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“Fuel for the crew of Sea Bird Sailing Excursions for the last 5.5 years!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Jardin Tropical

Jardin Tropical
Main Street | Frente Capitania, Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
2670-0428
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Cuisines: South American, Central American
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Costa Rica
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7 reviews
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“Fuel for the crew of Sea Bird Sailing Excursions for the last 5.5 years!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

This has been my favorite soda (family owned restaurant that serves typical Costa Rican food) since I moved to Playa del Coco five and a half years ago. I prefer this soda over other local eats because they are fast, fresh, consistent, very friendly family owned business, and less expensive.

In the mornings the typical Costa Rican breakfast is Gallo Pinto. (Here is your brief typical Costa Rican food guide....) Gallo Pinto is usually ordered with eggs (huevos) - your style - scrambled (picado) or fried (frito) and/or with typical cheese (queso) and/or the YUMMY natilla (sour cream, much better than the sour cream in the USA) and either hand made tortilla or maduro (fried sweet plantain!!!)

In addition to the typical Costa Rican breakfast of Gallo Pinto con huevos y natilla y tortilla (my order a couple times a week,) they have pancakes, fruit platter, cereal, bacon, sausage and other breakfast eats. Breakfasts are around $5.

For lunch, the Ticos usually order a casado, which is basically a marriage of foods sharing one plate. Casados always come with beans and rice, then you choose your meat, (or order vegetarian with avocado, egg, cheese, etc.) of usually carne en salsa (beef with sauce), pollo en salsa (chicken with sauce), cerdo (pig/pork), filet de pescado (fillet of fish), and they may have more options than that. I usually order the Casado con filet de pescado or the Casado Vegetariano. It is usually on the table in 5 minutes after I order! Cost for a casado is around $5-6.

Jardin Tropical also has other typical meals like Arroz con Mariscos or Arroz con Pollo. (Rice with seafood or rice with chicken.) As well as non-typical foods, but local favorites anyway, like burgers and pizza.

I really like this place because they don't over do it on the oil. All Tico restaurants cook with oil but a little bit goes a long way!! (And they have figured that out unlike others.)

When we get really busy doing sailing tours in high season, we call our orders in and they have them bagged up and ready when I get there. They have literally been fueling the Sea Bird crew for years! To call your order ahead; 2670-0428

The are located on the main road in Coco, down by the beach, across the street from the police station and port captain's office. You can see the beach from this soda. Eat inside or outside, you won't be disappointed in trying the yummy Tico food here!

  • Visited August 2012
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Edmonton, Canada
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“Very tasty casado - lovely gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2012

This is the second time we have eaten at Jardin Tropical "Typical Food" restaurant in Playas del Coco. It is tucked down a side street right across from the beach and you can dine inside or outside. The first time there we had beef and chicken casados. They were very flavourful and large portion sizes -- plenty of rice and beans, along with some salad and cooked vegetables. This time I had the fried fish casado and it was so tender and full of flavour - could have eaten another piece of fish it was so good. Today's feature was served with rice, beans, pasta salad and the corn tortilla. My husband had the pork chop casado and it was very delicious. Our daughter had the beef one today. We all enjoyed a refreshing glass of fresh squeezed lemonade. Perfect spot for lunch, and next trip we will try breakfast. The server was very friendly, helpful and efficient - truly a pleasure.

  • Visited March 2012
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Alajuela, Costa Rica
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“Tico Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2012

This is the place to go if you're looking for a good tico meal. The staff is very nice and pleasing. Prices are very good.

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Calgary, Canada
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“Good food, good atmosphere, reasonable prices, consistently good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2012

We've been back to this restaurant a few times. The food has been consistently good, and the service very friendly.

It has been spotlessly clean the times we have been - you seem to see the staff of this restaurant cleaning more often than any other restaurant.

It is a little soda on a dusty village street in Costa Rica, so this is the basis for the scores. It isn't a chain/sports bar - just somewhere good to eat local food.

Try the juices with agua - expensive ($3) but very worth it. Casados are good.

Tico breakfast is "ok". Not the best we've had, but certainly not the worst.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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