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“Excellent French cuisine” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurante Colbert

Restaurante Colbert
16 km of Volcan Poas | 400 m este de la gasolinera de Varablanca, Heredia, Costa Rica
+506 2482 2776
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Ranked #12 of 104 Restaurants in Heredia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Doing business, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
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“Excellent French cuisine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013 via mobile

We had a wonderful surprise while visiting the Poas Volcano on a chilly Sunday afternoon. We expected to have lunch at another "typical" Costa Rican food joint in the area. But what a great surprise! Bakery is excellent. You must buy bread! I had a very good steak au poivre vert, excellent sauce and vegetables, it was not medium rare as I ordered but I did not complain. My husband ordered a delicious rabbit in Dijon sauce. He enjoyed dessert. Very simple atmosphere, nice music. Don't expect any French country style decor, but enjoyed the fireplace as it was chilly.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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joelsuire, General Manager at Restaurante Colbert, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
thank you very much!!! y hope to see you soon!
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Pensacola, Florida
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168 reviews 168 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 54 cities Reviews in 54 cities
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
“One Of Our Best Meals In Costa Rica.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

This place was closed on our last trip down, so it was a high priority for us on this trip down. I will say that I was a little doubtful about all the great reviews, but I will say that our first meal was so good that we went back the next day. Joel , the owner and chef of the restaurant, meets with all the customers and certainly makes sure that you get the attention that you expect from an upscale restaurant. The food is amazing, not just for Costa RIca, but I would love to have this little French Restaurant in my home town.The views on a clear day are also very nice. If you happen to be in the Poas / La Paz area, this is a must.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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joelsuire, General Manager at Restaurante Colbert, responded to this review, December 13, 2012
thanks you very much!
y like your comments... where do you live??? hahaha
Joel
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Albany, NY
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“Excellent food at reasonable price”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

We were staying at the Poas Volcano Lodge, and needed someplace to eat dinner as we did not want what the Lodge was offering. We had passed this restaurant earlier in the day, and decided to give it a try though our first thought was "French food in Costa Rica? Really?" Yes, really. and it is is really good food. Colbert is the point of equilibrium between French wisdom and Costa-Rican natural richness. The menuJoël Suire is not only French, he is bequeathed with an ample moustache and wears a toque. All the bread and dishes are made in-house. Incredible paté and sauces simply make your mouth water. The quality and care that goes into preparing the food definitely translate into authentic, delicious taste. T
The menu offers a unique blend of choices, ranging from chicken to pheasant and rabbit with a lot of traditional French items ike onion soup and house-made pate (which I liked, and I don't even LIKE pate!) and a little of everything in between. Joël Suire (the owner chef) is not only French, he is bequeathed with an ample moustache and wears a toque. All the bread and dishes are made in-house. Incredible paté and sauces simply make your mouth water. The quality and care that goes into preparing the food definitely translate into authentic, delicious taste. There is a good wine list that is strong on vintages from South America and France. The first night we ate there, I had Chicken Crepes (delicious!) and companions had rabbit with the mustard sauce (a little too heavy on the mustard for the companion's taste though good non-the-less ... he ate every bite!) and shrimp cups which were shrimp in pastry cups - much lighter than they sounded and very good. Food is cooked to order (a fact we appreciated) so it is not fast food. . .we enjoyed a glass of wine with the wonderful warm bread (could have made a dinner of it) and the ambiance of the restaurant as the resident cat and dogs entertained us with their antics while we waited. The price is very reasonable given the quality and quantity of the dinner. The next night we decided to return as there were menu items we wanted to try! We were once again greeted by the chef-owner, and were treated to a truly delicious meal. We ended the evening sitting in the Adirondack chairs by the wood stove (it was chilly), eating dessert and sipping wine. So relaxing! No one trying to hurry you out the door, even though we were the last people there. If you are in the LaPaz Waterfall area, you absolutely HAVE to go to this treasure of a restaurant.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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joelsuire, Owner at Restaurante Colbert, responded to this review, October 29, 2012
a great thank's you very much!
see you again!
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New Jersey
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30 restaurant reviews
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“excellent and reasonable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

My family of 4 ate at this restaurant 4 years ago. I rave about it to everyone. I would say we have sophisticated pallets and are not easy to please and this restaurant was excellent. It was also a great value for such a wonderful meal. We enjoyed it so much that we ate there 2 out of our 3 nights. The chicken dishes (not something I generally order out), bolognese and filet mignon were all cooked perfectly and were quite tasty. The appetizers and desserts were also great. If it is as good as it was then and it appears to be I would highly recommend not missing this restaurant.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Heredia, Costa Rica
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Nice Place - Their Chesse table is amazing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

I have been there with a friend and ordered a Cheese Table (look at the picture). It is simply amazing, the taste and the variety is just delicious. Add a glass of wine and you will be on the paradaise.
About the main course options, I have ordered Rabbit with a Dijon mustard sauce that was ok but not to order it again.
Overall it's a very good place to visit and the landscape in Varablanca is very nice. You can visit the Poas volcano after have a good lunch here.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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joelsuire, General Manager at Restaurante Colbert, responded to this review, October 11, 2012
thank you very much!
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