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Cafe Mundo

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Calle 15 y Avenida 9 | 200m este y 100m norte del INS, San Jose, Costa Rica
11:00 am - 10:30 am
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Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:30 am
Fri 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sat 5:00 am - 12:00 pm
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151 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

When in San Jose, I try to come to Cafe Mundo. The food is very good with good bi-lingual staff. I also like how they start you with homemade bread with olive oil. The restaurant is on the corner and well hid from unaware tourist. I'm not sure what Yunnan style meals are but I do know that food is... More 

Thank airdronepilot
Campeche, Mexico
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28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked past this restaurant a couple of times before tentatively stepping inside. Lovely waiting staff. Homemade bread with olive oil to start. Jug of tap water produced without asking. We had pasta with beans and roast tomatoes, and pasta with tomato sauce and pesto. Absolutely delicious. You can choose between a large or regular portion of pasta. We had... More 

Thank Travellerduff
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped by on a really rainy night. This was recommended by a local Tico, We never would've found it on our own. Great find beautiful location awesome food!! Great staff...Cindy our server was fantastic!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

It has adequate food and for all tastes, their prices are accessible to all Persons attending provide good service and kindly serve also are suitable facilities have rooms for special activities and may make reservations.

Thank Luis Guillermo M
Santa Monica, California
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

Dont be fooled by its good old ratings, about 7 yeras ago this use to be a great resturant. It has become so mediocre its sad, since the place is in a good location and the space is nice. But the food is really bad, not sure what happened

Thank 667sarahc667
New York, New York, United States
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016 via mobile

Food was perfect. The décor is perfect. The front is no-descript, so make sure to pay attention or you will miss it. The wait staff is very attentive. The prices are great for the level of quality you get.

Thank Michael B
Cartago, Costa Rica
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180 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

this is a nice restaurant good food .I use to hang out here when I stayed at hotel close by 13 years ago. They recognize me and we had nice visit. If you come to San Jose make sure you stop by for friendly and warm people

Thank sueanncanny
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39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016 via mobile

The place was nice and the menu has a lot if choices. I found it a little overpriced but still play. The food delicious and the server was kind too. Only down part is the cocktail....do not order cocktail, have a smoothy or something like that. Overall it was a nice place.

Thank Kukkel
San Jose, Costa Rica
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

We went for dinner. We dressed up. We'd been here before, and had a great experience. This time... it was miserable. Food was horribly over-priced relative to the quality of food actually served. I swear to you it felt like a trailer park meal in a fancy setting. I'm not opposed to paying good money for a high quality meal,... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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68 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

I go to this restaurant every year and it continues to be good. I tend to go early in the evening so am never bothered with any noise (if there is any). The food is always good, good service and I enjoy the atmosphere. There is a patio that you can enjoy too.

Thank 44Cheryl2015

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$100 - $400
Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:30 am
11:00 am - 10:30 am
11:00 am - 10:30 am
11:00 am - 10:30 am
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
5:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle 15 y Avenida 9 | 200m este y 100m norte del INS, San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of San Jose  >  San Jose Metro  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: 2222-6190

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