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Le Monastere

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San Jose, Costa Rica
+506 2228 8515
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Reservations needed to secure the best tables with views overlooking the San Jose Central Valley. The food is amazing as is the wine selection. This is a don't miss venue for that special "date night". Look for the massive neon green cross to see the location of this restored monastery.

1 Thank Jack E
New York City, New York
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71 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

It is probably one of the most famous restaurants in San Jose. It is a historical old monastery and has an astonishing view of the city. A very romantic place, candles, and so on...but the food is not so great as they brag about. Just average food and really expensive! Also, they should improve on the service and their staff.

Thank LAschermann
Fresno, California
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016 via mobile

Like others said way overpriced for mediocre food. Average $30-80 a plate. And food was at best ok. Order ceviche mixto, it did not cook in the lime juice long enough and tasted bland. I've had it before and it was much better. I ate the pollo con mango y tequila. It was ok for $28, but should have been... More 

Thank Cwupilot
Murrieta, California
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

So we decided to check out this restaurant based on Tripadvisor ratings as well as a few locals making the suggestion. The positive: The view is pretty cool and it appeared to have a cool bar/restaurant located in a lower section which had potential. The negative: WAY overpriced. For the prices they charge the food should be exceptional, but the... More 

2 Thank dc_951
San Jose, Costa Rica
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44 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

Very nice view, nice setting, pricey and not that good of a food. Very small portions, could be much better. May be next time

1 Thank Ivanariasm
Curitiba, Parana, Brazil
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41 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

Place is wonderful! Food is average and price is high! For tourist is good to go (please check the weather before, otherwise you will see nothing!).

1 Thank wokuba
San Jose, Costa Rica
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2016

Breathtaking views and ideal for a romantic night out. The food is good and the service is usually prompt. We've been there several times and it has stayed pretty consistent. Rare for Costa Rica.

1 Thank joepent
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135 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2016

Dined here with friends because we were told it was the best place to go in Costa Rica. They were so wrong. A party of 4, eating meager meals, cost a small fortune. The portions were small and everything was overpriced. We killed a cucaracha at our table. Granted we are in the tropics, but that has never happened before.... More 

1 Thank Jimmy G
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

A gorgeous setting high atop a hill overlooking all of San Jose. The service is top notch and food is delicious! It is pricey, but worth it if you have a special occasion to celebrate!

Thank Tiffanie P
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2016

Loved the place & food! unbelievable view of the City! Waiter was very kind.. a must go place in Costa Rica....

Thank Nahima M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view, Bar scene, Business meetings
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of San Jose  >  San Jose Metro  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +506 2228 8515

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