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Restaurant and Cafe Cristina

Coffee Shop, Costa Rican
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in front of the old Catholic church in Tambor, Tambor 506, Costa Rica
506 2683 0028
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Dining options: Dessert
Description: Tasty food prepared with local ingredients. If you don't like it, you...
Tasty food prepared with local ingredients. If you don't like it, you don't pay - that's our guarantee of quality.
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Good for:
Local cuisine

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  • 20
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  • 8
    Very good
  • 1
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  • 2
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Home-cooked meal!

With a friendly family running this quaint little restaurant, we felt right at home eating here. They made accommodations for our vegetarian family, and their daughter hung out with our kids... running around, coloring and playing Uno. Delicious smoothies and dinner made this a lovely evening out!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 12, 2015
RebelPrinceTrys
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Los Angeles, California
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  • Local cuisine
  • Dessert
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31 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Los Angeles, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

With a friendly family running this quaint little restaurant, we felt right at home eating here. They made accommodations for our vegetarian family, and their daughter hung out with our kids... running around, coloring and playing Uno. Delicious smoothies and dinner made this a lovely evening out!

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Upstate New York
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We visited Cristina's twice during our visit, once for lunch and once for dinner. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the service was excellent. The red snapper special was cooked perfectly. Great little place across from the Catholic Church.

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Littleton, Colorado
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We were staying down the road at tango mar and found this place and ended up having several meals there. A huge shrimp or fresh food platter for around 12 dollars. Family owned,fresh food,fresh fish, great chicken,good service. Had our Christmas dinner there. The owner also helped us set up a trip to Tortuga when we were in a bit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

a group of gringo local residents chose christinas for our monthly luncheon this month and we made a great choice . the menu offered plenty of options and the prices aré very reasonable. the fresh fish casado was great. the service was excellent especially considering we were a group of 14. nice outside seating and the friendliest staff around. highly... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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97 reviews 97 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

The family that runs this place is very friendly and the food and wifi are good. Casados are 3500 and fresh fruit batidos are 1000 - 1500 colones. Comfortable terrace with shade. A two minute walk to the beach. Eduardo senior is often happy to engage you in a friendly conversation. Efficient but not rushed service. They often have fresh... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Stayed at Tangor Mar and went to Cristina's for a change. There were five adults in our party and we each ordered something different. Everyone was very pleased with their meal, service and the atmosphere. In fact, we are going back there tonight for Christmas dinner. The food was special but without pretense. It tasted fresh with an obvious bent... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

We visited in December and were welcomed by the owner. The food was fresh, seasonal ( typically fish/ fruits) & delicious; they also make refreshing fruit smoothies/ juice. Whilst waiting we have discovered that they do various tours but we didn't have sufficient time to try it. In addition, they have rooms available just few minutes from Tambor beach. I... More 

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Bern, Switzerland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Me and my wife had the opportunity to eat at Cristina's during our recent trip to Costa Rica and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The staff are friendly and inviting. They are comfortable and conversant in English and Spanish. I enjoyed informative discussions with the host and a member of the adjacent hotel staff in both languages. They went out of... More 

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Eduardo G, Gerente at Restaurant and Cafe Cristina, responded to this review

Thank you very much we really apreciate your comment and we are really happy that you enyoy of the trip we hope you comeback soon . Pura vida More 

Victoria, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

I found the food at Restaurant Christina to be really tasty and unique because the chef combines his vast experience to create new dishes. For example the typical Costa Rica Casado dish came with a great Caribbean style sauce on top of the fish. Luis, the chef, seems to love cooking and certainly enjoys putting the extra touch on his... More 

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Eduardo G, Gerente at Restaurant and Cafe Cristina, responded to this review

Thank you very for your great comment thats very important for us, we hope to see you soon when you are in tambor area and can taste some of the new creative dishes for our chef. Thank you very much More 

Applegate, Oregon
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

I eat a traditional Costa Rican meal of rice and beans with a meat or eggs almost all meals. I had a 'casado' for my evening meal and it was served with a delicately seasoned filet of fish, I think it was Corbina, a sea bass. It was done in a coconut spice and was perfect! Do not miss the... More 

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Eduardo G, Gerente at Restaurant and Cafe Cristina, responded to this review

thank you very much we really appreciate your comment we hope to see you soon in our place More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: in front of the old Catholic church in Tambor, Tambor 506, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Tambor
  • Phone Number: 506 2683 0028

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop, Costa Rican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

Description

Tasty food prepared with local ingredients. If you don't like it, you don't pay - that's our guarantee of quality.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?