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Restaurante & Bbqq El Chicote

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Sabana Metropolitan Park | Right Across National Stadium, San Jose, Costa Rica
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2016 via mobile

I've visited this place for almost 30 years and food plus service are among the best in the country. Meet is their specialty but customer could try seafood or poultry and is also great. Service is just fantastic, very friendly and professional doesn't matter if we go alone, with family or for business. Absolutely great!

Thank Juan E
Beijing, China
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2016

Classic restaurant. Service is excellent and food is solid. Have been coming here since childhood years and I've always walked out happy from this place.

Thank gotang20
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2016

It used to be a very good restaurant but one week ago we went there for lunch... Disapointed because I order the specialt y of the house, Baby Beef -medium- and it came almost raw. I had to return it. In the kitchen they opened it in two and that completely ruined the dish. But was also a meat flavorless... More 

Thank Gerardo E
Seattle, Washington
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2015

This restaurant has been around forever, its very classy, quiet and service is great here. The food is very good it's perfect for a nice quiet evening dinner for two.

Thank KGoede
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2015

We were just walking along to find a place to eat. We found the right one! Very nice and the waiter was very gentleman to chat with. Food was great!

Thank Joposki
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117 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2015 via mobile

El Chicote is a very old restaurant, once was a trendy business and Sunday family meeting restaurants, I'm a meat lover and recently visited the Chicote twice in a month and really the meat is not that good but is very pricey, I'm sure that you can get less expensive and tasty cuts the service is very good most of... More 

Thank David P
San Jose, Costa Rica
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65 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2015

This place is a classic in San José. It has good food, with a very local style. The service is great, friendly. I enjoy the typical side dishes the most: platains, black beans, etc.

Thank RAG19
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2015

We were recommend to dine here by a family we met on the flight to San Jose, we were not disappointed. We dined on 8 occasions hence sampling delicious food, some very new to us as we are from the UK. Every meal was served by courteous staff and we met the owner a very pleasant helpful lady, her daughter's... More 

Thank FRANKLIN4752
Atenas, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2014

Of course my salad and salmon encrusted in almonds was a delicious meal, but as a sweets lover, the Coconut Flan was the best I have ever eaten! And my friend's steak looked so good I kind of wished I ordered it!

Thank Charlie D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2014

I went here on a business meeting and being a non-tico, I had never tried the pejibayes because I was advised against it. Apparently is a very local palate. Well let me tell you that the soup and the rib eye were excellent. Meat cooked to perfection and that local soup ain´t not that local anymore.

Thank Pinaman

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $50
Steakhouse, Seafood, International, Barbecue, South American, Costa Rican
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Sabana Metropolitan Park | Right Across National Stadium, San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of San Jose  >  San Jose Metro  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: 22-32-09-36
Restaurant EL CHICOTE, is iconic to our city, and a "must" to your visit in Costa Rica- In our 52TH ANNIVERSARY, This family owned, restaurant, where you can find the most traditional dishes, to international inspired cooking. We offer fine steaks, USDA, fish and seafood, salads, vegetarian and some gluten free options. Our specialty: good service, high quality for a reasonable price.All taxes and tips included in your bill.

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