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Alma de Cafe

2nd Ave and 5th Street | Districto Catedral, San Jose, Costa Rica
+506 2010 1119
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good34%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“lunch” (11 reviews)
“crepes” (6 reviews)
“wraps” (2 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
2nd Ave and 5th Street | Districto Catedral, San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

Decent food in a quiet, comfortable setting, good for lunch or just coffee while touring the theatre or shopping downtown.

Thank shelly1956
Reviewed 9 January 2018

As one of the few tourists who claim to 'like' San Jose I admit it gets a little busy, even chaotic at times. Alma de Cafe in the Theatre provides respite from the crowds. Housed in the charming historic Teatro Nacional it is a lovely...More

2  Thank Peytonsage
Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

We visited the Theatre in the morning and resolved to return for afternoon coffee. Made in traditional Costa Rican style dripping through a filter direct into your cup. There is a coffee menu to select regional different coffees with an explanation and tasting notes. Enjoyable...More

Thank Sharon L
Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

I took the tour of the Teatro Nacional before grabbing some lunch here in the afternoon. This is definitely a tourist location--most of the people I saw spoke English, but the servers were very kind and the coffee was excellent with beautiful presentation. The menu...More

Thank Summer Rose S
Reviewed 7 November 2017

The pejibaye soup is excellent, I always want more. The desserts are very good and great portion. Salads and wraps could be improved with less and better sauces.

Thank Pamela C
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

Stunningly beautiful Viennese cafe within the National Theatre. Sumptuously decorated and staffed with plenty of smart waiters. Comprehensive menu and great cakes. Check out the ceilings.

Thank Deetee100
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

Writing this while I am sitting at the cafe waiting for my bill for 25 minutes. Asked for a espresso, the waiter has shown a bit angry "just one espresso?". Yes, I just ate at another place, so I am trying the espresso in here.......More

Thank cesarcaio
Reviewed 8 September 2017

Alma de Café, a cafe inside the National Theater, in San José de Costa Rica, is a classic-style place, in tune with the building that houses it, where you can try the regional coffees from the best brands, accompanied by desserts and snacks very well...More

Thank Eva950
Reviewed 19 August 2017

We spent merely an hour here on the first day of our Costa Rica trip. Coffee was nice. My friends ordered salad and the portions were generous. It was around 5pm on Sunday and it wasn't crowded. No wifi, so please chat to each other....More

Thank 6selenel
Reviewed 13 August 2017

Located within the foyer of the National Theatre building, we stopped by for a quick coffe after a tour of the Theatre itself (that's not to be missed by the way!) So impressed with the look of the food being served up to other patrons...More

Thank Bruce M
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings
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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