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La Criollita

) #27 of 568 Restaurants in San Jose $$ - $$$ Latin, ,
Avenida 7 | Between Calle 7 and 9, San Jose 10101, Costa Rica
+506 2256 6511
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good45%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“soup” (13 reviews)
“sea bass” (9 reviews)
Open Now
6:30 am - 9:00 pmAll hours
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Avenida 7 | Between Calle 7 and 9, San Jose 10101, Costa Rica
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1 - 10 of 117 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were staying at the Hotel Santo aromas, which I would recommend to anyone who wants to get away from the chaos in central San Jose. This restaurant was recommended by the staff at the hotel, which normally raises red flags for me, but it...More

Thank Anne W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I found in this restaurant a bigger variety of local dishes than in other parts of Costa Rica. They also have a good number of local and imported beer and wine. Not super fancy but I'm surely going back if I return to San José...More

Thank Christian O
Reviewed May 20, 2017

Nondescript place in downtown SJ. We were seated right away, served with a smile and took the suggestions of the waitress. Their menu special offered variety (I had a beef dish, very tender & tasty and my friend had chicken), and also included a beverage,...More

Thank MrsCsqd
Reviewed May 12, 2017

I ate at La Criolitta twice (breakfast and lunch), both experiences excellent. The price was right--the portions massive--the quality of the food exceptional. Breakfast consisted of melt in your mouth steak and eggs (rice & beans--coffee, juice...). Lunch was sea bass in garlic sauce with...More

Thank kentwallace
Reviewed May 7, 2017 via mobile

Today we went to the restaurant. Greta place to eat and have a nice family chat. Great variety of local breakfast.

Thank Patricio B
Reviewed April 27, 2017 via mobile

After a very long day arriving from the UK we went for a meal and beer as it was near the hotel. Tasty food and plenty of it. Friendly staff too. Two main courses and two small beers came to 15000 colones, so not cheap...More

Thank jimnhet
Reviewed March 27, 2017

This is a great lunch spot. It is spacious with many tables. It however has several rooms of a nice size. The lunch crowd appears to be mostly locals on lunch break. The choices at lunch time include specials. There are a variety of things...More

Thank Don. T
Reviewed March 13, 2017

I really enjoyed a recent supper at this downtown diner. The food was indeed typically Costa Rican, although I was pleased to find Chilean wine available by glass or bottle, at a decent price.

Thank james123griffin
Reviewed February 15, 2017

Rice,beans, salad, grilled chicken and plantains. Yummy. Strawberry milkshake was so good we ordered another. Our waitress was super friendly too.

Thank lawlessgal
Reviewed January 29, 2017 via mobile

We stayed at an Airbnb less than a block from this restaurant. On an early Sunday morning, we were the only diners in the place. There was a sufficient variety of options for breakfast at reasonable prices. Our server was bilingual and very accommodating.

Thank ptesche
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Joanie C
Not a question, but an observation. The location of the restaurant shown on the map is incorrect. It is further to the east, between Calle 7 and 9, just north of Parque Morazon.
June 21, 2016|
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Response from jahute | Reviewed this property |
the black dot is way off. it should be located on avenida 1 by parque morazon. i dont know the direction on this map but is just below and to the left of morazon. we ate there last month.
Can you put a picture of the menu on the website?
April 17, 2016|
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Response from SVC_911 | Reviewed this property |
I don't have a picture either, but this is the description from 10Best, which is very accurate: "The fare is traditional Costa Rican; generous portions of meat, chicken and fish with rice, beans and salad on the side, and... More
What is the most popular traditional dish at La Criollita?
February 3, 2016|
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Response from Sara C | Reviewed this property |
Right at this moment, I cannot recall the name. But I do remember that I asked exactly the same question to the waiter and he gave me the best and most tadicional dish of La Criollita.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $30
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Large groups, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 5:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Avenida 7 | Between Calle 7 and 9, San Jose 10101, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of San Jose  >  San Jose Metro  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +506 2256 6511
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