection of wines

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Clermont, Florida
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Both the food and staff was very good. My wife and I enjoyed our dining experience at this restaurant. We did order the fried squid as an appetizer,which were only the rings. They were very tasty. I was just expecting to see fresh squid served instead of the rings.

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Hinesburg, Vermont
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 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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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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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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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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Address: 300m norte del ICE | Sabana Norte, San Jose, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 2232 9440
Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of San Jose  >  San Jose Metro  >  San Jose
Average Prices: USD 25
Cuisine: Italian

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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, Doing business

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