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The Open Kitchen

Santa Elena 60101, Costa Rica
+506 2645 5775
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good12%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible6%
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“shawarma” (7 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Street Food, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Santa Elena 60101, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Not only is this place very aesthetically pleasing, the food is great! Different menu than we've seen anywhere else. Twists on Greek food, with some central american flair. The chicken souvlaki was served with harissa dip and housemade tzatziki on the best pita I've ever...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Lia D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went into the restaurant because of the nice interior and the good ratings on TripAdvisor. Unfortunately we were disappointed by the poor service. It took forever to receive the food (only two sandwiches). The service personal seemed confused and all overwhelmed. Moreover also the...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank stagesixcup
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was very much looking forward to going here. We'd looked at the menu and it seemed very appealling. We also liked the look of the craft beers. On entering, all I could smell was weed. My senses then we're on high alert. I'm not interested...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank rosiefutures
Uriel_Ronen, Owner at The Open Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I do not even know where to start from ;) You did not talk to me or ate here and you wrote the funniest review ever!! :) Are you serious??? Weed??? About the No Alcohol - YES it is simple as it says on the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were beckoned on the street the day before we actually went by a very laid back and friendly manager. When we did go back for lunch the following day the menu was confusing because lots of alcoholic drinks were listed with a sticker saying...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank duncanharriss
Uriel_Ronen, Owner at The Open Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello, It is very simple. I will explain: We opened the restaurant wanting to serve beers and wine but the municipality after few weeks told us that due to having less than 100 meters from the church the Costa Rican law do not permit it!...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Food: was great! Chicken fingers: crispy and tasty. Fish n chips: super lightly battered, fresh, and flavorful. Ambiance: clean-looking, felt great. Service: 😭😭. The server (a young guy) stayed seated at the counter as we walked in, unfriendly with a look of inconvenience, told...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Cici63
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was standing outside looking at the menu. The owner happened to walk by. He asked me what I was looking for. I told him that I didn't see breakfast on the menu. He said, "Of course we have breakfast. Come on in and tell...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Joan S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food took over 40 minutes to come out and it wasn’t even busy. Then the server disappeared for 15 min as soon as our food was served so we couldn’t even ask for ketchup. Can’t believe a restaurant like this even exists. Food was very...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank ryan101001
Uriel_Ronen, Owner at The Open Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello, Sorry for your experience and thank you for your review. I just talked to the waiter that did it. He went to buy something that was missing at the kitchen. A big mistake! Sorry. The delivery from a closed by store is made every...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Being a healthy, picky vegetarian, I really appreciated this restaurant after many days of margarine in Costa Rican food. My belly felt great (finally!) after a salad and hummus with fresh baked bread. It was fresh, healthy, flavorful, and the ambiance was modern and clean....More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Shana B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First the kitchen is open so you can see that it is super clean. The food is excellent and the service as well. The best food we had in Costa Rica.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank oferr2014
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I ordered the Azteca soup and it was to die for. So tasty. Full of flavour with gorgeous crisp tortilla on the side for sprinkling on top. 10/10. The location is great also and it's really nicely decorated. Lots of cool little homemade touches. It...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank GeenaMae95
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  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $15
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Santa Elena 60101, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Monteverde  >  Santa Elena
  • Phone Number: +506 2645 5775
The Open Kitchen is located at the heart of Santa Elena / Monteverde and offers a variety of fresh / farm to table dishes such as: Couscous, Falafel, Sahwarma, Hamburger, Fish and Chips, Hummus, Kebab as long as many Vegi options. At the restaurant tickets are offered to different activities in the area (Zip lines, Coffee and Night Tour etc').
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