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El Cholo

$$ - $$$
Bar, Spanish
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Heredia, Costa Rica
+506 8992 4303
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Mill Valley, California
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69 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

This restaurant/bar is a good place to take someone to show them a view of Heredia and the whole Central Valley... especially after dark. They serve Spanish Tapas that are acceptable in quality... They have a kitchen on another level where they prepare the food. The service is slow but the bartenders and servers are friendly. They serve cocktails and... More 

Thank JustOrdinaryJoe
Province of Heredia, Costa Rica
Level Contributor
16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2016

This is a place where you need to be patience. And this is not about food, 'cause food is really good, real taste of Spain like never before, but you have to wait, especially if the place (small place by the way) is full. My wife didn't get what she ordered, and we left looking for a place where she... More 

Thank rgaritas01
Level Contributor
21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2016

A small bar located across the Heredia Stadium and Gymnasium. Cozy place with a nice selection of spanish tapas and local beer. Ideal for a visit after a show or concert on the Gymnasium or a local football match.

Costa Rica
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2015

Love this bar! They have the best tapas in Heredia. Each dish is less than $10. Its walking distance from downtown Heredia, make sure to try their torta española.

Thank iamfeli
Level Contributor
13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 24 September 2015 via mobile

I wouldn't say this is the "most" Spanish Tapas restaurant I've visited, but I can assure you the food is pretty good and the price is not bad at all. I read some dissatisfied comments about the place but in reality I did enjoy my visit to El Cholo, would definitely come back in the future.

Thank Victor C
Burlington, Washington
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 November 2014

I have been in Costa Rica for 2 1/2 years, so do not have overly high expectations. I can confidently say that this was the worst food I have had here. My companions who are also pretty easy to please had the same reaction. We were one of two parties in the restaurant, yet the service was slow. It took... More 

Thank Jamie M
Heredia, Heredia, Costa Rica
1 review
Reviewed 11 September 2014

Pros: The place looks ok, not too bad. The background music is Spanish, which I guess is a pro as this is supposed to be an Spanish place. Good thing they don't play it too loud so you can ignore it and pay attention to the people you are with. Service is ok. Cons: No parking space, although you can... More 

Thank Thurh
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 January 2014 via mobile

I dunno who would write that the sangria are good, they are terrible, obviously they don't know what a sangria taste like... Any way if your not clostrofobic and your into having people close to your face, by all means go....

1 Thank Richard V
Nyon, Switzerland
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32 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2013

Great pre-match tapas and meal, perfect place to secure tickets and enjoy pre-match atmosphere and mix with the fans. Also shows Spanish football and local games if the stadium is too full or you prefer to watch from a stool with a few cervezas.

Thank Subbuteo73
Heredia, Costa Rica
Level Contributor
83 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2012 via mobile

If you're into fake Spanish food with a mediocre atmosphere, then this is the place for you. The seafood is overcooked and the papas bravas are terrible.

2 Thank spacecadet79

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Bar, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Heredia, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Heredia  >  Heredia
  • Phone Number: +506 8992 4303

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