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“Outstanding!”

Sofia Restaurante Mediterraneo Arte & Cultura
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $48
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: The Mediterranean is our reason of being, with a wider concept that doesn't only include the food but also the health, the arts, the conversations and the friendships that are born in our table. Our influences come from the culinary and culturally richness of 22 Mediterranean countries.
San Jose, Costa Rica
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Outstanding!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

I decided to visit this place based on a couple of online reviews and was anxious about eating here. Oh boy was I in for a treat... they had a holiday menu consisting of their 2013 top sellers plus their regular menu. The holiday menu was one entree 2 main courses and 1 dessert. A totally an amazingly combination of flavors that will definitely blow anyone's mind. The homemade bread is amazing, the eggplant+carrot+bell pepper dip is extraordinary, the homemade iced tea is spectacular, the lamb is out of this world, overall this place is outstanding. It might be on the pricey side but overall, you get an amazing meal that is TOTALLY worth every colón. The ambiance of the restaurant takes you to the Mediterranean, the place is absolutely neat and clean, elegant and classy. The service was great, our waitress was super friendly and was able to provide a full and detailed explanation of every course on the menu. They have a Mickey Mouse activity book that goes great with kids and entertains them while the food arrives. The bathrooms are super neat and tidy (no diaper changer though)

This is by far one of the best options for some fine eating in SJ!

  • Visited January 2014
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Istanbul, Turkey
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197 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Betting even better”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2013

I went for dinner as I had been there before and it continues to provide excellent food -- locally and foreign sourced ingredients and excellent cooking. The menu is imaginative without being weird, the servers seem to know their stuff too. The owners are very productive and knowledgeable.

  • Visited September 2013
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“How to get leg of lamb in Costa Rica”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2013

Lmb is not a popular meat in this part of the world. Being a craver of this dish i was pleased to discover the Sofia near my hotel in San Jose. Just a buck away fro Barrio Aranjuez by taxi and you will find excellent roast leg of lamb with a good sauce of reduced red wine. With a full menu of other middle eastern foods you can have a nice quiet meal in an off the beaten path neighborhood of San Jose.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank caribefisher
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Sterling, Virginia
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Outstanding!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

My husband and I met Mehmet while visiting the Osa Region. He mentioned his restaurant and invited us to stop by, when in San Jose. On our last night, we decided it would be fun to try. Wow, what an amazing surprise. The food was incredible and the atmosphere was a ton of fun!. We are traveling back to CR in July and Sofia Mediterraneo will be a sure-stop! Thanks, Mehmet!

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Sylmontg703
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Hamburg, Germany
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“simply great experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2013

I was in this restaurant on February 23rd at the "Lebanese Night" and was simply overwhelmed by the quality of the food and the incredibly informative event. Coming from the Eastern Mediterranean myself, I must say that the "mezes" such as the humus and kibbeh, and the main courses such as the lamb with pomegranate and wine sauce were authentic and second to none.
The presentation by one of the members of the Lebanese community in Costa Rica has been excellent and was received with great enthusiasm by all the guests in the restaurant. Definitely a fantastic restaurant to visit by any gastronomic standards of the world.

  • Visited February 2013
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