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“Excellent food & not expensive” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Soda Jaco Rustico

Soda Jaco Rustico
1/2 block off of Jaco Beach, Jaco, Costa Rica
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Ranked #10 of 108 Restaurants in Jaco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Dining options: Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night
Ocala, Florida, United States
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24 restaurant reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Excellent food & not expensive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

While in Jaco, try the local food at Rustico. Customers get in a short line, when you get to the glass case where the food is, you tell the server what foods to put on your plate. The choices are just the right temperature and fresh food is continually put in the glass case. Some of the choices are white rice, red beans, lightly battered and fried sea bass, stewed chicken,local vegetable dishes , salad and dressing. Bottled sodas, drinks, or water along with freshly made fruit juices or ice tea. All the seating is outside under a covered patio. Rustico is a short walk to the beach. Love the food!

  • Visited June 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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omaha
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54 reviews 54 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“cheap and lots of pretty good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

great little local place. A "soda" is a small local cafe, not soda pop. you will see lots of these place. Locals eat here alot

Visited June 2012
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World
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58 reviews 58 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Decent Food, Reasonable Price”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2012

This is a typical Costa Rica "soda". A place that is similar to a buffet. You can select your meat, your sides, and your salad and they pile it all on a plate. Prices a good, but I notice they change from time to time. I think they just feel you up and see how much they can get away with for charging you. I have never argued about it, but keep an eye on them at the register. The meal should not be more than $5!

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Jaco, Costa Rica
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Great local flavor”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

for a real taste of Costa Rica. Good prices. Very busy at lunch, always a good sign.

  • Visited May 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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South Jersey
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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“good local food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2012

We had lunch at this soda once, while in Jaco. It is definitely 'typical' local food, since most of the patrons were local. It does help to speak some Spanish to navigate through the food options. Food is served cafeteria style. We had to ask for smaller portions, since we were on a diet. Our plates were full, even with the smaller portions. The food seemed pretty fresh for cafeteria style and it was a very good selection. The price was about 2500 colones (~$5), so no complaints there.

Visited March 2012
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