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Soda Jaco Rustico

Certificate of Excellence
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican
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1/2 Block off Of Jaco Beach, Jaco, Costa Rica
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Lodi, California
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We arrived early after seeing reviews on Trip Advisor and a recommendation from the front desk clerk at our hotel. We arrived a bit before the lunch crowd, had the "casedo" (one beef one chicken - both were excellent!). The longer we sat there enjoying the food the more locals kept arriving. It was packed by the time we left.... More 

Thank Kurt A
Toronto, Canada
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Received a few recommendations to go here, so we did and it was good. Ordered the casados (price includes a drink). Quite filling and reasonably priced. I would go back if I return to Jaco.

Thank SLS_22222
Bainbridge Island, Washington
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223 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 222 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We went to breakfast here after our hotel staff made a strong recommendation. The food was average although very reasonable. Not gourmet but edible and the staff was very accommodating.

Thank Tom H
Minot, North Dakota
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100 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016 via mobile

I went to eat there because everyone l asked they recommended this place. But food was disgusting. All they have is CASADOS which is a plate that has rice, beans, plantains, salad or picadillo and a meat to chose it could be beef, pork, fish or chicken. Well, l ordered my with chicken and guess what my chicken was raw.... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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37 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed my typical CR breakfast this morning. Buffet style setup with a majority of customers locals. Good food and loved the local feel. Not a lot of English speaking folks here but challenge yourself to figure out the process. You'll be glad you checked it out.

Thank Perry C
Vancouver, Canada
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132 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

We had lunch here. Food was quick, tasty, and inexpensive. The Cas (guava juice) was very refreshing! It is cafeteria style dining. You line up, pick your food, then pay. Lots of locals seem to eat there.

Thank Disneygroupie
Bel Air, Maryland
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

This place was just around the corner from where we were staying, decided to give it a try. Ate breakfast here twice. The food had good flavor and price were fairly inexpensive. Variety could have been a bit better but good overall.

Thank Moose21014
Los Angeles, California
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

Excellent value, while restaurant foods tend to be higher in Costa Rica (especially in Jaco), this place offers excellent value. While we were walking/shopping along the main street, we asked the shop keepers, where do they go to eat lunch. Every of them said "Rusticos". This said enough. But make sure to find the table under the fan, it tends... More 

Thank no_contestar
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

Jaco Rustico looks and feels like a local, not tourist restaurant. It is what Americans would call cafeteria-style - get in a line with tray, see what you like, and order it. It is not a serve-yourself buffet. Southerners like me would call it a "meat and three." In fact, that's exactly how I would describe it - a Costa... More 

Thank ALTrvlr
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016

This is a must stop at local restaurant right off the beach service delicious authentic food. Lunch is a plate lunch containing rice, beans and 2 other sides I.e. Fish, chicken, fried plantains, coleslaw, etc. The price for the plate lunch is about $6.00 and is more than you can eat. Counter service is friendly although they don't speak English... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids, Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1/2 Block off Of Jaco Beach, Jaco, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Jaco

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?