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“Best Asian Food in Costa Rica!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tin Jo

Tin Jo
Calle 11, Av. 6 y 8 Detras de la Iglesia La Soledad, 150 metros al sur, San Jose, Costa Rica
506 2221 7605
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Ranked #10 of 316 Restaurants in San Jose
Price range: $15 - $50
Cuisines: Vegetarian, Pan-Asian
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Our mission is to serve delicious, healthy food in an environment that is conducive to sharing and caring. We believe that food should nourish us physically, emotionally and spiritually. Our dishes are inspired from Asian countries: China, Japan, India, Indonesia, Thailand. We have an extensive vegetarian and vegan menu as well as a gluten free menu. Our Asian themed rooms gather together all the art work we have collected as well as those created by closed friends and frequent diners. Tin Jo is our third child and we are very involved owners. We love to interact with you, our customers and it is our sincere wish that your visit to our restaurant satisfies not only your senses but also uplifts your spirit. With Gratitude,Maria Hon and Robert Faulstich
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3 reviews 3 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Best Asian Food in Costa Rica!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

I have first heard of Tin Jo by word of mouth. Well I finally went there. It has become my favorite Asian restaurant.
It offers Chinese, Japanese, Thai and more!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“A must for good food in San Jose”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

I agree with all of the positive comments regarding Tin Jo. It should definitely be high on the list, if not first on the list, for having an excellent meal in San Jose (and the choices are few!). The owner is not only very friendly and welcoming, but her scientific background has also resulted in food and drink combinations that are unique to her restaurant and delightful to taste. If you're not sure what you want, she will also "read" you and make suggestions based on what she senses inside you. Highly recommended, and within easy walking distance from Teatro Nacional.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Maria H, Owner at Tin Jo, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Dear MarLay99,
Thank you for putting a smile of gratitude in our hearts for your lovely comment about your experience at our restaurant. We are honored to have had the opportunity to serve you. It is very fulfilling for us when our guests allow us to make suggestions. We are so happy that you enjoyed our recommendations. We wish you many wonderful meals wherever you go around the world and if you ever find yourself in San Jose again, we would love to serve you again.
maria hon
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“Exotic atmosfere even for an Asian. Cute children menu, creative!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

It looks so ordinary from outside, but inside the atmosfere is surprisingly.... Latin Asian blend.... With special art and paintings..

There is a separate hall that has kids toy playard with day light ceiling, the kid menu was funny and creative, the food was not so salty so its ok for kids. My 1 year old baby and friends 4 and 6 year old kid played peacefully along other babies and kids, the toys dont seem very clean, but I see other parents let the babies play, so let mine go too.

They have special beverages with exotic blends, we tried jasmin tea with passion fruit and tamarindo with hierbabuena... A tropical food with herbs and mint leaf, exotic flavor.

WARNING: changing table need a fix, it almost fall down. Hope they have it fixed

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Maria H, Owner at Tin Jo, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Dear Thanksworld,
Thank you so much for your lovely review of our restaurant.
We are very grateful also for the note you left us regarding the baby changing table. My husband, Robert is the carpenter/wood worker of the Tin Jo and he intermediately fixed it. Thanks also for your comment about the cleanliness of the toys. We wash them weekly. However, they may need to be cleaned more frequently. I will personally be on top of this.
It is through thoughtful comments like yours that we find out what needs fixing. So we are very appreciative for this.

Thank you again for your note and your review at Trip Advisor.

In gratitude,
maria Hon
co-owner
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“Oasis in a desert”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

If you don't now by now, Central America notorious for bland food. This brilliant Asian resturant serves very tasty dishes in a great atmosphere. The staff are all bi-lingual and the manager/owner will come around and greet you.

The menu itself is 'multi-asian' with dishes from mainly China, Thailand, and Japan; but unlike most places that serve 'asian' food; they do each area justice.

A 3 course meal, plus cocktail and desert wine set me back c21900; about $42. You could easily go for a main and drink, and be satisfied, for under c10000.

As an aside, a lot of nice restaurants in San Jose are not very solo friendly, forcing you to sit at the bar to eat, or simply denying you a table if you refuse. Tin Jo greeted me with a smile and gave me a table without question.

  • Visited September 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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“Great find in Downtown San Jose”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

Great little restaurant. Best asian food we have had in Costa Rica. Good variety of foods on the menu, not just Chinese. They serve Japanese, Thai, a few recipes with curry. Small portions though. Ambiance was great! A family owned business with a very cool story. Check out all the dining rooms, each is different. There is even a large room for big parties.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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