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Reviewed September 2, 2022 via mobile

The food was absolutely amazing. Ceviche, empanadas, gnocchi, entraña, grilled vegetables. Everything was perfect . The place is gorgeous and there was nice music. The 3 stars is because the service was very, very bad. Three waiters came, none seem had to take responsibility of...the orders. Food came late, not at the same time, wrong, i asked for the vegetables twice and then told me the order did not get to the kitchen… drinks asked for like 3 times…. Even brought the wrong bill! I honestly cannot believe such great place is so poorly managed. Our table was for 3 people, not even a large party. I hope they train their staff better or get better staff- I loved the place and the food.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed February 4, 2022

We went for dinner, tried different dishes and, all of them had a great taste. Portions were satisfying and delicately served. The environment is nice and, the decorations have a very relaxing vibe. Health protocols are followed. We received a wonderful service.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Rokkacr, Director of Sales at Botaniko By Sebastian La Rocca, responded to this reviewResponded April 19, 2022

Thank you so much for taking the time to write your review. We are glad you had a good time at Botaniko and enjoyed the environment. We hope to see you back again soon.

Reviewed November 19, 2021 via mobile

The first time we went, the owner greeted us and the attention received was at the bill level The owner showed us and highly recommended the sushi restaurant located in the same premises We decided to come back and booked at the place called Rokka...Service was a sheer disaster, the starters came fast but then the waiter was completely lost between doing, serving cocktails. He came to ask for seconds but only to one of the five party members We paid the hefty bill and moved, with our bottle of sake to Botaniko, one door away What a revolution as we dared to put the bottle of sake (from the Japanese restaurants next door belonging to the same owner), on the table. Waiter run to stop us of doing such a blasphemy: they are two different restaurants and not supposed to bring food from the other. We had to hide the bottle under the table Conclusion: don’t do the same, but then if you want to set up an expensive bill for eating sushi or meat next door, you are welcomed We won’t do that for sure anymoreMore

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed October 28, 2021

The food wasn’t tasty, cocktails full of ice, poor flavor. We also ate at rokka and the sushi in general wasn’t good. The experience doesn’t match the food.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed March 23, 2021

Amazing experience! Botaniko never fails to impress! We ordered a bunch of dishes from the new menu and can't wait to go back and try the rest! We shared the Tira de Asado, Mussels and a couple of our all time favorites like the Tomate...al horno and Empanadas. The service was top notch as always! The cocktails were great, and compared to other restaurants the prices are very fair. 5 stars all over!!!More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed October 18, 2020

On my humble opinion, the food was good, totally good, but the prices are super high, I can understand they probably put the best sources on it, but is not enough, for those prices, the food has to be more than just good, for example...the ceviche was really good, but nothing special and quite small, and our Mole super salty, and ruined on my opinion the entire chicken, there's some things that you can handle it, but this kind of mistakes make me think about it, the service was great. I don't like comparisons, but also argentinian is the Esquina de Buenos Aires, and they never fail, and the prices are reasonable.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed August 13, 2020

cocktails: weak menu/flavorless drink (resembled a fruit punch) food: only things worth it were the chilera and octopus gallo tasted pretty good but its supposed to be something to share yet the orders come in 1? 1/2 chicken with mole nothing special, couldve easily been...from rostipollos. ordered tomato for side (which came cold) and pineapple that was supposed to be roasted, yet it was colder than the tomato. service was decent, place is very nice though. would never go back - you can have a much better and larger meal at Furca or Zonna. Guard at the entrance could have a little course in basic customer service as well.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed June 1, 2020 via mobile

This place has managed to set a fantastic menu based on great Costa Rican dishes. Lots of dishes for sharing. Simple but great cuisine. You will love the place, its service and hipster atmosphere. Don't forget to visit the speakeasy behind the beer freezer.😃

Date of visit: May 2020
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Reviewed February 12, 2020

We were there with a large group of family and friends. We did not pay for this dinner, so I cant say how much it was. The pickled vegetables in jars were the 1st spicy food I had while on vacation in San Jose. Ask...for more since they will be gone before you know it. We ordered lots of food and shared it. What I liked best: the gnocchi, tomahawk steak, cauliflower, guacamole, trout, chicken, Heineken locally brewed, empanadas, roasted veggies and ceviche. Others had cocktails. Atmosphere is very nice and service is wonderful.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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BotanikoCR, Owner at Botaniko By Sebastian La Rocca, responded to this reviewResponded February 17, 2020

Thank you for your review. We are thrilled to know that you and your party enjoyed the recent visit to Botaniko. Let us know if you would like to have the recipe of our “chilero”, we will be happy to share it with you. We...More

Reviewed February 6, 2020 via mobile

Our party of 25 pretty much ordered everything on the menu. Recommended are the beets, cauliflower, the pickles at the table, goat cheese tomatoes, and the trout potatoes, oh and the guacamole too. Dishes are small and good for sharing. Staff was excellent and great...atmosphere. Dont miss out the heineken fridge!!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 17, 2020

I have been to the restaurant in three different occasions and I am always impressed by the service, the quality of the ingredients, the fair price, the presentation of the plates and the ambiance. I specially recommend their ceviche, their tuna and the roasted vegetables....I also cannot ever finish my meal without the most incredible arroz con leche ever!!!More

Date of visit: January 2020
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BotanikoCR, Manager at Botaniko By Sebastian La Rocca, responded to this reviewResponded January 22, 2020

Dear Stewk78, Thank you for your review. We love to hear that you always enjoy coming to Botaniko and every visit meets your expectations. We’ll keep up the good work to maintain special diners like you happy - that’s our most important purpose in Botaniko....More

Reviewed January 17, 2020 via mobile

I heard tons of great reviews from friends and decided to celebrate my birthday in Botaniko. Not only the atmosphere is amazing, every single dish we order was outstanding both in terms of flavor and presentation. The whole concept of the restaurant is innovative and...offers something never before seen in San Jose, by mixing traditional Costa Rican foods with Argentinian style. I would recommend the Milanesa, a tender breaded pork-chop topped with a delicious pico de gallo style salad; and the Gnocchi, with a luscious cheese sauce. You won’t regret spending great time in the outdoors area for a fantastic dinner and then walking into their private bar with delicious cocktails to have a great end to your night. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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BotanikoCR, Manager at Botaniko By Sebastian La Rocca, responded to this reviewResponded January 22, 2020

Dear 764adri_nb Thank you for your review. We are thrilled to know that you spent your birthday with us and the experience at Botaniko made your day even more memorable. We work hard to deliver unique dining experiences with honest food and friendly atmosphere as...More

Reviewed January 15, 2020 via mobile

The place is gorgeous, hipster style floor and tables, huge mural, low lighting, fancy bar... very "instagramable"... but that's the high of the night. Service is corteous but slow and mediocre. The food is.... not great... just average. In fact my fish was undercooked... left...about 25% of it because it was raw. The tables are too small for the HUGE plates they serve the TINY food in. Took them about 20 minutes to process my check and payment since we were leaving at rush hour for the night. It's a nice place... but the cool look doesn't make up for the less than average food and service.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 22, 2019 via mobile

Good but not great restaurant. Very nice decoration and setting. The food is sincerely good, but it is definitely not great. It has been very well marketed as the best chef in town. Don’t get me wrong. It is good. However not up to the...best in town. We will be back.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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BotanikoCR, General Manager at Botaniko By Sebastian La Rocca, responded to this reviewResponded December 26, 2019

Thank you for your comment. We hope to see you again.

Reviewed November 24, 2019 via mobile

You will never taste food as good as the one in Botaniko! He made the perfect combination between art and flavors to give you an awesome experience!

Date of visit: November 2019
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BotanikoCR, General Manager at Botaniko By Sebastian La Rocca, responded to this reviewResponded December 26, 2019

From the team of Botaniko, thank you!!! We hope to see you very soon.

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