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1 Avienda | Barrio El Carmen, San Jose, Costa Rica
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08:00 - 20:00
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 20:00
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2013

This place is located right in the heart of down town San Jose only a few meters from the main entrance of the main Postal office. It is and Italian restaurant it that is visited by office workers so it offers good price and good food. It is a little noisy and don't expect a super service. If you are... More 

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Grecia, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2013

As a long-time resident of Costa Rica, there are many occasions when I must visit San Jose. Mama's Place is my "Go To" restaurant for a day in the city. The food and service are always excellent. The waiters are speedy and extremely friendly. I find options here which are not readily available in CR, like smoked salmon, for instance.... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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17 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2012

I went to have lunch and it looks like if the food is very good and delicious, I ordered and my food looked very well but it tasted awfull

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Thank ecma
San Jose, Costa Rica
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2012

after 25 years presence, mamas's place stand still serving old fashion italian home made food, from excelent pasta to salmon raviolli........carbonara, pomodoro, and some other specials....price and size are remarkable....don'n miss at San Jose Costa Rica....1st avenue, and main street, bank district.

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Thank marcopicado
San Jose
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61 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2012

I go to this place a lot during lunchtime. Service is really fast, food is not fancy but good, they have arround 7 options for "plato del día". If you are at downtown and want affordable nice food, I recommend you to eat here

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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43 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2012

Nothing fancy but food is fresh and affordable. Quick service. Been there at lunch time only.

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Thank Ginette L
NYC
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2011

Now run by Barbara and Marco,Mamas Place is open 8 AM to 6 or 7 PM Monday through Saturday.Since downtown folds up after work, most people stop by between 1130 and 3.There is an extensive 7 page menu,but most clients opt for one of the 5 daily specials.,which include soup, main course,foccaccia,fruit drink,coffee and small dessert.Main courses can be a... More 

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Northern Virginia
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2010

This place is a gem in downtown San Jose. I guess because it's Italian owned that the menu is unique (honestly, I get tired of beans and rice with chicken or fish). My first visit I had a cup of seafood soup that came with slices of focaccia bread. I think it was 1,000c ($2). I returned with a bigger... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2010

It was the last night of the family's 10 day trip in Costa Rica and we were in downtown San Jose. My wife, our 25 year old son and I decided to try something different than the hotel restaurant. Found Mama's Place listed in the travel guide and decided to give it a chance. We arrived at 6:30, 30 minutes... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff
Open Hours
Monday
08:00 - 20:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 20:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 20:00
Thursday
08:00 - 20:00
Friday
08:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Avienda | Barrio El Carmen, San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of San Jose  >  San Jose Metro  >  San Jose

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