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Foodie Tours Costa Rica

San Jose, Costa Rica
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About Foodie Tours Costa Rica
We are a Costa Rican company, we specialize in designing exclusive food tours in San Jose that will take you from the roots of Costa Rican traditional cuisine to modern, original food creations. Signature dishes by the best local chefs, that you will also meet during the tours!
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sboland22 wrote a review Jun 2022
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma42 contributions19 helpful votes
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Highly recommend this tour if you have 1/2 a day in San Jose. We booked the Premium Tour with transportation. I was able to confirm with Adriana via text and she sent a car to pick us up. Driver arrived at exact pickup time we were told (2:30). We had a 15-20 minutes drive to the 1st stop, Cabra Negra, where we met our tour guide David. David served as our translator but also a historian, avid bird watcher, and has a degree in forestry so was able to identify plants and trees we saw. He speaks Spanish and English fluently but also speaks Portuguese and French. The coffee tasting at Cabra Negra included 3 different coffees prepared 3 different ways. We had an unexpected snack or homemade tomato soup and grilled cheese. The grilled cheese was the best we had ever eaten - with pesto mixed in with the Swiss cheese. We finished with a coffee cocktail made with cold brew, rum, and 7 up. Next we went to a place for appetizers. I can’t recall name, but food was outstanding. We had 2 types of gallos on homemade tortillas. All ingredients home grown or locally sourced. We also had a house made kombucha and one of their own craft beers. Next, was to 11.47 restaurant for a 3 course dinner. This was a finer dining interpretation of Costa Rican comfort foods. Lastly , we want to Aquizotes for a cocktail … but here the bartender showed us how to make it and then let us behind the bar to make our own! David then dropped us at the hotel after pointing out a few interesting buildings along the route. Trip lasted 7 hours and we were stuffed! The stops are set up to be walking distances but due to heavy rain, David drove us from place to place.
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David E wrote a review May 2022
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Loved the tour, Adri was very knowledgeable and the places were very unique and delicious, definitely a great tour to spend an evening in San José and discover the secret gems of the city
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Kaylin F wrote a review May 2022
Boston, Massachusetts43 contributions6 helpful votes
What a kick off to our 8 day vacation in Costa Rica! We loved our tour with Oscar and one other couple, as the night went on it felt more and more like we were out to dinner/drinks with our friends. Oscar provided the perfect amount of history/information and companionship to make this tour enjoyable. The food was amazing and like nothing we have ever had before, it really opened our eyes to Costa Rican cuisine beyond the rice and beans that you get in other destinations. Each of the restaurants/bars/cafes were also friendly. Thank you Oscar for being such a great host, we hope our paths cross again some day!
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Denise W wrote a review Mar 2022
Safety Harbor, Florida12 contributions3 helpful votes
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This tour was amazing! I really can't say which part was the best. From arranging our tour on short notice (well done, Ariana), to our tour guide Oscar (felt more like a friend taking us around than a tour guide), to the amazing places we went (coffee, vegan and farm-to-table gourmet), everything was perfect. The highlights are: the most unexpected was the coffee tasting at Cabra Negra, who even knew that coffee could taste like lemon? Interesting and delicious. Then, vegan ceviche (with mango) at Arbol de Seda was so flavorful, we could eat it every day. Next, a truly remarkable dinner at 11.47 Restaurante, complete with wine pairings. And, to top it all off, we ended the night making our own personal cocktails, with the expert direction of bartender Valerie, at La Cova (a clandestine/speakeasy bar, which is located in the back of Agüizotes) from the local cacique (sugar cane-based liquor), along with our own ideas. Mine was cacique, 3 large slices of fresh cucumber, a fragrant slice of dehydrated lime and tonic water. It was so delicious, I brought 3 bottles of cacique home so everyone could share. On a final note, my husband and I would never have been able to find these restaurants and bars on our own, so that alone was worth the price of the tour, but when you consider that you get an in-depth coffee tasting and a delicious rum and coffee drink, several vegan dishes, a 4 course farm-to-table experience with 2 perfectly paired glasses of wine, and a signature cocktail, plus the services of a guide and interpreter to navigate the whole way around the cool area of Barrio Escalanate, this tour may be the best value in San Jose.
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Date of experience: February 2022
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Melissa M wrote a review Nov 2021
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We were only in San Jose for a short two days, and I am so happy that we spent one of those precious days on this incredible food tour! We just started our Costa Rica trip, but I already know this tour will be one of the main highlights of our trip! We had Oscar as our tour guide and he was so informative and fun to talk to. I told him at the end of our tour that it felt like we were eating with a friend, we all just got along so well! I would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone taking this tour. My boyfriend is from France and I am from California, so Oscar being trilingual was super interesting! We did the tour in English due to my lack of French, but it’s very uncommon to find someone who can do a tour in 3 languages!! We didn’t know what to expect going into the tour as it was booked through our travel agent. And boy was it the nicest surprise! We got to try some incredible local food, 6 dishes plus a dessert, lots of good wine, fresh fruit drinks, and a full tasting of some delicious Costa Rica coffee. I hadn’t heard much of Costa Rican food before, but after tasting all this incredible food today I feel like it should definitely be more known! Oscar was very helpful with translating anything in Spanish for us, and also just incredibly informative in general about all the local food and why it’s important in Costa Rica. We learned so much throughout our day. One of my favorite parts of the day was going to a cafe to test out local Costa Rica coffee and learn how exactly to prepare it on the finest level! So much attention to detail and expertise goes into making the perfect cup of coffee. It was so great to try out all the different roasts, we even got a lot of bags to take home - couldn’t resist! I can confidently say that without this tour I would have no idea about this fine gastronomy restaurants or this neighborhood in general. I am sure most tourists have no idea about this area and would completely miss out on some of the best food Costa Rica has to offer. All in all, if I had any friends of family visiting San Jose I would 100% recommend this food tour! Such a great local experience, with local tour guides. I wish we could do it all again tomorrow!
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Date of experience: November 2021
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