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“Best meal I´ve had in San Jose”
Review of El Octopus

El Octopus
Ranked #14 of 56 Restaurants in San Jose
Price range: $12 - $35
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean, Spanish, Wine Bar
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Almeria, Spain
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Best meal I´ve had in San Jose”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

After dining in some mediocre restaurants, I and my partner were pleasantly surprised that this restaurant off the beaten track had great service, peaceful surroundings (on the night of San Juan festivities) and very good food. The restaurant is close enough to the beach so that you can benefit from the sea breezes and protected from the heat of the sun with a covered open terrace and on street dining under trees.
It´s very reasonably priced and the fish was deliciously fresh. Great presentation and advice from the very friendly staff.

  • Visited June 2013
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Seville, Spain
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“Our favourite tapas bar in San José!”
Reviewed June 6, 2013

This has definitely become our favourite tapas bar in San José! The tapas are more "upscale" than the usual fare and the ambiance at the bar is fantastic (in terms of the chill out music and decor). Not the usual noisy, chaotic scene you can get as some places. I highly recommend the Dorada a la Sal, which is first rate.

  • Visited June 2013
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Vera, Spain
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“A welcome addition to San José”
Reviewed April 11, 2013

Bar El Octopus is a welcome addition to San José and hopefully this will make some of the other bars up their game.

The owners of El Octopus, Robin & Sara have worked hard in transforming the former Bar El Velero into a more plush, luxurious but still down-to-earth bar.

The decor; very simple clean white-washed walls, bright lights, though not to bright and nice chilled music, although I realise that the music does not constitute decor but it does much for the ambiance. There is an option for a more formal “sit-down” meal if you want but there is no obligation and a few of the tables were attractively set for this. There is a nice selection of about six different quality wines by the glass as well as a very good selection of wines by the bottle, including some wines from Almería – a rarity in San José and of course a range of beers! The tapas and food generally is different from previous but every bit as good, delicious and mostly “casera” or homemade if you prefer.

I shall be singing the praises of El Octopus!!

Visited April 2013
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