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L'Olivo

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300m norte del ICE | Sabana Norte, San Jose, Costa Rica
2232 9440
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really good!! Over all great place, good service, the pastas are amazing, the veal is really really good and love the antipasti platter!!!

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Thank Sharon J
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Small Italian restaurant that is beautifully decorated and offers 5 star food and service. Our small group was able to be seated quickly in this busy restaurant and our appetizers and entrees were to die for. The service was outstanding and I would love to eat here again!!

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Thank TheYelllowDart
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I'm gluten free / intolerance and my girlfriend is vegetarian and they took care of us. Highly recommend the gluten free pene pasta!

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Thank JR O
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

The food was good! But too expensive for what it is. The pasta is at 6500-8500 colones, so 13-17 dollars, which may seem like a decent price for some, but it was a very simple dish.

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Thank Timmy L
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

Wow wow and wow! Just what we needed the food was fantastic and Danni's service was first class. Some of the best Italian I have eaten!

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Thank Kerrie7969
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

The food in Costa Rica is atrocious! Basic and boring, yes Gallo Pinto for breakfast every day doesn't satisfied your craving for something tasting fir yes and your belly Finally we reach our last destination in Costa Rica, San Jose. We booked at the L'Olivo quite skeptical. Wow what a surprise! OK it's the a Michelin Star restaurant! But a... More 

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Thank Mypinkcakea
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

After two weeks in Central America, this was just what I needed. great food perfectly prepared. I got the Fish Siciliano. It was hot throughout, flaky, but not overcooked, and quite moist.

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Thank David B
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016 via mobile

Authentic Italian place, excellent decoration, the same as any restaurant you can find in Rome or Naples. But the MOST IMPORTANT, the food is DELICIOUS! I can recommend the Panna cotta, is the best I have ever had in my life, I've been in different places in Italy and never taste something like that! Lasagna is very good and antipasto... More 

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Thank Jorge R
Spokane, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

Excellent food and service. Good vegetarian options. We found a baby gecko on our table hiding under a plate after we ate. Cute thing but the staff I think was a bit embarrassed (hey its a tropical country what can you expect). The place was very clean and nice so I am sure this does not happen often. The only... More 

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Thank rivas370
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

Service is good. Dishes are not real Italian but not bad at all. Very convenient for Cristina's gests to have a fancy food.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$25
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Dinner, Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 300m norte del ICE | Sabana Norte, San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of San Jose  >  San Jose Metro  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: 2232 9440

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