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Kay's Gringo Postres

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American, Cafe, South American, Costa Rican
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60 M Oeste de Cruz Roja, Guisaro, Atenas, Costa Rica
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tue - Sat 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The purple running the place are very friendly, like family more than business. The food is decent with an American menu is high light. The fruit and vegetables are very fresh. With my Spanish being so little, it was very nice to be able to communicate more than my basic needs. It's also a great place for connections on what's... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016 via mobile

We went here for breakfast, hoping to get the scoop on what it is like to be an Expat in the Atenas area. Since many northerners have returned to the U S and Canada during the rainy season, we only met a few people. The food was good and reasonably priced and we got a lot of our questions answered.

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Destin, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016 via mobile

We visit Kay's quite frequently and are always pleasantly greeted by Mercedes, Catia or Harold. Lisa, too, when she's there. The menu is varied so you'll never get tired of the selection. The pastries are quite delicious and consist of a lot of chocolate. Sorry guys. We're outnumbered on this one. This really is a great place to connect with... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016 via mobile

Kay's not only has good food at reasonable prices, the owners always make you feel right at home with their warm hospitality. They also have social get togethers for meet and greets that are a great way to meet other Expats and learn more about the do's and don'ts of Costa Rica, as well as learning about CR adventures.

Thank NYE2015
Davis, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

My husband and I spent two weeks in Atenas and ate breakfast here several times. If you want to hear English, this is the place to come. Everyone here is friendly and welcoming. Breakfast is very good....amazing Pinto Gallo.

Thank Maryellen_11
Atenas, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

something between a restaurant, a snack and a 'cantine', lots of welcomed natural airflow makes this place agreable during hot periods friendly, smiling and helpfull staff the menu is simple and nice, the coffee is free at breakfast time, lovely cakes and brownies, nice juices one of our orders, a cheese toast was sloppy and tasteless, the toast should have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016

Super comfort food and the usual American breakfast items. Service was very friendly. We ate their twice during our 6 day stay in the area and would return again.

Thank ron777777
harold b, Owner at Kay's Gringo Postres, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review. Please come back when you visit again. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

This is a great place to come and meet other expats! Food was delicious, and the service is great!! Good value

Thank lisa b
harold b, Owner at Kay's Gringo Postres, responded to this review

Thank you for the fab review. We always try to do our best. More 

Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2016

Kay's Gringos is a fun expat spot in Atenas. Easy to meet other Americans/Canadians. Great northern American food - BLTs, meatloaf, comfort food. Nice English lending library. I'll be back.

Thank Catherine T
harold b, Owner at Kay's Gringo Postres, responded to this review

Thank you so much Cathy. We really enjoyed our time with you and your husband Mark. See you next year! More 

Boerne, Texas
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2016

Being our first lengthy visit to Costa Rica finding Kay's was extraordinary. We got a pleasant fill-up of great company visiting with owner and customers, hearing lots of valuable insights and getting our American questions and curiosities answered. But then came lunch, a fix of good old-fashioned hamburger and an especially superb salad, VERY, VERY good. Don't forget homemade desserts.... More 

Thank Laura A
harold b, Owner at Kay's Gringo Postres, responded to this review

We appreciate your review and your patronage. We look forward to your return visits as you will always be welcomed here. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
American, Cafe, South American, Costa Rican
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Dining on a budget, Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 60 M Oeste de Cruz Roja, Guisaro, Atenas, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Atenas
Kay's Gringo Postres roughly translated means Kay's NorthAmerican Sweets. Kay and her husband, Tom, from South Dakota, started out as a tiny pastry and coffee shop and grew into the only place in Atenas and for miles around that serves real American soul food - heavenly cheeseburgers and crispy fries, several types of grilled cheese sandwiches, BLT's, amazing breakfasts as well as an all you can eat Sunday Brunch buffet. The cakes, cookies and pie are homemade and defy description.It's a gathering place for locals as well as expatriates, They also maintain a lending library with English, German, French and Spanish books.

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