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“Good food and location, informal setting” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurante Pizzeria La parada

Restaurante Pizzeria La parada
4417 la Fortuna, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
+506 2479 9119
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Cuisines: Steakhouse, Pizza, Fast Food, Pasta, Costa Rican
Dining options: Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night
Eugene, Or
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160 reviews 160 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 66 cities Reviews in 66 cities
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
“Good food and location, informal setting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

As others have remarked this is a typical Soda style cafe offering local dishes. Costa Rican food is, well, Costa Rican food. You don't come here for the food. It's not as interesting or varied as Italian, Thai or almost any other cuisine. It centers around rice and beans as it is a very poor country. That said - you can find edible and tasty food in Costa Rica and this soda provided us a good meal. Many eateries do not provide good value - food is horribly overpriced for the portion sizes, quality of preparation and presentation and service. So prepare for that if you visit - this is especially true in the touristy areas and hotel restaurants.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Richboro, PA
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71 reviews 71 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Good Italian meal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Authentic Italian menu in a pleasant casual atmosphere. Indoor and outdoor seating although many tour groups stop here which coud be bothersome.

Visited December 2012
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Bristol
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85 reviews 85 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Cheap & Cheerful”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Central location and 24/7 cafe offering cheap and basic food. The burrito was over cooked and oily with liquid meat filling and a salad consisting of cabbage only.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Prague
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35 restaurant reviews
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126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
“Good value for your money”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

Prime location with 24/7 operation. Simply, fresh food and good value for money if you choose from buffet. Either 2200 CRC for meal – rice , meat, beans salad and juice or 2600 CR including polo – chicken. They have also menu from which you can choose. Every time busy, mix of tourists and locals which is indication that the food should be tasty and good choice. Service prompt and courteous and on overall two visits on which I was satisfied.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Parsippany, New Jersey
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Convenient soda near park”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013 via mobile

We ate at many sodas and this one was okay, but did not leave a lasting impression. It is open late which was appealing when we get into town late. Definitely caters to tourists, with a varied menu and waiters. We had beef and chicken casado the first time. It was good but the chicken was very overcooked and had no flavor. Not a bad meal though.

The second time we just stopped in for the steam table, got some chicken, beef, rice, beets. This was a much better experience. Prices were great, food was flavorful, and we didn't have to sit and listen to anyone complaining about the place not making pizza or French fries the same as in the US haha.

Overall, ok prices and decent food in a good location.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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