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Tree House Restaurante & Cafe

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Costa Rican, Peruvian, Café, Sandwiches
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Main Road, in front of the Catholic Church, Santa Elena, Costa Rica
+506 2645 5751
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: At the Tree House we offer a unique ambiance, we have a huge ficus tree in...
At the Tree House we offer a unique ambiance, we have a huge ficus tree in the middle of the restaurant.Our menu has many options, from snacks, beer and cocktails to a complete diner with a great wine.Our coffee is very special, one the best coffees in Costa Rica, we roast it ourselves and have 4 great Baristas who will make a perfect coffee, you will get incredible latte art! Our staff is very friendly. We really care about customers, so if you have any issues at the restaurant please work it out with us and we promise we will give you a satisfying solution! Thanks!
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Good for:
Families with children
Outdoor seating
Entertaining clients

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Original setting but still a tourist trap!

The setting of the restaurant in a tree is really nice and fun to see. But the staff not so friendly and the food has nothing exceptional except being overpriced when you compare it to the rest of the costa rica restaurant I've been.

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
Émilie C
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Outdoor seating
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

The setting of the restaurant in a tree is really nice and fun to see. But the staff not so friendly and the food has nothing exceptional except being overpriced when you compare it to the rest of the costa rica restaurant I've been.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

This is an okay restaurant, the best thing is the live music. The food is good but I think that it´s a bit overpriced. Overall it´s okay.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Tree house clever. Varied menu. We had a seafood pizza which was good. Place appeals to young travelers with umbrella drinks staring into their smart phones.

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Orlando, Florida
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60 reviews 60 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

It is a very fun place to be sitting under the tree on the second level. There were four of us and everything we tried was good. The fruit smoothies were amazing I liked the passion fruit best but mango was very good also. They had good selections of food, nice variety. Some things were large portions other were smaller.... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Food was good. Smoothies were good. We got the nachos and a pizza. The view is of the town. You are eating in a tree.

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Seabeck, Washington, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

The drinks were great, they are known for their steaks, and my husband loved his! The sea bass was over cooked, and you definitely pay for the novelty of the place, but it is a really cool venue and right in the heart of the tourist area, very walkable from most hotels.

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carson city
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

We never had a bad meal 2 weeks in Costa Rica. This place is reasonably priced, we got competent and quick enough service, there is a good range of choices on the menu, decent wines by the glass and the Tree is really a marvel, right in the middle of the busiest block in town is this enormous tree with... More 

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Surrey, England
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46 reviews 46 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

We were travelling around Costa Rica and this bar/bistro was recommended by our local guide. The food was simple, but tasty. It's not cheap, but the setting makes up for it - at the top of a tree, set within the branches. For a small dish and a soft drink, allow $10 or ¢5000 per head. Definitely worth a visit... More 

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Denver, Indiana
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109 reviews 109 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

This unique restaurant is located in and amongst the branches of a large tree. The service was prompt and the food was good. I had a casado, a typical Costa Rican meal. It was served with white rice versus the traditional black beans with rice. The fish was delicious!

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6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Like most of the food in the area, it was just ok. I suppose this was great for the area but coming from New York, our expectations were quite high. Food was decent, price was high for what we were served. Nearly $100 USD for a meal for three and a few drinks. Not exactly cheap and it is a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Main Road, in front of the Catholic Church, Santa Elena, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Monteverde  >  Santa Elena
  • Phone Number: +506 2645 5751

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 20
  • Cuisine: Costa Rican, Peruvian, Café, Sandwiches

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating, Entertaining clients

Description

At the Tree House we offer a unique ambiance, we have a huge ficus tree in the middle of the restaurant.Our menu has many options, from snacks, beer and cocktails to a complete diner with a great wine.Our coffee is very special, one the best coffees in Costa Rica, we roast it ourselves and have 4 great Baristas who will make a perfect coffee, you will get incredible latte art! Our staff is very friendly. We really care about customers, so if you have any issues at the restaurant please work it out with us and we promise we will give you a satisfying solution! Thanks!

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