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Pizza John's Jardin Escondido

500 Meters East of Arenal Vista Lodge | Bario El Fosforo, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 20213, Costa Rica
+506 8801 0967
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  • Excellent82%
  • Very good12%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“pizza” (261 reviews)
“gelato” (4 reviews)
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Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly
500 Meters East of Arenal Vista Lodge | Bario El Fosforo, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 20213, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 14 September 2014 via mobile

Here at Pizza John's, Mayra really does try to make every effort to be as local, organic and sustainable as possible, and believe it or not it makes a big different in the way the homemade pizza and ice cream taste. "The best pizza in...More

Thank Isaac H
Reviewed 1 September 2014

This place has the best pizza I've had in Costa Rica, the crust is thin and crunchy, with quality ingredients in the toppings. We had the Supreme with everything, and it was exceptional... and large enough to fulfill the hunger of the 3 of us....More

Thank Glenn B
Reviewed 30 August 2014

Be sure to look this one up. Don't be turned away by the look of the off-beaten road you have to turn onto from the 'main' road. About 3 doors up, this small 2 storey building is worth finding. Great tasting pizza at a really...More

Thank JarMarJHM
Reviewed 26 August 2014

This is a fun, remote spot in El Castillo with delicious pizza and kind hosts. We enjoyed chatting with them while waiting for our dinner. The graffiti wall makes for entertaining reads, and the canine company is charming. Highly recommended!

Thank Molly D
Reviewed 24 August 2014

Pizza John’s is possibly the world’s most remote pizzeria. It is located in an open 2-story building at the end of a small side street outside the town of El Castillo. The pizzeria is run by the late Pizza John’s wife (Mayra?) and longtime friend,...More

Thank Randi-Tom
Reviewed 2 August 2014

If you are staying at Arenal Lodge, this is about 15 minutes away. It has a nice funky feel to the place, with graffiti on the wall from various travelers, and a couple of pups (including the famous Taco) to greet you. Pizza is made...More

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Reviewed 27 July 2014 via mobile

This little place located on the east side of the Arenal Lake, at El Fósforo of El Castillo, they have the best pizza thin cross, Italian style that you can have in Costa Rica, being attended by the owner Mayra is the best to have...More

Thank Isaac H
Reviewed 20 July 2014

Tucked away on a side road - this was a lovely little local restaurant with warm and welcoming personalities. A chance to meet the locals with lovely, delicious pizza. We were staying next door so really a stone's throw away but if you're in La...More

Thank Soni186338
Reviewed 19 July 2014

Liked the guy who worked there (a retired Stanford researcher) and the owner (the widow of John). By far, the highlight was Taco, the dog! It was a tough drive from Arenal and the pizza really wasn't much to write home about. Overall, we were...More

Thank Stacey D
Reviewed 17 July 2014 via mobile

This restaurant is at the end of an alley in an unlikely spot but is a fun place to eat if you're looking for pizza. It's very thin crust but our kids especially loved it. The most fun were the walls that everyone can leave...More

Thank Malu W
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Questions & Answers
1 April 2017|
Response from GringoMichael | Property representative |
yes we do. Any pizza with corn meal crust.!!
1 April 2017|
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Response from MikeInWeHo | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so but not sure.
Jackie S
1 February 2017|
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Response from Kl-brise | Reviewed this property |
Welly welly, Where is that Inn than? The restaurant is closer to El Castillo about 15min on road from La Fortuna plus another 25/30min up the dirt track. Meaning dumpy washed out 4x4 track. The beginning is ok until the... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$2 - US$18
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Cash Only, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, View, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 500 Meters East of Arenal Vista Lodge | Bario El Fosforo, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 20213, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Arenal Volcano National Park  >  El Castillo
  • Phone Number: +506 8801 0967
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Lonely Planet's Top choice-featuring thin crust Italian style handmade pizza, and tropical ice cream. Family Friendly-Open air, casual dining Come for lunch, stay for dinner. Open everyday 12PM to 8PM
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