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Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Tuscan, Central-Italian
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My family was in Santa Teresa for 1 week visiting from San Diego. Looking up trip advisor restaurant reviews i would see a lot of “this is the best restaurant in Santa Teresa.” We atelunch and dinner out for 7 days and dined at all...the most trendy and highest rated restaurants. Most were very good, and some were good but forgettable. On our last night I looked on Trip Advisor for Italian, and after reading that this restaurant has homemade pasta, we went here. It is a very casual restaurant with an intimate ambiance outdoors. A young husband and wife own the restaurant and they are also the servers. This is a family run restaurant with all homemade pasta/raviolis etc. Being a vegetarian I ordered the pear arugula salad, and spinach ricotta raviolis. They were delicious and so light that the raviolis literally melted in my mouth. My husband had the steak tenderloin and calamari, he absolutely loved how fresh and flavorful his food was. My son had potato filled raviolis with pesto which was very unique and delicious. The bread they serve is homemade and mouthwatering as well. With all this said we ate at all the best restaurants in Santa Teresa, but this one was our absolute FAVORITE hands down. Our only regret is that we didn’t find it sooner. The owners Luz and her husband Marco are so incredibly humble, and passionate about their homemade pasta and food. You can taste the love in their dishes. They did say they are closing in late august and relocating to Manzanilla and building a new restaurant. When we return this will be the first restaurant we go to. Thank you Luz and Marco for making our last night in Santa Teresa so memorable with your incredibly passionate and delicious food! We will follow you on IG to find your new restaurant. Jennifer and MarcoMore

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed May 26, 2022

From the first steps up to the top tier to our table my best friend and I had an incredible dining experience! Luz the co owner with her husband (the chef) ensured our entire dining experience was top notch. She has a wonderful and joyous...nature that can only come from doing what you love. Her passion for the restaurant matched by her husbands passion for creating amazing dishes was felt throughout the entire dining experience. Every course was a delight and matched with Luz explaining the dishes and sharing laughs with us. The final touch was a complimentary toast with an after dinner drink. Cannot recommend higher marks for this amazing family run jewel in N Playa Santa Teresa!More

Date of visit: May 2022
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emiliano838, Propietario at Restaurante Al Chile Viola, responded to this reviewResponded May 29, 2022

Thanks so much !!! Is true is a passion for us!!! The most importante thing ..have Happy clients

Reviewed April 10, 2022 via mobile

We were there several times over several years. The food and service were amazing. Such a chill vibe with the evening breeze and gentle music. A must if you are in Santa Teresa! We miss it and will be back to eat there every time...we go. Pura Vida👍❤️🥰More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed March 28, 2022 via mobile

THE best restaurant in Santa Teresa. Ambiance is magical, food is stellar, service is knowledgeable about entire menu, drinks are creative and fresh. We’ve been here a handful of times and it is consistently excellent. Gracias!

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 3, 2022 via mobile

Best restaurant in Santa Teresa! The food is absolutely amazing and the service is top notch! It is clear that a lot of love goes into each and every item that leaves the kitchen. We have dined here several times over the past 6 years...and continue to be blown away each time! We cannot wait to come back again next year! Pura VidaMore

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed February 24, 2022

The food, atmosphere, and service was amazing at this restaurant. Our server, Vilda, was awesome. She was very knowledgeable about the menu and gave us some great advice on places to go in the area. Will definitely return if we ever get the chance to...come back to Santa Teresa!More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed February 23, 2022 via mobile

The food and service are the best! The family that owns the restaurant are awesome people!! We live close by and eat there frequently, be sure to stop by!

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed February 1, 2022 via mobile

Simple and special italian food. The pork lambs were one of the best dishes we have tasted. Great service. Great food. Great atmosphere

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed December 16, 2021

I have dined at Al Chile Viola twice in a week. Loved the atmosphere and enjoyed talking with Luz, co-owner and wife of the Italian chef. You will love the tuna carpaccio! It’s marinated in passion fruit, lime, olive oil and capers. The seabass is...a symphony and I will let you discover it, should you chose to go fish all way. Pitty I don’t eat meat, couse I was told the beef carpaccio was equally good and the roasted pork rested for hours in an apple, tamarind sauce…. But who knows, maybe I will make an exception after more than 2 glasses of their very good Chianti🤭 So enjoy!More

Date of visit: December 2021
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emiliano838, Propietario at Restaurante Al Chile Viola, responded to this reviewResponded December 21, 2021
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Reviewed July 29, 2021 via mobile

AMAZING! The food was really good! The best restaurant we went to in our holiday in Costa Rica. We loved every minute. Our waitress Alice was really nice and made us feel at home the second we stepped in the restaurant. Thanks for this experience...and we will be back!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 18, 2021 via mobile

Al Chile Viola is always on my list when I visit Santa Teresa. Last night's dinner did not disappoint. All my favorites were spectacular: beef carpaccio, caprese salad, and eggplant Parmesan as well as bull's balls ravioli and grilled octopus with roasted pumpkin. And of...course, a Bailey's frozen for dessert. Chef Emiliano and his wife Luz are always friendly, the service is wonderful, and the atmosphere is charming. As always, we will return on our next trip!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 12, 2021

Great specials & service. Got the yellowfin special and it was a huge portion. Two thumbs up! Highly recommend

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed June 23, 2021

Good Italian food. Beautiful atmosphere. The thing to get here is apparently the bull balls ravioli, which is actually very tender and not bad. I had eggplant parm appitizer, which was very tasty.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 22, 2021

I have been coming to Santa Teresa for more than 15 years and everytime I come, I cant wait to visit Chef Emiliano and his lovely wife Luz. Amazing food, amazing ingredients, warm service and attention to detail. I am not sure how Emiliano manages...to get the quality ingredients he gets to this remote location but he does and he cooks like the best in New York or London but ....in Santa Teresa quite far from these ritzy locations and their plentiful ingredient supply options. Not only is hands down the best food in town but also has the warmth, ambiance and cozyness that completes the package for me. If I would be a Michelin Star judge I would give them one!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed May 18, 2021 via mobile

OMG this food!!!! One of the people from my hotel was saying how great this food was and I wasn’t that excited because I’m not a huge foodie person. All I can say is that my mind changed very quickly. I started with the Tuna...Tartare and it might have been the best thing I’ve ever eaten. Absolutely breathtaking. For main course I had the Duck and again I was blown away. I love duck and I’ve never had duck that good. My dinner mate had the grilled octopus with a pumpkin sauce and it was mind blowing as well. My mate said this place should have a Michelin star and I agree. The chef is a classically trained Italian and to have this level of cuisine in a little Costa Rican beach town is an experience you must have. When we got the bill I expected it to cost 4 times as much as it did and it would have been worth that much but it was actually super affordable. If you are in Santa Teresa, or heck on the Nicoya Peninsula, you must go here!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Restaurante Al Chile Viola is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5