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“Always a wonderful experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurante L'ile de France

Restaurante L'ile de France
Avenida Escazu, Escazu 1000, Costa Rica
506-2289-7533
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Ranked #17 of 105 Restaurants in Escazu
Price range: $30 - $50
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Miami, Florida
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127 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
“Always a wonderful experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

Every time I go, I enjoy every second of the evening.
Boeuf Bourguinhon is wonderful, so says my husband. I had a marvelous steak (do not remember the name), that comes with fries and a very good béarnaise sauce. They have a good selection of wine (considering that San Jose is ages behind in good dining and wine in general). It is quite expensive when comparing to other restaurants, but for me this is the first "real" restaurant in San Jose.
I personally do not like the dessert selection they have. I had once the creme brûlée, did not like it much, then a rose macaroon, It was well done, as a macaroon, but tasting flowers in my mouth is not my thing, for my it was like eating a perfume, and I also had the profiterole, very good, but not to die for. Considering in general how expensive is dining out in San Jose, I think this is the best option value for your money. I spent $100 for 2 people in Outback (wings, ribs and fries, and some beer), and US$ 200 in L'Ile de France, for an appetizer to share, 2 excellent beef dishes, one dessert , 2 coffees and 2 bottles of wine wine. Make you own judgement.... I do not care about the desserts, just for the dinner I'll go 100 more times.

  • Visited April 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
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
san Jose
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great restaurant, great location, food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2012

We were extremely pleased with the service and the quality of this restaurant all together. It isabit pricy but definitely worth it. We highly recommend it!

  • Visited April 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“A TASTE OF PARIS IN SAN JOSE”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2012

The only true French restaurant in San Jose. Its new location in Paseo Escazu is a departure from the downtown location back the 70's and the more recent Chateau-like experience in Los Yoses.
Not only has the ambiance dramatically improved but the owner and chef still supervises a top-notch cuisine offerring fine, traditional French fare. Impecable quality at reasonable prices. Service is excellent and wine stocks are ample and varied, naturally in French regional varieties, which are seldom found in other local restaurants that stock mainly New World wines.
Try the steak tartare or traditionals such as riz de veau and blanquette de veau. You will not be disappointed!

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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“expensive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

Food sort of good but very expensive. Ate once and not return.

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Los Suenos, Costa Rica
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11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Five starts”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

Authentic French food in Central America! Who knew?! Top Notch efficient service with knowledgeable staff and a WOW menu. Never disappoints.

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