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Donde Carlos

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San Jose, Costa Rica
(506) 225-0819
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9 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was a regular client until this year. On February I went with my wife and her friends and the food was OK. After some conversation it seemed that everybody had the same feedback. We sent some feedback by email and they told us that they didn't know what happened and next time should be better. On November, I went... More 

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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

The quality of the food, the ambiance, and the customer service is much much better than Esquina de Buenos Aires. Don't go to Esquina de Buenos Aires for the name, go to Dónde Carlos for quality. Esquina is very very loud, while Dónde Carlos is quiet and private. The meats, the sausages, the wine, and the sangria is much better... More 

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Thank Sebastian S
San Jose, Costa Rica
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228 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2016 via mobile

Everything about this place was great. The meat was simply outstanding, one of the best I ever had. Ask about the options that do not appear in the menu, you might be surprised. Service was also very goood. I would go back anytime.

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Thank corina0210
Miami, Florida
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27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2016 via mobile

An Argentinian restaurant is not the place to go out to eat pasta, and they only have 3 pasta dishes in their menu, but the place on itself is inviting, casual elegance, outmost service and the pasta is cooked to perfection.... What else can one ask for more?

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Thank Mario V
Kansas
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2016

The restaurant was within walking distance for us so we decided to give it a try. From the moment we walked in it was uncomfortable. The staff looked us up and down. Like what are you doing in here. The steaks were raw. Asked for medium and medium well. Mine was tolerable the other was horrifically uncooked.

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Thank rpattonguitars
San Jose, Costa Rica
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115 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2016 via mobile

Went with my family for lunch. Place was very hot no a/c. Prices were high, but once food arrived even more so as portions were small, especially appetizers and salads. Meat was good but sides were small and not what you expect for the price you are paying. Expected more.

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Thank Leonardo N
San Jose, Costa Rica
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2016

Love this place. The service is really good and the food is fantastic. If you ever go there, order the 'rollizo'. This beef cut is really the best in the restaurant and is absolutely recommended. It is juicy, flavorful and the best you can request. My only thing is, the bread... sometimes it seems like they save the bread that... More 

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Thank Chinayes
San Jose, Costa Rica
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61 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2015

Overall this is a great restaurant. The only issue it has, is the inconsistency on what they serve. You may have a perfect rib eye on monday, and order the exact same plate one day later and find a completely different taste. Location is great.

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Thank Fabrizio B
San Jose, Costa Rica
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2015

The food is amazing! And if you're not that into meat, there are plenty of other options you can pick from! Great place to go with family, friends or business! And the service is great!

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Thank Nicole0612
Eugene, Oregon, United States
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2015

Great quiet atmosphere, helpful servers. The entrees are plentiful as well as the main dishes and took me a while to go through whole menu. Like a previous reviewer mentioned I highly recommend the meat empanada, they are out of this world. The top sirloin was excellent and a generous proportion. Good offering of vinos argentinos too. I was very... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $25
Cuisine
Argentinean, Steakhouse, Latin, Barbecue, Spanish, South American
Meals
Dinner, Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of San Jose  >  San Jose Metro  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: (506) 225-0819

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?