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“the best in Atenas” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Balcon de Cafe

Balcon de Cafe
Avenida Central | 50 Meter Westlich des Restaurant Mejor Clima #2, Atenas, Costa Rica
+506 2446 8592
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Ranked #2 of 31 Restaurants in Atenas
Cuisines: American, German, International
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
Atenas, Costa Rica
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“the best in Atenas”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

owned and run by one of the most gracious hosts ever, Melanie, this place is the best place for Atenas locals and tourists to enjoy great food (try the 'russian cake') and coffee (or hot chocolate for non coffee drinkers - the best i have ever had!). Her bread is wonderful - buy a loaf of the whole wheat with flax seed to take home AND she has German sausage for sale! I always go here after the local farmers market on Fridays for my weekly serving of hot chocolate and russian cake and, often, the daily special. Last week it was squash soup with potatoes and avacados - absolutely delish!!!! Melanie speaks Spanish, German and English fluently so you feel 'at home' with her...and her staff also speaks English! Also, for you smokers - there a 2 tables outside the cafe itself where you can eat AND smoke - and they are away from the "regular" tables so you don't bother anyone (no second-hand smoke!)

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Atenas, Costa Rica
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“The very best in Atenas”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

Locals and tourists all enjoy this special cafe in Atenas, Costa Rica. You just will not find better food anywhere! Whether you order one of the delicious plates offered on the "special of the day"; or choose from their menu, you can be assured of loving every bite! This open air balcony cafe is teeming with friendly folks. Melanie and her girls always greet everyone with a warm welcome and big smiles. Not only do they serve the best food including desserts, they provide a fun relaxed atmosphere where just going for a cup of coffee and sweet treat turns into a pleasurable experience.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Costa Rica
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Charming and always excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Balcon de Cafe is always charming, with great service and excellent cuisine. Especially breakfast with the best toast in town! I buy their bread to take home. I also regularly buy their mini-quiches ... get them frozen and enjoy all week long! Melanie's desserts are the best in town, hands down!

Visited August 2012
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Swedesboro, New Jersey, United States
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48 reviews 48 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Excellent food, service and view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

My husband and I have been there three times so far and will be back for several more. I un stood that the owner is German, and some of the food items are indicative of that. The are having October Fest in October and you can be sure we will be there!
A must when in Atenas.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Atenas, Costa Rica
1 review
“A must do!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

Balcon de Cafe which we call "Melanie's". Is our favorite day time haunt. The Location on the second floor of a shopping area in a major street is a great place to enjoy excellent European/American & Tico food. The coffee is fabulous. One can order from the case where
baked goods are displayed without looking and never be disappointed. The local crowd that
frequents this venue is an interesting and friendly mix of Expats from all parts of the US., Europe
and, Many locals. All willing to share local knowledge and, experiences.

Gordon B

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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