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Jalapenos Central

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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50 Mts South of Post Office, Alajuela, Costa Rica
+506 2430 4027
11:30 - 20:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:30 - 20:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 21:00
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2015

We went here at the recommendation of several books and casita owners. The soup was AMAZING -- rich, hearty, flavorful. The various salsas were all very tasty -- we were raving about it at our table when Norm himself came over to chat with us. It was packed... and it's easy to understand why! We tried to go back one... More 

1 Thank LSTinDC
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
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174 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2015

Norm and his crew are meticulous about service and quality. Everything is fresh and efficiently served EVERY time. I love this place, simply cannot stop bragging about it and sending everyone I know there for the Sopa Azteca.

2 Thank Janick2010
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58 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2015

Very big plates with reasonable prices. Pastry are very good, the restaurant is 50 meter south of the central post office. service are o.k.

Thank shkomit
Cayman Islands
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2015

I have to say that this is a great little place to have some tasty Tex-Mex food as well as good Margaritas. Every time I visit my family that lives in Alajuela we make sure to catch some lunch here. I've tried a few of their menu items and they are all great! Service is also prompt and the owner... More 

1 Thank Mariasol D
Heredia, Costa Rica
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2015

This is the best place I know in CR to get a mexican enchilada. I stop in here when ever I get a chance.

Thank Ben P
Rideau Lakes, Ontario
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37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2015

Owner Norm is a great host in an informal setting. Service is good and friendly, and the Mex menu is great! The marguerites are addictive! Get there early or late, as there is likely to be a wait outside if you hit prime munchie hour. Another caveat: don't drive in downtown Alajuela. Take a cab!

1 Thank DellTaDon
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2015 via mobile

Nice place located in a walking distance from almost everywhere in Alajuela! , great taste, friendly staff, excellent prices !

2 Thank Marilyn O
Cleveland, Ohio
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2015

The Hotel Staff was excellent, Food was delicious. the staff is very attentive and was quick to accommodate any request. They have some great Vegetarian options.

1 Thank Ankish2015
Sacramento, California
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2015

I was there 2 times in February 2015 and had great service and the food was great. I had burrito and we had the fixings with it. A great meal served with a glass of red wine. Very friendly staff and service. I would highly recommend this place.

1 Thank Gunnar V
Montreal, Canada
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2015

Totally worth it, it is a nice small restaurant for lunch, I recommend it, one of the best restaurant around

1 Thank Tommy L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$2 - US$9
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats
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: 50 Mts South of Post Office, Alajuela, 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?