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Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, Spanish
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North Laguna Fraijanes, on the way to Poas Volcano. 1km, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a very traditional place in Costa Rica. First off, do try the Tortilla Aliñada, a nice local delicacy and they know how to make it (if you like cheese, get it with extra cheese). Then enjoy the local cuisine, and most of all, get great service that will make you feel like you are part of their family.

Thank Jack R
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's a must for every time I go to CR. Their staff is super helpful and patient. I traveled with my husband and 6 nieces and they were amazing. The food never disappoints. If you go, I doubt you would say it wasn't worth it. It has a trail down to a river right next to it and a big... More 

Thank GabyBabb
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

This restaurant had come very well recommended to us by a friend, but I found it to be a let down. The location was very beautiful and service was fine. The menu had a good selection, but the food was not worth the price. I think I paid around 6,000 colones (around $12 USD) for a sub par casado plate.... More 

Thank Jenny P
Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

Had a wonderful lunch with my family. The food (local/tipica) was great, the place very nice and service excellent. A must on your next visit to Poas Volcano!

Thank tico75
Alajuela, Costa Rica
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

Good food, little expensive and quite long line to get a table. They have typical Costa Rican dishes. It's really close to the Poas Volcano. Be aware that if you are in a hurry and/or lack patience, you will get a little annoyed by the amount of time you'll have to wait just to get a table 30-45mins (standing outside).

Thank zepablo
Miami, FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

My traveling companion and I had a late lunch here after a day spent at Poas Volcano National Park. All was very clean; the service was very attentive (we were the only ones there at 3pm and they closed up as we were leaving). The open air dining area overlooks the beautiful gardens. We both had casados (rice, beans, chicken,... More 

Thank Palmisto
Alajuela, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

Went there for breakfast a couple times. Simply the best gallo pinto and eggs I've had in a long time. Tortillas are a must. Coffee is great and the hot chocolate with cinnamon is delicious. Free parking in the middle of the trees so be careful. The place is very traditional, with rustic furniture but still confortable. The service is... More 

Thank allanngccc
San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

This is the perfect place to stop by after a visit to the Poas volcano, La Paz Waterfall garden or Doka Coffee tour. The food is very fresh and typical and well prepared. The only glitch is that the menu is not in English and the waitress we had spoke very little English but you car hardly go wrong with... More 

Thank Like2travel88
Copenhagen, Denmark
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016 via mobile

I had a nice snack up there. It is full of people who enjoy some typical food. I give it 3 dots because is rustic way that looks somewhat not finished. But it is a place i would stop by again.

Thank Alin P
Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016

We arrived in the beginning of Easter Week and didn't have trouble finding a spot, I understand that on a regular weekend people wait on line to get a spot. Everything was delicious and big portions. For appetizers we had Tortilla alineada which was great, plaintain empanadas- delicious, and regular empanadas - the cheese ones were better than the rest.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, Spanish
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Validated Parking
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: North Laguna Fraijanes, on the way to Poas Volcano. 1km, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Alajuela
  • Phone Number: 24822280
This restaurant had the best food and service of all the places where we ate in Costa Rica. Family owned and always on site. Cozy, very clean, and surrounded by beautiful vegetation. Friendly and helpful staff. I highly recommend the casados, a local dish - delicious! I ate it in other restaurants but it couldn't be compared to Chubascos. I swear I could eat that every day. For dessert, try the home made apple pie (Costa Rican apples) and the arroz con leche. Ah, and do not forget to try their natural fruit drinks. Their coffee is pretty good too.

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