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Restaurant Chirripo
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San Isidro de El General, Costa Rica
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48 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“good food”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

in san isidro the place that has been a tradition... a plce in front of the main park and next to church. locla and visitors are always here eating, havig a cup of coffee and people watching.

Visited November 2012
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Orford, Canada
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39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Surprisingly very good!”
Reviewed January 9, 2012

We ended up on the terrace of this restaurant with hungry children and even if the service was painfully long (you're in Costa Rica after all) and the terrace full of smoking expats (we are not used to cigarette smoke smell while eating any more in Canada...), the food was incredibly cheap and delicious. Try the Taco doble with French fries. Really good. The burgers were pretty good too... and HUGE! The 5 of us ate for less that $18 and we left with some leftovers! Obviously, you don't go there for the athmosphere, but it is perfect for lunch!

Visited December 2011
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Nelson, Canada
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A "must" see if in San Isidro”
Reviewed December 18, 2011

We are a Canadian couple who have visited this restaurant over a dozen times in the past two months while wintering in Costa Rica. We have not visited the ajoining hotel yet.
The setting is ideal for a downtown restaurant. You look across the street to a beautiful huge church and the beautiful almost city block size vibrant park. The busy sidewalk is right at your doorstep, people watching at its best. You will be able to relish many examples of the enriched Tico lifestyle in action almost at your table.
The service has always been excellently provided by well dressed, professional, and friendly servers. The food is good quality at a good price, expecially compared to our home country. Also, the place is alway very clean.
There is a group of regulars hanging about the place, as one other reviewer of this restaurant called "obnoxious expats". We have always found this group to be quite unassuming, friendly and helpful.
In summary, a great place to have some good food at a good price with good service while enjoying downtown San Isidro and the wonderful Tico lifestyle.

  • Visited December 2011
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Stephenville, Texas
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162 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
“Downstairs from the hotel and not a great experience.”
Reviewed October 5, 2011

Service was acceptableand tended to be the best part. Food was tasteless but moderately priced...Corvina filete with veggies $6.50. Loud and obnoxious expats hanging out drinking and professional ladies in and out.

  • Visited October 2011
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San Isidro de El General, Costa Rica
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Cafeteria Chirripo”
Reviewed October 29, 2010

This is a restaurant review and not a review of Hotel Chirripo.

The outdoor terrace of Hotel Chirripo has one of the best locations in all of San Isidro de El General. It faces the main square with the imposing cathedral and the newly designed city park. The place is absolute best when it comes to people watching since there are many people walking by on the sidewalk right in front of the terrace.

The restaurant is now being run by Diego Quesada and has been renamed Cafeteria Chirripo. Whereas before, the place had rather simple and soulless food, today I consider this place to feature some of the best Tico cuisine in the center of San Isidro.

On my recent visit, I found the food much improved from before. The fare is still very Costa Rican (comida tipica) but the presentation has improved a lot and so has the quality of food preparation. The daily luncheon special is an absolute hit, considering it tends to be around C2,000 (approximately USD4).

It remains to be seen where Diego wants to take this place but his first implementations were very successful and promising. In my opinion Cafeteria Chirripo has the ability to become the number one socializing and people watching place in all of San Isidro. Coupled with the newly improved cuisine, it is on its way to becoming an even greater point of attraction in fast growing San Isidro.

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