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El Balcon Del Marisco

Latin, Seafood, Costa Rican, International, South American, Central American, Pacific Rim
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300m Este de Ferreteria Epa Curridabat | 600 Metros Al East de Plaza Del Sol, San Jose 11801, Costa Rica
+506 2280 0095
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
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Costa Rica
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016 via mobile

The shrimp salad was awesome, cooked perfectly. Service was ok, but not great. I'de say this is a great spot for buddies, couples or families. Would I eat there again? Yes the food is ok. This restaurant is in Curridabat, so if you're in San Jose you would have to either drive or take a cab.

Thank Eloim_Ellis
Mexico City, Mexico
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

Nothing fancy, some distance from my hotel ( we stayed downtown) but you get to see a very local restaurant, good prices - try the lobster!

Thank tampico1
San Diego
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

We took a taxi here from our airport hotel, on our last day in Costa Rica. This downtown area is bustling with young folks briskly returning home from the University and bus stops nearby. Situated on a bustling 'walk only' street, it is nice to sit and look out the open air windows and watch the world rush by. By... More 

Thank ChicoBaldo
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 via mobile

This restaurant has been around for ages, and for good reason! Delicious food, fair prices! All the locals know about it. Conveniently located Across from the TacoBell and Pequino Mundo. For the wise patron, order from the bocas menú, (the little menu on the table) a tiny bit smaller portions, but you could fool me, and the prices a quite... More 

Thank Kris W
Clovis, California
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363 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Had a business lunch here. On a balcony overlooking the street below made it quite noisy as its open air. Service was rushed and sporadic. Pricing was good, but expect no frills. Had higher expectations upon arrival. Food came out very fast (as it already prepared?) Was very busy with a lot of locals and business people eating so I... More 

Thank Tracy H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015 via mobile

Best sea food in San Pedro local. The sea food soup is perfect as a starter, then move to the fresh fish. The locals and coworkers recommended this place. During lunch they raffle a table, you could win your table's entire check.

Thank Daniel H
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We went into San Jose specifically to try this oldest restaurant in San Jose and were we pleased. Everything was what it should be -service by Bennett was great, the Cesear Salad was one of the best we have had-food was prepared and presented beautifully.We really wish we had found it earlier in our stay.

Thank Phil S
Heredia, Costa Rica
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74 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

I had a quick dinner with a friend of mine here and it was good as usual. The service always seems a little cold however and they have never really done anything about it. The waiters go on gabbing and gabbing between themselves like the clients are not even there but I am kind of used to it now. The... More 

Thank Chris B
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26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

This is a wonderful restaurant for seafood/fish that ALWAYS has people at any hour of the day. The food is consistently excellent. Only problem is that it would be somewhat "off-the-beaten path" for a tourist. . . but definitely worthwhile. Have been there many many times and still enjoy going there for a very good meal.

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34 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014 via mobile

Delicious food, great service, fair priced considering the quality... Food comes out fast. Highly recommend the ceviches, mariscos soup, fried shrimp with tartar sauce... It all goes great with the fun chilled bar feel and the local beers

Thank Kmdurini

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$6 - $39
Latin, Seafood, Costa Rican, International, South American, Central American, Pacific Rim
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 300m Este de Ferreteria Epa Curridabat | 600 Metros Al East de Plaza Del Sol, San Jose 11801, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of San Jose  >  San Jose Metro  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +506 2280 0095
Our variety, freshness and unique and distinctive flavor, make El Balcon del Marisco, is the meeting point for lovers of good food and those who like an original atmosphere to enjoy a moment to remember with family or friends.

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