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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Dont skip this place if visiting San Jose! Great meals, good value, and very helfpul kind and attentive staff.

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed May 22, 2020

We appreciated this restaurant which offered gluten-free dishes, we ate very well, freshness of the products, nice welcome, quality service and they helped us in the choice of our tourist visits

Date of visit: March 2020
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JimmyZ66, Owner at Cafe Rojo, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2020

Thsalco Thank you for your kind review. Glad we could helped!

Reviewed March 21, 2020 via mobile

I was staying the Radisson and there's a definite lack of food options nearby, so Cafe Rojo was great. I actually went for lunch twice, I had the chicken bun and aubergine bun. Stars of the show was the passion fruit tart - so good....Also had the iced coffee with ginger which was super strong and delicious. Great placeMore

Date of visit: March 2020
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JimmyZ66, Owner at Cafe Rojo, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2020

Thanks for your kind review. We're glad you enjoyed our offer. ;)

Reviewed March 10, 2020

We had our first dinner after arriving in San Jose here, and it was terrific. I had fish over a delicious salad; my wife had Vietnamese noodles, w/peanuts, lettuce, radishes and shitake mushrooms. My wife did say the mushrooms were a bit "rubbery," but all...in all very good. We stopped there a few days later just for a couple beverages after a hot walk around S.J.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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jimmyz526, Owner at Cafe Rojo, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2020

Thanks Robert for taking the time to review us. We really love seeing people coming back after a first visit.

Reviewed February 24, 2020

We were quite happy and lucky to happen upon this restaurant purely by chance one day in February 2020. We had a banh mi sandwich with fish, and a noodle bowl, also with fish. Both were fresh, good quality, and quite tasty. We were provided...with a variety of sauces to spice things up to our liking. We also had a couple of fresh fruit drinks made from a local type of guava called "Cas". It was a sour drink, and quite tasty. Service was pleasant and quick. And the price was quite reasonable, considering the generally high prices in Costa Rica: About 25 bucks for our two dishes, plus two drinks each. In the unlikely event I ever return to San Jose, I'll definitely try to make it here for lunch one day. RecommendedMore

Date of visit: February 2020
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JimmyZ66, Owner at Cafe Rojo, responded to this reviewResponded March 2, 2020

Thanks for your review!

Reviewed February 9, 2020

Throughly enjoyed the service and food. Asian style with great spices. Fresh juices was great Carrot cake was perfect too

Date of visit: February 2020
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Jimz1982, Owner at Cafe Rojo, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2020
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Thanks Erika. ;)

Reviewed February 7, 2020 via mobile

I went there initially for coffee and I liked the atmosphere and the friendliness of the waiter. Then I decided to have a meal (the costarican comida with chicken). Once the dish arrived the chicken smelled funny, I took a bite (stupidly) to try and...it was horrible. I went and told the waiter to complain and he said that no their chicken was fresh and that it was probably the sauce that smelled. I am pretty sure my stomach ache after an hour confirms that the chicken was bad..More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Jimz1982, Owner at Cafe Rojo, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2020

Dear Evi. I am truly sorry you got sick in Costa Rica. We serve lots of chicken every day therefore we buy it daily from our supplier. I'll review the whole handling process just in case. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience

Reviewed February 3, 2020 via mobile

Small with long tables and cheery decor. The staff and owner are lovely people and so helpful. The menu has many cold and coffee drinks, no liquor license, and four main dishes including sandwiches, rice noodles, rice bowl or salad, with your choice of pork...meatballs, smoked trout and one other I can’t remember. Plus you can add shiitake mushrooms. The result is a filling but light dinner at a fantastic price with wonderful tastes. The cold fruit drinks are made on site to order and have flavours beyond the imagination. Say hello to Cassandra the waitress for us and ask her advice on ordering. Many vegan desserts that will have you drooling.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 1, 2020

This is a very casual place. Chose a base (salad, grain or sandwich) and a topping (meat, fish or vegetable). I had the eggplant which was delicious.

Date of visit: January 2020
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JimmyZ66, Owner at Cafe Rojo, responded to this reviewResponded March 2, 2020

Thanks for reviewing us! The eggplant is soooo tasty! I love it too.

Reviewed January 14, 2020 via mobile

I do not know why people are writing such positive reviews for this place. We both had the bun bowl with chicken. At the bottom of the bowl was a sweet...yuck teriyaki sauce. Everything sweet. They even served hoisen sauce on the side. Where was...the good fish sauce? Really nasty. Did not order any coffee...maybe that was good. Took forever to get our food as well. We were there about 1:15 on a Tuesday. Worst meal here....More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Jimz1982, Propriétaire at Cafe Rojo, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2020

Dear Jana I am sorry to hear that we did not fulfill your expectations. You are right about the sauce, we normally serve the fish sauce along with the hoisin and siracha sauces. The sour sauce its supposed to balance the dish flavours but I...More

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Response from Jimz1982 | Property representative |
San José downtown on avenida 7, Calle 3, green house with a massive cactus. You can check it out on gmaps under Café Rojo, San José.
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Its on Avenida 7 near Calle 1, a block or two west of the Hotel Santo Tomas, which you can find on Google maps.
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