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Jalapenos Central

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Mts South of Post Office 50, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
+506 2430 4027
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun 11:30 - 20:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 21:00
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We had lunch here on our last afternoon in Costa Rica and it certainly did not disappoint- on the contrary the food exceeded expectations. The tortilla soup was excellent as were the fried plantains. Then we had the chimichanga and fkautas, both of which were excellent. The beef in the flautas was that wonderful shredded beef and the corn tortillas... More 

Thank StDiane
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great food and value! Our go to restaurant in down town Alajuela. Very good sized portions for lunch and dinner. The owner, Norman takes great pride in his food and customer's experience. Perhaps the best mexican I've had in CR. Be sure and check out Senior Pantacone next door too, also owned by Norman

Thank GotoDengo
Miami, FL
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59 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Ate two dinners here over a three night stay in Alajuela. All were outstanding: fish tacos of mahi mani / dolphin / dorado; a cheese enchilada - light but filling with delicious side; outstanding patacones with spicy sauce on side. Coconut flan was great! Very popular place with Alajuelenos and visitors. Highly recommended. Friendly service staff; no waiting despite crowds.

Thank Palmisto
Montgomery, Alabama
1 review
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We come to Alajuela every year for mission work and ALWAYS eat at Jalapenos. Last year we ate there 3 out of the 5 days! Their food is always good, especially the tortilla soup and tacos. The owner goes out of his way to make customers feel welcome and the atmosphere is fun and inviting. I jokingly say, "we have... More 

Thank CostaRicaMissions
Silverthorne, Colorado
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89 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

What an interesting place this is! It's adorned with all sorts of interesting mementos. Having grown up in Texas, I can say there menu is truly Tex Mex and as that food goes, it's pretty authentic and tastes good!

Thank RinTulsa
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

On the right hand side of street leading up from behind Cathedral about 2 blocks up.Small cosy place, nicely decorated in a colourful Mexican style.Food was freshly cooked and reasonably priced.

Thank andrew w
British Columbia, Canada
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31 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I saw this restaurant in my lonely planet book and had to try it. It did not disappoint. The margaritas and Mexican food were so delicious. It reminded us of a restaurant we love at home. Funky decorations, great staff and the food was so good. We had the burrito and chicken enchilada.... and margaritas of course!

Thank love_boating
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was the only restaurant in Alajuela that we went to more than once. The food was really good. Every one liked what they ordered in our party if six. The staff was friendly. We were seated and served very fast

Thank Donna D
Kaiserslautern, Germany
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the place on our 1st day in Costa Rica. It was Sunday and as it appears almost everything was closed. So we looked it up on TripAdvisor. It's a place like any other from the outside - would probably never went to such without knowing about it upfront. And that's were it got interesting :) It's really... More 

Thank tropikai
Denver, CO
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52 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Last supper to wrap a fun vacation w friends craving Mexican food so we descended on this place to find it full of other trip advisor travelers apparently, doncha know. Parked on the street in front and staff was helpful to both communicate how long to expect to wait for a table and suggested we move our car full of... More 

Thank Pennden

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$2 - US$9
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mts South of Post Office 50, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Alajuela
  • Phone Number: +506 2430 4027
Open 7 days a week. Mon- sat 11:30-9:00 pm Sun 11:30-8:00 pm Accept credit cards except American express

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?