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Jalapenos Central

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$$ - $$$
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50 Mts South of Post Office, Alajuela, Costa Rica
+506 2430 4027
11:30 - 21:00
Closed now
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Sun 11:30 - 20:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 21:00
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Jaco, Costa Rica
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2015

Everything is hard to find in Alajuela, because there are no street signs to work from, no clue as to which streets are 'one-way'. That said, if you are persistent, and ask a local where the correros (post office) is, you can find 'jalapenos' just down the street, about 1/2 a block away. Well worth it. The best example of... More 

1 Thank Steve O
Alajuela, Costa Rica
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2015

Stopped in to Jalapenos Central on a whim as we were on our way home and feeling peckish. This is a small restaurant, cosy and friendly. The staff are very helpful, the owner is always around, meeting and greeting, fluent in Spanish and English so no worries if you are struggling with the language. Didn't have to wait too long... More 

Thank TicaCelt
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2015 via mobile

I've visited this place for many years now, and it only gets better and better... Awesome service and WONDERFUL food... What a nice little place... This is a must visit...

1 Thank Dacow4eva
Boise, Idaho
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2015 via mobile

Norman, the man who owns this restaurant also owns the restaurant next door, which serves Colombian food. Incredibly delicious Colombian food. He is very fun, and cooks great food. We ate food we never knew existed before. It is much less touristy and then jalapeno that is what my family and I prefer even the children liked it and it... More 

Thank travelingmomid
virginia beach
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2015 via mobile

Suggested by Jody at Casa Marin, this cute little restaurant had great Mexican/Costa Rican food. Good margarita too!

Thank cmdewitt
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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9 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2015

WOW! Definitely the best Mexican restaurant of Costa Rica. Service is great and the food is amazing. You can feel that the Chef loves cooking. I like their hot sauce, their "Papas Bravas" and their "Tortillas Jalapeños Central" but I literally fell in LOVE with their Burrito Monster. Go for it, you won't regret it. It is the best burrito... More 

Thank Nassim E
Victoria, Canada
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2015

We went twice! Great food, cold beer, friendly staff. Great place! Highly recommend it if you like Tex Mex.

Thank Katlyn H
Kirksville, Missouri
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2015

the food here is wonderful. I travel to Costa Rica frequently and I always find time to eat at Jalepenos Central. From the salchipapas to the patacones central to the sopa azteca, the food is wonderful. And do take time to have a dessert.

Thank LaRoy B
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2015 via mobile

If you are in Alajuela for any reason definitely make it a priority to visit Jalapeños Central! The food is cheap and amazing, the margaritas are strong and the hot sauce is homemade! Definitely recommend!

Thank AlanaFNEZ
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67 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2015

We came here after reading the recommendation in the Lonely Planet, but we were not impressed by the taste of the food. The location and the place itself is nice, but the food is nothing special

1 Thank queensy83

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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, Latin
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, 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?