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La Carreta

Next to to the Parking Lot of the Courts | Next to to the Parking Lot of the Courts, Atenas 20501, Costa Rica
+506 2446 3156
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good42%
  • Average4%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
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“casado” (11 reviews)
“fried shrimp” (4 reviews)
“soup” (3 reviews)
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Central American, Costa Rican, South American, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Next to to the Parking Lot of the Courts | Next to to the Parking Lot of the Courts, Atenas 20501, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in late Sunday afternoon for a quick lunch & food was very good. Service was exceptional & they aim to please. We will be back.

Thank NYE2015
Reviewed April 18, 2017

My wife and daughter and I stopped in for lunch on the way back to our hotel in Atenas. A mix of Gringos and Ticos filled the dining areas, one of which is lined with English and German lanquage books for all ages. Service was...More

Thank fourinnj
Reviewed April 1, 2017

Our family had a delicious meal here. Sea Bass wonderful (smoothies are great too) It's a combination restaurant and book lending library with friendly service, wonderful menu, and just off the main square. Nice to be surrounded by books as you eat! Recommend highly!

Thank tekt
Reviewed March 30, 2017 via mobile

Excellent local restaurant. Typical Costa Rica dishes that were all delicious. Loved also that they have so many books. It's like a little library at a restaurant. Borrow Read Return. ❤it. Be back soon for sure.

Thank QdP1E
Reviewed March 20, 2017 via mobile

We are here staying with friends. We have been there twice. The food is excellent. And the service even better. They have a boook lending library in the restaurant. With a some comfortable seats. The books are in various languages. If you ate in Atenas...More

Reviewed February 23, 2017

Wonderful service. Menu in English and Spanish, the server also spoke both fluently. We both had the sea bass which was. delicious and generously portioned. I had it grilled and my honey had it grilled with garlic sauce. Both were very good

1  Thank Jackie-yahoo
Reviewed January 7, 2017

This being our first time to Costa Rica, we didn't know what to expect for restaurants. However, we experienced a lovely surprise while in the town of Atenas. We were greeted by the staff/owners Adriana and Craig - BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE - the new owners for...More

2  Thank PEM120410
Reviewed January 7, 2017 via mobile

Great casado, attentive and friendly service and wonderful ambiance. Plenty of books to peruse also. Would definitely come back.

1  Thank EasyGoingMidwestGuy
Reviewed January 5, 2017

La Carreta Restaurant, under new ownership, in Atenas has kept the most popular menu items that customers liked and also has added waffles to their all day breakfast. For a special treat, try the German goulash, a hearty stew with meat, onions and tomatoes. It...More

1  Thank mmason2015
Reviewed December 19, 2016

Super friendly place with lots of books to trade or take. The food was only ok. In our opinion they would be better off with a smaller menu that was more specialized. The owners talked with us for a while and gave some great suggestions...More

Thank aritchie45
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Linda L
No so much a question as a comment: I asked about those wonderful waffles and found they are made from chick pea flour. Good protein, no gluten, no added sugar. Yum.
January 28, 2017|
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Response from PEM120410 | Reviewed this property |
In our opinion, the food we had (2 dinners) was very good. When we visited in Dec '16 they weren't planning to open for breakfast until Jan '17. These are lovely people (owners) and only 7 mths into running their restaurant... More
Linda L
I'm glad you had a good experience at la Carreta. This is how the library works: Take what you like. Read it and bring it back. It's a free lending library. Donations are accepted.
August 13, 2016|
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Response from David L | Reviewed this property |
Hi Linda, I did figure that out when we went back yesterday for more of their chicken soup (which my wife just LOVES). Thanks for the help! Pura Vida!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$5 - $15
Central American, Costa Rican, South American, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Next to to the Parking Lot of the Courts | Next to to the Parking Lot of the Courts, Atenas 20501, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Atenas
  • Phone Number: +506 2446 3156
  • E-mail
We are a warm and friendly restaurant with varied special atmosphere for meetings with friends and partners also share with friends . We have a varied menu of typical Costa Rican food , meat and seafood for your enjoyment.