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Restaurante Whapin

$$ - $$$
Jamaican, Caribbean, Barbecue, Central American, Costa Rican
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Calle 33 | 200 Norte El Farolito, San Jose 2152, Costa Rica
+506 2283 1480
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun 11:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed November 7, 2016

The place is very colorful and very interesting! I love the vibes of the restaurant and the server was very friendly and accomodating. The serving was really big and the taste was so delightful! I recommend you to try their Cassava chips and their seafood dishes! The rice and beans version of this restaurant was really really really nice!

Thank Richelle I
Mexico City, Mexico
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65 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed August 22, 2016

very near to San Jose Downtown, this place bring you the opportunity to let your senses travel to the caribbean... If you are fan or not of the Gallo Pinto, take a chance an discover how the coconut taste and all the caribean flavors get together in harmony

Thank eddiearce
Santa Ana, Costa Rica
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301 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed June 10, 2016

Original and tasty recipes from the caribbean, in a soulful place in a quiet neighbourhood. Perfect for lunch. A bit expensive.

Thank ochassot
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 23, 2016

The second half of our trip was spent on the southern pacific coast of Costa Rica, is was wonderful but away from Caribbean style food. The Whapin, walking distance from our hotel, was the 'one last great meal' before returning home to the US. Nicely decorated, friendly and helpful staff, and excellent food!

Thank Susanne J
San Jose, Costa Rica
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed December 22, 2015

I should have known when I went to the bath room and there were no towels...then the sour faced waitress brought the three of us 2 menues...the rice and beans had no coconut milk nor panameno peppers..just literally rice and beans..with some sort of meat gravy ..is that Caribbean?? It's about the same as calling a peanut butter and jelly... More 

Thank Victor S
San Francisco, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed October 22, 2015 via mobile

I ordered Sopa Whapin, a $13 bowl of broth with a few rotten crayfish and 1/4 ear of corn tossed in (and a spoonful of rice on the side) Total crap, and expensive crap at that.

1 Thank iRufus
San Jose, Costa Rica
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154 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed August 20, 2015 via mobile

I used to frequent this place and quality used to good. The patis were heated by microwave, making the pastry all soggy and soft. The rice and beans was too salty and the chicken tastes funky. The patacones and yuca seemed frozen and bad. If you want an stomach ache, go to Whappin...

Thank lazytravel
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 19, 2015 via mobile

1. There is nothing Caribbean about this restaurant except for the paint (red, yellow and green). 2. After discussing with the only English speaking waiter, we decided to order the rice and beans with tilapia. He said it would cost the same price as the extra large plate with chicken. We agreed and ordered. We ate the food and it... More 

Thank Gabbie A
San Jose, Costa Rica
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed July 17, 2015

I've been to the place several times but the last couple of times, the food wasn't as good as it used to be. The prices are (on some items) somewhat high. The place, however, is cool and the music is nice.

3 Thank Anaxtina
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed January 27, 2015 via mobile

I went today with my family at 6:00 pm and the three of us ordered rice n beans with chicken, the rice n beans had a burned taste like if it was the remaining of the pot in which they cooked the whole amount for the lunch time. The chicken, cassava and fried plantain was ok but not warm enough.... More 

2 Thank Ernesto R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $40
Jamaican, Caribbean, Barbecue, Central American, Costa Rican
Lunch, Late Night, Drinks, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Seating
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 5:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle 33 | 200 Norte El Farolito, San Jose 2152, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of San Jose  >  San Jose Metro  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +506 2283 1480

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