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Aya Sofia Cafe and Bistro

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St. 33 Ave 3, Barrio Escalante, de Bagleman 170 mts al norte, San Jose, Costa Rica
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50 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Been a few times, really good food and service. Even better now they have cocktail bar. Will go again very soon. Thank you. Jx

Thank SunshineSaunders
Boston, Massachusetts
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92 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2016

We asked our hotel for a restaurant serving seafood or fish. They recommended Sofia. We like Turkish food and it was only two blocks away. Nicely designed interior, professional wait staff. Good menu of Mediterranean cuisines, Turkish, Italian and Greek. We had good but simple food for two weeks in Costa Rica. Sofia was more sophisticated, a pleasant change. We... More 

Thank JohnKappa
Great Falls, Montana
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59 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2016 via mobile

Great Mediterranean food and excellent service by bilingual servers. It is in a delightful setting on a small back street in San Jose. It is a bit pricey, however.

Thank Dexter B
Bonn, Germany
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 February 2016

nice neighborhood; very tasty food, great service and nice Ambiente in the restaurant. Not cheap but worth it!

Thank abrudap
Province of San Jose, Costa Rica
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 November 2015

This is a restaurant that is delightful in ambiance, in food and beverages. Lamb is not often served in Costa Rica so this a lamb lovers delight. The meal is wonderful if you order the sampler for appetizers it has 6 different items including a special Turkish yogurt that has a super secret recipe. The dishes are lamb, pasta, fish... More 

Thank Carolyn R
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3 reviews
Reviewed 12 November 2015

in bario escalante there is a street the locals call calle de gastrómana - restaurant Sofia ranks high in our book for the area for traditional Mediterranean-style delicatessen. lovely atmosphere, congenial staff, great selection of starters - we enjoyed the combination plate w/Turkish-style bread, a plate of salmon cut thin like carpaccio, and fried squid. The six of us had... More 

Thank 510paulkh
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68 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2015 via mobile

We had a tomato soup that was exquisite and being a lamb lover, l couldn't refrain from choosing the lamb festival that was cooked and exactly as wished: size tables and variety. Service was slow and waiters should be more welcoming and more smiling

Thank jjsmonaco
Portarlington, Ireland
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 November 2015 via mobile

The price does not reflect the quality of the food. Very mediocre food. The night we were there, there was live music. We paid a small cover charge but were only informed of this when the bill arrived.

Thank cara101_12
laguna apoyo
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 26 July 2015 via mobile

une attention horrible... horrible food. if you are looking for med food that not the place.. tres mauvaise ambience , seul le pianiste etait bien.

Thank CasaAromansse
San Jose, Costa Rica
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353 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2015

It is a small restaurant in the restaurant area of Barrio Escalante. This is real Mediterranean food, Turkish, and the lamb is the best option by far. The curry with vegetables are very good as well. If there are figs from Turkey order for dessert. Mussels are good but not too good. Service is very good. Maybe the price is... More 

Thank rzccr

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Restaurant Details

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Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Turkish
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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  • Address: St. 33 Ave 3, Barrio Escalante, de Bagleman 170 mts al norte, San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of San Jose  >  San Jose Metro  >  San Jose

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?