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“Great typical food, atmosphere” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Isaga Bar and Restaurante

Isaga Bar and Restaurante
Ranked #35 of 143 Restaurants in Jaco
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Latin, Bar, Seafood, Central American, Costa Rican, Spanish, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Jaco, Costa Rica
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great typical food, atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2013

I especially love going to Isaga late at night to eat and get a few Pilsens with friends. Many of the restaurants in Jaco close by 9 or 10.

Great ceviche (be sure to ask for tortilla chips instead of crackers), casados, arroces (rice dishes) and more.
The kitchen is always open late (usually until at least 1am) and good beer prices.
They say they've been open in Jaco since 1987 and seem to have the clientele to attest to that.
For me this is a classic Tico establishment amidst a Jaco that's been developing rapidly to cater to backpackers and ex-pat high rise condos.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Awesome Real Costa Rica Restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013 via mobile

If you want a place that is totally Americanized definitely don't try this place. After staying near to Jaco for a few days, our surf instructor gave us the tip to go here and it's the best restaurant and cheapest we ate at in Jaco.
I hate the fish in a tomato sauce and my boyfriend had the traditional casado. Both were amazing, huge portions (way more than enough for a hungry eater), and delicious. The whole meal with beers was 50% less than most other places in Jaco.
As well, there was a soccer game on during our meal and locals flocked here to watch the game--which was awesome to be a part of!
Overall, a definite high recommendation!!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Liz01234
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Florida, null, United States
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78 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Huge amount of great tasting food for a very good price.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2013

Extra large plates of awesome tasting food for a very low price. Off the beaten track of tourist places - but well worth looking for this place. Not 5 star dining, but 5 star food in what the local people say is the best value in town. Affordable, excellent local food, a place we went often for lunch & dinner!

    • 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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Thank Bahamaer
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Parsippany, New Jersey
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great seafood”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2013 via mobile

We were looking for a good local restaurant and this was perfect. Casual, Costa Rican spot with great prices and great atmosphere (music, bar, friends). We had ceviche and the soap de mariscos based on a friend's recommendation. Both were excellent and by far the best food we had in Jaco. Staff was super friendly and overall a great spot off the main road in Jaco.

    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jkmbac
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“OUR FAVORITE LOCALS LOCAL”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

While in Jaco six of us ate here on numerous occasions. We were introduced to the locals hangout by of course, a local. The sea food is delicious particularly the fish fillet done in garlic. The ceviche is also one of the best around. Prices are extremely reasonable and the atmosphere (you guessed it) beech local. Highly recommended. Excellent staff make you feel at home. Average price $6-10 a meal.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ASYOULIKEIT613
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