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Alma de Cafe

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2nd Ave and 5th Street | Districto Catedral, San Jose, Costa Rica
+506 2010 1119
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London England
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604 reviews
223 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 255 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here for lunch on a short layover in San Jose and found the location to be very handy. The food was tasty and generously portioned though it was rather expensive for what it was. All in all you could probably get something better both in terms of price and quality but the location and ease of access would... More 

Thank Preyom
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55 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this cafe while at the Teatro Nacional seeing a play. Service was very good. Food was average, at the least salad I ordered.

Thank Edgar R
Salem, Oregon
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192 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This cafe is inside the National Theater and it is very very good with great lasagna, sandwiches, crepes, quiche, desserts, salads, drinks, etc., etc. We had two meals here because the price was good and the taste was very good too. The service can be slow and it can get crowded -- especially before a theater show. I had the... More 

Thank Carla A
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112 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We desperately wanted a drink of sorts after walking around town. The plan was to see a matinee show, but it was cancelled. So we went to the cafe. First Costa Rica coffee of our trip! Excellent! Check out the vaulted and painted ceiling. Outstanding.

Thank Frank B
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

We stopped here for coffee before our tour. It is a beautiful little café that is off the lobby of the National Theatre. We looked out over the square and enjoyed our coffee. Since it was afternoon I had decaf and it was the best I've had anywhere. My wife enjoyed a latté. Please rather than go to Starbucks across... More 

Thank Beachtraveler29576
Victoria Capital Regional District, Canada
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

After visiting the the Pre Colombian Gold museum we went there for lunch. It is in the National Theatre, so prices are a bit high. I had the quiche,which was very good, my wife had a veggie sandwich on a pita, also very good. Coffee was superb, they had decaf, a rarity in San Jose. My limonota ( lemonade) was... More 

Thank Bob M
Springfield, Missouri
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36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 April 2017

A nice little bistro tucked inside the National Theatre. Very good service and a surprisingly extensive menu including salads, soups, sandwiches and crepes. Wine and beer available too. Save room for the spectacular desserts. Great midday stop if taking a walking tour through the city.

Thank Bill M
Mexico City, Mexico
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53 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

The setting is stunning. In the nice national theatre the place has the prime location. The food was decent but not more than average and the service slow, and the prices steep as expected. The toilets are inside the theatre and you can enter with the bill from the Cafe and see the theatre from inside.

Thank markoj05
Kansas City, Missouri
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89 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

What a charming darling cafe. Hubby and I were visiting the Teatro and I simply had to stop at the Cafe for coffee. It was our first full day in Costa Rica, and as we were entering the Teatro to tour the gorgeous building, I spied this charming little cafe located just inside the teatro to the right. Hubby and... More 

Thank SallyLuu
Cuckfield, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Having visited the National Theatre, this made a nice place to refresh ourselves! Nice surrounding, great coffee, and sumptuous cakes - what more could one ask for.

Thank randbk

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Restaurant Details

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Cafe, South American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2nd Ave and 5th Street | Districto Catedral, San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of San Jose  >  San Jose Metro  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +506 2010 1119

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