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“A Gem of a Place” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Congo Cafe, Arte & Diseno

Congo Cafe, Arte & Diseno
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $2 - $13
Cuisines: Cafe, Central American, Costa Rican, International, Healthy
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Good for: Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Where art meets fine eating, Congo coffee, art & design Costa Rica opens from 8am until 8pm Monday thru Saturday, Sunday from 8am until 6pm. Everything is made locally with fresh ingredients bringing you great coffee selections, healthy salads, sandwiches, desserts and much more. Come and join us, we are the meeting place of Costa Rican traditions, great food, art and design.
Toronto, Canada
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127 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“A Gem of a Place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2013

The Congo Cafe is a rare find in Playas del Coco...a pleasing combination cafe, restaurant, retail and art shoppe. One of the very few places that actually sells good quality items from Costa Rican artists in a very nice setting. The staff are all unfailingly attentive and helpful, and it serves the best coffee drinks in town (IMHO). One of the few places that you can get decaf espresso (which is saying a lot in a country that loves its coffee strong).
Maria and Bill, who own the Congo, and several others like it, are delightful, and always have time to talk to their customers.
Check out the artist Serrano from San Jose, who paints beautiful bold works (see pic) at, for now, affordable prices.
If you are in for lunch, the Congo Croquette is amazing...a tuna based roll lightly pan-fried with a side salad of chick peas, avocado and small broccoli florets.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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SUN CITY WEST
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133 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Traveller's Oasis”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2013

Congo Café is an interesting combination of food and art, a restaurant within a gift shop. The menu is varied, from coffee specialties to smoothies to sandwiches and meal selections, all are artistically presented and delicious. Free Wi-Fi is a real bonus as there are not many such spots in Playas Del Coco. It is a very comfortable air-conditioned place to lounge, shop, eat and use the internet. Prices are reasonable too.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sunplower
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msuarez, Owner at Congo Cafe, Arte & Diseno, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
Thank you very much for your comment and review!
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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38 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Tasty food in cute setting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2013

We ate lunch here one day, and really enjoyed the food and the shop/gallery. The prices were not bad and the pineapple-ginger fruit drink was wonderful!

Visited June 2013
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Thank Jennifer F
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4 reviews
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“So nice!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2013

I love this little place! The art, clothes, and food are all top quality! All of the staff and owners are super friendly and very knowledgeable! It was only the woman behind the counter, making food, that was not pleasant and really brought down the mood of the place! She is mot good representation of this cute cafe! I would return to Congo for all the wonderful things it offers!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Puravida1104
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msuarez, Owner at Congo Cafe, Arte & Diseno, responded to this review, May 31, 2013
Thank you very much for your comment and visiting our coffee shop! Hope to see you soon... at your service

Marisel Suarez
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NYC
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Nice stop”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2013

This is a clothing store, art gallery and coffee shop all in one. Staff is very friendly and the man in the gallery area took the time to explain things to us thoroughly, Not pushy at all.

Can't speak for the food but we took our coffee to go and it was delicious.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank SweatinginNY
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