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El Rincon Tico

South American, Costa Rican
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1113 Williamson St, Madison, WI
(608) 852-8326
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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 stars
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We wanted to love the new Costa Rican place on Willy street. We have been to Costa Rica, and we have frequented the semi-overpriced Cafe Costa Rica on South Butler. It just wasn't quite up to par in a very competative Madison restaurant market. El Rincon Tico is located in a transformed house on... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 29, 2011
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

I like this place. My daughter says they have the best rice and beans in town. They have excellent sauces. The open - faced papoosa is good. Service can be slow.

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Madison, WI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

The food at El Rincón Tico is very tasty. The menu looks like pretty standard Mexican fare, but the food is actually Costa Rican, and the blends of spices are a welcome change. I had a popusa, which is a house-made tortilla served open-face with toppings of beans, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, cilantro, and meat or plantain, drizzled with a... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

We wanted to love the new Costa Rican place on Willy street. We have been to Costa Rica, and we have frequented the semi-overpriced Cafe Costa Rica on South Butler. It just wasn't quite up to par in a very competative Madison restaurant market. El Rincon Tico is located in a transformed house on Willy street. There's nothing wrong with... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2011

Went to El Rincon Tico for lunch with a group of colleagues. The place is reminiscent of a "fonda" that you might find in a latin american city. The decor is not fancy. For appetizers, the group split up some empanadas and fried yuca. The empanadas needed some "oomph" provided by some sauce provided in some squeeze bottles. The empanadas... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2011

We went to Rincon Tico excited for the fantastic costa rican food we had heard about from the owner's Mango Man food cart. While none of the food was terrible, it just wasn't good. My partner had fried whole fish, which was nice, but the side of plantains was disappointing. I had a chicken stew, which I really was unimpressed... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1113 Williamson St, Madison, WI
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: (608) 852-8326

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: South American, Costa Rican

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