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Olio

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

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    Very good
  • 17
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  • 6
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  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Funky little place

Great food & cocktails. Funky interior & funky beats too. Really enjoyed our dinner here & our waiter was very friendly & lovely. We had chicken & mushroom penne pasta, Spanish tapas plate & Alfredo pasta. All of it was nice food & went down very well after a day of exploring. Thank you : )

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 28, 2015
BeeLopez
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London
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

We celebrated a birthday and a farewell at Olio on December 26. We enjoyed the service and the atmosphere. The Menu has a interesting variety of options. My wife and me are Muslims and my brother can not tolerate alcohol, though pork and alcohol were 2 ingredients found in our disches and the menu did not describe either of them.... More 

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Thank Fernando M
London
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38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Great food & cocktails. Funky interior & funky beats too. Really enjoyed our dinner here & our waiter was very friendly & lovely. We had chicken & mushroom penne pasta, Spanish tapas plate & Alfredo pasta. All of it was nice food & went down very well after a day of exploring. Thank you : )

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Thank BeeLopez
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015 via mobile

The Chicken was so dry, the palmito and yuca pie looks and taste awful. First and Last Time!!! And the beverage was so watery no fruit taste. It was off "Carambola '

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Thank Alejandro C
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 via mobile

Very friendly staff, delicious food. We were delighted by the ceviche, salads and red snapper dish. Definitely plan to return when in San Jose again.

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Thank rnelson328
San Jose, Costa Rica
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70 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Olio is an Italian restaurant located at the trendy Escalante neighborhood in San Jose. People respect it because service is attentive and prices are affordable. Nonetheless dishes have already been tweaked to please Costa Rican patrons, which is kind of disappointing. I must say I was not impressed. Nonetheless it is a safe choice.

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Thank Pablo B
Hinsdale, Illinois, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 via mobile

First, San Jose has a very logical, but unique, way of describing addresses. It completely flummoxed both Google and TA. According to TA the only good restaurants were a cab ride away. In fact they were within blocks and the restaurants they did find were far from the locations provided. FIX THIS, TA! Until they do, pay attention to the... More 

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Thank Mary V
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 via mobile

Been here a few times and I always got good service, good food at a good price. It isnthe kind of place that remains consistent through time and caree about their custumers. Highly recommended for a quiet night out with friends, as a couple or even for a quick lunch.

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1 Thank Jack R
San Jose, Costa Rica
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39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 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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1 Thank ThunderRolls2
Playa Ocotal, Costa Rica
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39 restaurant reviews
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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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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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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, International, Spanish

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