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Jalapenos Central

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Mts South of Post Office 50, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
+506 2430 4027
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Alajuela, Costa Rica
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Eaten here a few times and have never been disappointed. The service was friendly and the Owner would take the time to great many of the guests. Reasonably priced.

Thank Robert_Hick
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From the cute, quirky atmosphere to the singing chefs and personable owner, (Hi, Norman!) and most of all the truly outstanding food, this place has it all! It is in what used to be a smallish storefront on one of the old streets in the center of town so it is a bit small. However the service is quick and... More 

Thank Dom I
Perrysburg, Ohio
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58 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Jalpénos Central offers great Tex/Mex fare in Alajuela. The ambiance and decor of this small restaurant are wonderful, and the place is apparently almost always crowded. The proprietor and servers are very friendly, and the food is good, with generous portions. Several of us had the Monster Burrito (El Burrito Monstruoso en español, I think), and left the restaurant satisfied... More 

Thank SMartHistorian
San Jose, California
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

My family and I dined here on our last night of a long vacation in Costa Rica. We first spent some time walking around Alajuela’s Central Park (watch for falling mangoes!) and the surrounding shops. The restaurant is a few blocks off the main square. As mentioned in other reviews, it’s a small place and the walls are covered in... More 

Thank andyfeinstein
Cabuya, Montezuma
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

The owner, Norman, sent many years in New York and being a very friendly guy, this is reflected by his staff and the atmosphere in his restaurant. The food is good, reasonably priced, wide ranging Tex<ex menu with excellent desserts. He recently opened "Patacones" a few doors away. He and his wife isabella also have a very pleasant B&N a... More 

Thank MiguelBritannico
Cartago, Costa Rica
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

Is a small place. Confy ... good customer service. .. interesting place tho. So mexican of course 😂 food amazing. Love ittttttt! Love the nachos yummm

Thank Pamela M
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

Wonderful, quaint little restaurant with delicious Tex Mex food! Friendly staff & many speak English and menu is in English as well as Spanish Loved it, Thanks Norman!

Thank March M
Santa Cruz, California
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194 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Great little quasi-fast food TexMex place just a few blocks north of the Central Park In Alajuela. Fish tacos (Mahi-Mahi), enchiladas, patticones, etc. -- plus full assortment of beers to wash it down. Friendly, comfortable place with about a dozen tables - recommended if you want a quick affordable meal out.

Thank brocdog
Alajuela, Costa Rica
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

Food is very good because it is home-made, and the portions are middle size. They also serve fast-food.

Thank ALucia S
Grecia, Costa Rica
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Fun atmosphere, great food, super helpful owner. For those unfamiliar with the parking in Alajuela, be sure to inquire to avoid tickets.

Thank cr15

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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
Average prices
$2 - $9
Mexican, Latin
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mts South of Post Office 50, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Alajuela
  • Phone Number: +506 2430 4027
Open 7 days a week. Mon- sat 11:30-9:00 pm Sun 11:30-8:00 pm Accept credit cards except American express

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?