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Olio

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Mediterranean, Spanish, Tapas, International
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200m Norte de Bagelmans, Barrio Escalante, San Jose, Costa Rica
+506 281-0541
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night

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  • 23
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    Very good
  • 12
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  • 3
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Unique and Very Good

My wife and I have taken many a date night at Olio. The prices are reasonable, the menu is unique, and the food always comes out tasting very good. Our favorite part is when the commuter train rumbles past literally four feet from the building - the entire place shakes a little. The restaurant... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
ThunderRolls2
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San Jose, Costa Rica
Good for:
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
San Jose, Costa Rica
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

My wife and I have taken many a date night at Olio. The prices are reasonable, the menu is unique, and the food always comes out tasting very good. Our favorite part is when the commuter train rumbles past literally four feet from the building - the entire place shakes a little. The restaurant is dark and filled with friends... More 

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Playa Ocotal, Costa Rica
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Recently had the occasion to stay in San Jose twice in the past month, and ate at Olio's both times. There are a lot of restaurants in SJ, but few really good ones. Olio's is for those who want a authentic Italian food prepared with care and well served. If you go there more than once, you are greeted like... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

I have been to Olio's at night, when the rooms are kept very dark and the menu is larger than for lunch time. Nevertheless, I prefer to be here for lunch - the front room is airy and well-lit during the day, service is good and the set menu is good value. Not a bad place for a business lunch,... More 

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Turrialba, Costa Rica
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014 via mobile

Have dined at Olio many times during the past several years. My most recent experience was very bad. Was there around 8PM on Wednesday. Only one other table was occupied. Ordered grilled tuna which was served lukewarm and tasted & smelled awful. Companion ordered French Fries. He received 9 fries and the price was $9. Tuna was $20. The train... More 

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Vienna, Virginia
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132 reviews 132 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

The interior is dark and cozy, and the price you pay is that reading the menu requires night vision goggles. The relaxed ambiance is sometimes rattled by a train that passes right outside the window--but it only happened once during my dinner. I enjoyed a Pasta al Salmon which was pleasantly al dente and with nice, juicy pieces of salmon.... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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53 reviews 53 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

This is a higher quality-than usual spot and very popular with the business lunch crowd (I don't know about dinner). However, the most astounding thing about this restaurant is that it is literally within feet of an active locomotive line. The first time a train passed during my lunch I couldn't believe it. I was seated with my back to... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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63 reviews 63 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

I've been to Olio several times and I always love ordering the Pina Colada con Malibu...for me they are one of the best in San Jose! The menu is pretty extensive so you'll be taking quite some time looking and thinking what to order. I can't recommend one specific dish, because I always order something different, but the food is... More 

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Porto Alegre, RS
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140 reviews 140 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013 via mobile

Good restaurant for lunch. Could be better, maybe offer some different options on the menu (very basic food)

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Santiago, Chile
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52 reviews 52 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

Named Olio, but most of the awnings say Bavaria. Cute little corner restaurant...nice, but not overly fancy. Had the papas bravas -- basically two potatoes cut in wedges and fried, but very good. We were given a wine sample (free) and sat outside. Waiters were not attentive after they brought our meals/drinks out (there was a couple at the table... More 

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Fredericton, Canada
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54 reviews 54 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

I ate here twice, and while I came away satisfied both times, I found the service a bit slow, and the restaurant quite noisy. I was with a party of ten or so both times and I had a very hard time hearing conversation from folks across the table. The menu is varied, and the food was excellent. I had... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 200m Norte de Bagelmans, Barrio Escalante, San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of San Jose  >  San Jose Metro  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +506 281-0541

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Spanish, Tapas, International

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