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Il Ritorno

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200 m South from KFC, La California | at Casa Italia Building, San Jose, Costa Rica
+506 2225 0543
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Springfield, MO
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2012

Met folks here, frequent tourists, who had been coming to the restaurant for years. I could see why: the atmosphere has character, with upholstered chairs, wood-paneled ceiling, figurines on shelves around the windows. They couldn't have done a better job putting life into this space inside a drab Los Yoses building. Prices appeared reasonable to us, with most plates from... More 

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35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2012

The good: - Food was good. We had the specials - sea bass, ravioli, and the lomito en trozos. Sauces were delicious. The not so good: - The dinner was pleasant until we were finished with the main course and ordered after dinner drinks. The waiter forgot my date's drink. When she asked him for it, instead of just bringing... More 

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Clarkston, Michigan
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88 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2012

Came here with a local friend. Delicious is all I can say about the food here! It is a small restaurant. The chef comes out and tells you all the specials, and will make anything you want if you don't like the specials! Awesome. It is expensive but worth the splurge. They don't go heavy on the garlic like most... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2012

I was told about this place from a friend I met that lives in San Jose. Not cheap, but an excellent meal and very good service.

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New York City, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2012

We absolutely loved this restaurant. The gnocchi in gorgonzola cream sauce was incredible as was everything else. I strongly recommend Il Ritorno.

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Duluth, MN
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152 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2012

A Costa Rican physicianl friend of my husband's recommended this restaurant, about five blocks from our Hotel Le Bergerac in Los Yoses, not far from the University. ( down the street from the KFC nearest Bagelmans on the Central Avenue) We ordered wine by the glass - I had a Sicilian red which was exquisite, shared a salad with fresh... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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56 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2012

Among the best Italian food I've had (even in Italy). Food is great, price/quality is good, Atmosphere OK.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2012

I have had pleasure to visit Il Ritorno several times over the last few years in the San Pedro area of San Jose in Costa Rica. I am never disappointed. Marco the chef / owner is a fantastic chef and host. I have never had a bad experience there. For this last visit we just asked Marco for his recommendation... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Seating
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 200 m South from KFC, La California | at Casa Italia Building, San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of San Jose  >  San Jose Metro  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +506 2225 0543

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