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“A restaurant for tourists”

Tree House Restaurante & Cafe
Ranked #7 of 43 Restaurants in Santa Elena
Price range: $6 - $20
Cuisines: American, Bar, Central American, Costa Rican
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Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: At the Tree House we offer a unique ambiance, we have a huge ficus tree in the middle of the restaurant.Our menu has many options, from snacks, beer and cocktails to a complete diner with a great wine.Our coffee is very special, one the best coffees in Costa Rica, we roast it ourselves and have 4 great Baristas who will make a perfect coffee, you will get incredible latte art! Our staff is very friendly. We really care about customers, so if you have any issues at the restaurant please work it out with us and we promise we will give you a satisfying solution! Thanks!
Vancouver, Canada
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67 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“A restaurant for tourists”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2013

My friends and I decided to come here because it looks really cool from the outside. We saw the menu and was suprised by the price. Expect to pay what you usually pay in North America. I got a typical casado with chicken and it was $15! The portion size was okay and the dish itself was decent, but nothing spectacular. Service was good. There were no locals in this restaurant except for tourists. If you dont mind spending the big bucks, or if you are on a romantic date, then come here. Otherwise, I would save your money and go elsewhere.

Visited April 2013
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Alexandria, Virginia
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Cute layout, average food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2013

Returning from a hike in the Cloud Forest, we went to the Tree House for a bite. The drinks were excellent, but the casados, which are the typical plates in Costa Rica, weren't as flavorful as I'd have hoped. The chicken was on the dry side and bland. On the other hand, the beans were excellent. A friend had an arroz con mariscos platter which she said was very good, and my husband had a beef casado, which he really liked. I guess my plate was the exception!

Anyway, eating on a second-floor front deck under a tree was pretty neat! Service was good, but nothing out of the ordinary.

  • Visited April 2013
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Gainesville, Florida
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162 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Have coffee and desert in a tree”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2013

We stopped by the Tree House for coffee and desert - great way to end a perfect day. We had The Tree House Coffee with Baileys. Give it a try.

Visited April 2013
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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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13 reviews
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“Great healthy food in a very cool place.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2013

Excellent service, fresh & tasty food, warm & friendly staff. Nice bar w/ Leo the Lion, a great bartender. They will go out of their way to make you happy.

Visited April 2013
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Waterloo, Ia
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215 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Interesting place”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2013

It was a very nice restaurant, but we had pizza and it was only ok. There was a group of young Americans that were singing at the base of the tree and it was very enjoyable.

Visited April 2013
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