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“the best in Atenas”
Review of Balcon de Cafe

Balcon de Cafe
Ranked #2 of 51 Restaurants in Atenas
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Atenas, Costa Rica
Level 5 Contributor
76 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“the best in Atenas”
Reviewed November 1, 2012

owned and run by one of the most gracious hosts ever, Melanie, this place is the best place for Atenas locals and tourists to enjoy great food (try the 'russian cake') and coffee (or hot chocolate for non coffee drinkers - the best i have ever had!). Her bread is wonderful - buy a loaf of the whole wheat with flax seed to take home AND she has German sausage for sale! I always go here after the local farmers market on Fridays for my weekly serving of hot chocolate and russian cake and, often, the daily special. Last week it was squash soup with potatoes and avacados - absolutely delish!!!! Melanie speaks Spanish, German and English fluently so you feel 'at home' with her...and her staff also speaks English! Also, for you smokers - there a 2 tables outside the cafe itself where you can eat AND smoke - and they are away from the "regular" tables so you don't bother anyone (no second-hand smoke!)

  • Visited October 2012
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Atenas, Costa Rica
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“The very best in Atenas”
Reviewed October 14, 2012

Locals and tourists all enjoy this special cafe in Atenas, Costa Rica. You just will not find better food anywhere! Whether you order one of the delicious plates offered on the "special of the day"; or choose from their menu, you can be assured of loving every bite! This open air balcony cafe is teeming with friendly folks. Melanie and her girls always greet everyone with a warm welcome and big smiles. Not only do they serve the best food including desserts, they provide a fun relaxed atmosphere where just going for a cup of coffee and sweet treat turns into a pleasurable experience.

  • Visited October 2012
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1 Thank Sharon B
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Costa Rica
Level 5 Contributor
45 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Charming and always excellent”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

Balcon de Cafe is always charming, with great service and excellent cuisine. Especially breakfast with the best toast in town! I buy their bread to take home. I also regularly buy their mini-quiches ... get them frozen and enjoy all week long! Melanie's desserts are the best in town, hands down!

Visited August 2012
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1 Thank Gringa-tica28
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Lewes, Delaware
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Excellent food, service and view”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

My husband and I have been there three times so far and will be back for several more. I un stood that the owner is German, and some of the food items are indicative of that. The are having October Fest in October and you can be sure we will be there!
A must when in Atenas.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Claudia B
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Atenas, Costa Rica
1 review
“A must do!”
Reviewed September 14, 2012

Balcon de Cafe which we call "Melanie's". Is our favorite day time haunt. The Location on the second floor of a shopping area in a major street is a great place to enjoy excellent European/American & Tico food. The coffee is fabulous. One can order from the case where
baked goods are displayed without looking and never be disappointed. The local crowd that
frequents this venue is an interesting and friendly mix of Expats from all parts of the US., Europe
and, Many locals. All willing to share local knowledge and, experiences.

Gordon B

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Gordon B
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