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Santa Teresa | 200 mts norte del Supermercado La Hacienda, Santa Teresa 60111, Costa Rica
0050626400433
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6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Al chile viola offers a great collection of incredible italian dishes...
Al chile viola offers a great collection of incredible italian dishes prepared carefully by our italian chef Emiliano and served by his wife Luz.
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  • 114
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Delicisioso and simply the best!

One of the best italian food I had.. And leaving in Switzerland I was surprised that I have to find a gem like this in Costa Rica! The Chef is Italian and prepares amazing home made pasta. Do not miss the Bull balls ravioli with creamy prosciutto sauce et the tuna carpaccio! We also had a passion... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
1st_kensington
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Switzerland
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Good for:
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Switzerland
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

One of the best italian food I had.. And leaving in Switzerland I was surprised that I have to find a gem like this in Costa Rica! The Chef is Italian and prepares amazing home made pasta. Do not miss the Bull balls ravioli with creamy prosciutto sauce et the tuna carpaccio! We also had a passion fruit margarita which... More 

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Boston
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

i have visited Al Chile Viola twice, once alone in July 2014, and most recently with my husband in February. On both visits the food, the service, and the atmosphere were quite memorable. I love the eclectic decor, with cushioned benches and beaded lamps. It makes for a cozy setting. The food is incredible...pasta perfectly Al dente, and sauces to... More 

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Whitby, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I'm told the chef/owner here is Italian an the food certainly shows it. Handmade pasta here is great. I had the carbonara and although it isn't the best I've ever had, it was still very authentic and tasted fantastic. My wife had tagliatelle with tomatoe and basil and she loved it (and she is half Italian so she knows a... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Cozy little place with live music, it filled up pretty fast. Service was great, very attentive. The octopus was amazing! Highly recommend starting off with that if available.

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San Mateo, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

The lasagna was so freaking good - and that's coming from my Italian girlfriend! The "bull balls" ravioli was a true novelty, but a bit salty for my taste. An acoustic guitarist provided the perfect ambiance to complement the rustic elegance of the candlelit outdoor seating.

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San Francisco, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Just a fantastic meal all around. The staff was friendly and helpful, the wine they recommended was spot on, the homemade pasta was a huge hit with the kids and our tuna and pork ribs were top notch. I also LOVED the portobello mushroom tartare...such an interesting twist on a tartare. easily a 5 star meal!

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Halifax, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

We had the pleasure of eating here on our last visit to Mal Pais and were eager to go back again. The drinks were delicious and the two guitar players set a wonderful mood for the evening. The food (shrimp pasta for myself and a rib special for my husband) were cooked to perfection and were presented beautifully. Our sever... More 

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San Francisco, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
198 helpful votes 198 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We had a very nice dinner here. It was nice to go to an Italian restaurant that offered gluten free pasta as well as many gluten free appetizers and main courses. The ceviche and tuna tartare were fresh and flavorful. My main dish of grilled octopus and roasted pumpkin was both different and delicious. We had a reasonably priced Malbec... More 

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New York City, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We stayed right across the street in Mariposa Vacation Homes (also highly recommended!) and Al Chile Viola was recommended to us by our local concierge. Hands down my favorite part of this restaurant was the service. If you get there early enough (around 6) you essentially have the place to yourself. It is a quaint little local spot, with the... More 

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Toronto
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57 reviews 57 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

there are a many great restaurants in Santa Teresa tucked around the sides of the road, and this one is the best Italian we had in Costa Rica. Amazing food, great atmosphere and service.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Santa Teresa | 200 mts norte del Supermercado La Hacienda, Santa Teresa 60111, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Santa Teresa
  • Phone Number: 0050626400433

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 40
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Description

Al chile viola offers a great collection of incredible italian dishes prepared carefully by our italian chef Emiliano and served by his wife Luz.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?