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200m Norte de Bagelmans, Barrio Escalante, San Jose, Costa Rica
+506 281-0541
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Ranked #62 of 285 restaurants in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish, Tapas, International
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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76 reviews from our community

77% Recommend
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Playa Ocotal, Costa Rica
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
16 reviews 16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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100 reviews 100 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Tualatin, Oregon
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

Good food and atmosphere, attentive staff, some nice wines especially from Chile. I enjoyed the calimari.

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