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“Ponderox...needs a cleaning, but great food.”
Review of Ponderox Grill & Steak House - CLOSED

Ponderox Grill & Steak House
Cuisines: Brazilian
Restaurant details
Canada
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221 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
“Ponderox...needs a cleaning, but great food.”
Reviewed October 2, 2013

We were with a large group of people who chose this restaurant to dine...first night we were in San Jose. It wasn't far from the Wyndham Herradura Hotel, where we were based.
My first impression of this place told me to turn around and leave. It smelled foul...and you could see the waiters knew this, as they rushed to open the windows as we walked in. Upholstery on the chairs was dirty and tired...flooring likewise....however that is where the negativity ends.
Food was terrific...crispy pork tenderloin with asparagus risotto was amazing. After a few glasses of good red wine...the smell dissipated.
Prices were reasonable...although it was important to double check the bill, as several beverages were charged to our bill, that were not consumed by our table.

  • Visited August 2013
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2 Thank mokinator10
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English first
Hudson River Valley, New York
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164 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Great steakhouse within walking distance of the DoubleTree resort.”
Reviewed August 19, 2013

Great food and an easy walk from the DoubleTree Resort. Diverse menu with mostly Chilean wines. We ordered a filet mignon and a NY strip steak. There may be some sort of culinary cultural difference in just how much a steak is cooked in Costa Rica vs USA. My "medium" strip steak was very rare. My wife's "well done" filet was medium rare. Send them back if you are not happy. Otherwise, a fine meal.

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank millbrook2012
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Vacaville, California
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286 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Great steakhouse find!”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

We had to change hotels in San Jose, Costa Rica, and were lucky enough to be relocated around the corner from the Ponderox...lucky us. The steaks were cooked perfectly and there was enough variety for all five of us. Salads and other goodies were fresh and delicious. The staff of the restaurant was courteous, helpful, and friendly. If you're in town, this is a place to go for dinner.

  • Visited February 2013
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2 Thank Dick T
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Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great Steakhouse in Cariari!”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

My spouse and I ate at the Ponderox on February 5th while staying at the Adventure Inn. The food was excellent! He had a New York strip and I had the 12 ounce Filet Mignon. Price was very reasonible as well. Bonus was they gave us both a shot of liquor at the end of the dinner at no extra charge! Highly recommend this restaurant and hope to visit again if we are in Cariari.

  • Visited February 2013
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2 Thank hammann
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San Jose, Costa Rica
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“GREAT SEAFOOD PASTA”
Reviewed February 7, 2013

We recently visited the PONDEROX for lunch and truly enjoyed it. The atmosphere was nice and there is seating inside and out. The service was good and the food exceptional. The Spaguetti Tierra del Fuego with sea food was excellent. My friend had gazpacho soup and a salad. The presentation of both were lovely and the flavors great. The menu includes meat, chicken, lamb, pork and seafood. For relaxing lunch or dinner, a glass of wine and a nice meal visit the PONDEROX. ENJOY!!!...We did.

  • Visited February 2013
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2 Thank costaverde111
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