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$$ - $$$
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican
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North Laguna Fraijanes, on the way to Poas Volcano. 1km, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

This restaurant had come very well recommended to us by a friend, but I found it to be a let down. The location was very beautiful and service was fine. The menu had a good selection, but the food was not worth the price. I think I paid around 6,000 colones (around $12 USD) for a sub par casado plate.... More 

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Miami, Florida
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

Had a wonderful lunch with my family. The food (local/tipica) was great, the place very nice and service excellent. A must on your next visit to Poas Volcano!

Thank tico75
Alajuela, Costa Rica
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

Good food, little expensive and quite long line to get a table. They have typical Costa Rican dishes. It's really close to the Poas Volcano. Be aware that if you are in a hurry and/or lack patience, you will get a little annoyed by the amount of time you'll have to wait just to get a table 30-45mins (standing outside).

Thank zepablo
Miami, FL
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52 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016

My traveling companion and I had a late lunch here after a day spent at Poas Volcano National Park. All was very clean; the service was very attentive (we were the only ones there at 3pm and they closed up as we were leaving). The open air dining area overlooks the beautiful gardens. We both had casados (rice, beans, chicken,... More 

Thank Palmisto
Alajuela, Costa Rica
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24 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile

Went there for breakfast a couple times. Simply the best gallo pinto and eggs I've had in a long time. Tortillas are a must. Coffee is great and the hot chocolate with cinnamon is delicious. Free parking in the middle of the trees so be careful. The place is very traditional, with rustic furniture but still confortable. The service is... More 

Thank allanngccc
San Jose, Costa Rica
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016

This is the perfect place to stop by after a visit to the Poas volcano, La Paz Waterfall garden or Doka Coffee tour. The food is very fresh and typical and well prepared. The only glitch is that the menu is not in English and the waitress we had spoke very little English but you car hardly go wrong with... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016 via mobile

I had a nice snack up there. It is full of people who enjoy some typical food. I give it 3 dots because is rustic way that looks somewhat not finished. But it is a place i would stop by again.

Thank Alin P
Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016

We arrived in the beginning of Easter Week and didn't have trouble finding a spot, I understand that on a regular weekend people wait on line to get a spot. Everything was delicious and big portions. For appetizers we had Tortilla alineada which was great, plaintain empanadas- delicious, and regular empanadas - the cheese ones were better than the rest.... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

We just happened upon this place during lunch hours during our travel from one hotel to another, and couldn't have been luckier. Even though the staff spoke limited English, they were eager to seat and serve us. The atmosphere was wonderful and it appeared to be a local favorite. Due to the language barrier we ended up ordering three lunches... More 

Thank Tim S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2016

Good food, good service and a delightful location in a glade at the side of the winding road up to Poas Volcano.

Thank alajuelanorth

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: North Laguna Fraijanes, on the way to Poas Volcano. 1km, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Alajuela
  • Phone Number: 24822280
This restaurant had the best food and service of all the places where we ate in Costa Rica. Family owned and always on site. Cozy, very clean, and surrounded by beautiful vegetation. Friendly and helpful staff. I highly recommend the casados, a local dish - delicious! I ate it in other restaurants but it couldn't be compared to Chubascos. I swear I could eat that every day. For dessert, try the home made apple pie (Costa Rican apples) and the arroz con leche. Ah, and do not forget to try their natural fruit drinks. Their coffee is pretty good too.

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