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“OMG- Mindblowingly amazing!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurante Grano de Oro

Restaurante Grano de Oro
Calle 30, Avenida 2 y 4 | #251, San Jose 1007, Costa Rica
506-2255-3322
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Ranked #3 of 343 Restaurants in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: French, International, Costa Rican
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Good for: Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Romantic, Doing business
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Restaurant Grano de Oro merges Costa Rican tropical with European cuisine under the expertise of our French chef Francis Canal. Once a simple cafe, this restaurant has evolved into one of San Jose’s finest dining establishments, frequented by locals and tourists alike.Specialty cocktails, classically presented dishes and delicious desserts are served in the charming ambiance of a magnificent period home with an elegant inner courtyard. The bilingual wait staff provides professional and friendly service. Service is offered throughout the day from 7 am to 10 pm. Restaurant, patio and bar are non-smoking
Brooklyn, New York
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“OMG- Mindblowingly amazing!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

We ate at Grano De oro the first night in San Jose! We expected at best mediocre food during our stay in Costa Rica- We were WRONG!! The food at Grano de Oro can go head to head with the best food destination in NYC!! I am a foodie at heart- and this visit did not disappoint. Their tenderloin was so perfects medium rare, with the most amazing sauces! Oh my- the sauces!!
It was so good we went back for night 2- and kept joking about traveling back to San Jose for their food during the rest of our vacation.

  • Visited May 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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New York NY
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“Best Restaurant in Costa Rica!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

We were a group of 4, each of us ordered a different appetizer, main dish and dessert. EVERY single dish was flat out delicious. It was so good that we came back the next day.

The restaurant and hotel is very elegant and formal. The beautiful tropical fresh flowers, the decor and ambiance, and of course, the visual delight on the plate with its robust taste and delightful textures make this place worthy of a top notch restaurant in New York or Paris. It was a pleasure to find a place like this in Costa Rica (which is gastronomically pleasurable, surprisingly). Even though this was the most expensive place we ate, paying 30$ for perfectly cooked tenderloin is a bargain in New York, and anywhere else food of this quality is normally served.

  • Visited May 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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Miami, Florida
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“Nice surprise in San Jose”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

This is a restaurant placed inside the Boutique Hotel with the same name, Grano de Oro, and it is located downtown San Jose, its restaurant. It has an internal patio, and the restaurant is around it. You can eat either in the patio, or inside. There is a section with tables for too looking to the patio, my favourite ones.

The décor is so nice, the hotel has the look of a hotel in the French Quarter in New Orleans. Chairs and fabrics are very classy. The chef is a French gentleman who flew around the world, but fell in love with a Tica, so he decided to stay. He grows all his veggies in his farm.

The menu is short, but very well assorted. It has from fancy main courses like rabbit with a reduction on red wine sauce, to veggie sandwich. All amazing!!! But for me the reason that made me keep going is their signature dessert Pie Grano de Oro. I am a chocoholic, if it is not chocolate hmmm I think it twice, but this creamy coffee crunchy crust dessert is one of the most delicate and tasty thing I have ever try in my life.

As expected being in a fancy boutique hotel, all frenched up, and good decoration, it is a little bit pricy for Costa Rica’s standard, but it is worthy all the way! You will not regret it, I promise.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Hoffman Estates, Illinois
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“Restaurante Grano de Oro”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

The food was delicious! Eat in the garden or the formal dining room. It is not to be missed! You will not be disappointed! The atmosphere, ambiance, charm, and service are not to be ignored either.

  • Visited April 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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“Real Golden”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

The food was fantastic. Truly quality to any top world class restaurant. High class. Expensive but well worth it.

Visited October 2012
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