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US$5 - US$9
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Cafe, Asian, Vietnamese, Healthy, Fusion
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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
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Updated 21-06-08 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Lovely cafe in a gorgeous old house. The Vietnamese fusion food is delicious. The mushroom spring rolls to start were light and fresh, the the chicken and pork meatballs with noodles for main were really tasty with the dipping sauces to choose from. We also...had the chocolate ganache cake for pudding, the generous portion served the three of us well!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had a very pleasant lunch at Cafe Rojo. I sat outside. However, the inside seating was also very nice.  Its  in an old house with character.  The food is Vietnamese inspired.  The dish I ordered (Bun Bowl- rice noodles, greens and chicken ) was very tasty...and fresh and nicely presented.  My waiter was helpful and friendly. He explained the various sauces and warned me that the ginger lemonade had a kick. ( I ordered it and liked it. ) The prices were reasonable.  I recommend Cafe Rojo. More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Jimmy Z, Propietario at Cafe Rojo, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for reviewing us, Raquel. I am glad you enjoy our food and drinks ;)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stumbled upon this place while looking for a place for dinner. Food was excellent. We had the smoke trout and shitake mushroom spring rolls, bun (vietnamese rich noodle with chicken and chocolate cake. Highly recommend if you are in downtown San Jose area. Pura...vida.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Jimmy Z, Propietario at Cafe Rojo, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your review. We are glad you had a good time. :)

Reviewed October 15, 2022 via mobile

Service and food were excellent. Great atmosphere. Great value for $$$ Highly recommend when in San Jose…………………………..

Date of visit: October 2022
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Jimmy Z, Propietario at Cafe Rojo, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Shannon. Thanks for recommending us.

Reviewed September 29, 2022 via mobile

The Place is very well lit. Very cool in downtown San José. The food is amazing, especially the Banh Mi with Pork Meatballs. Add a little Hoisin Sauce and you’ll have a DELICIOUS meal.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Jimmy Z, Propietario at Cafe Rojo, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

So happy to hear you enjoyed our offer. It is really rewarding reading this gentle comments. Thank you very much

Reviewed September 27, 2022 via mobile

Love it! Food, drinks, place, prices, servis, everything perfect! Deffinetly recomend! The whole concept is just great.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Jimmy Z, Propietario at Cafe Rojo, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Sooo happy to read you enjoyed it all. Thanks for sharing

Reviewed September 18, 2022 via mobile

Really, really good food, friendly & helpful staff/service with modern and comfortable atmosphere. One of the best places I found to eat in San Jose.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Jimmy Z, Propietario at Cafe Rojo, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello, We appreciate your kind evaluation. Thanks for letting other people know your experience

Reviewed September 1, 2022

Whatever you do... EAT HERE! If I could give this place 10 stars I would 😍 If you're in San Jose, make the trek to Cafe Rojo, try some delicious Vietnamese fusion food, sip on a Costa Rican craft beer and enjoy the friendly bilingual...staff. Cassie became my soul sister within 5 minutes, convinced me to give eggplant a second chance (dang she was right!) and my tastebuds were taken on a ride. Phew - those flavors!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Jimmy Z, Propietario at Cafe Rojo, responded to this reviewResponded September 9, 2022

Hello Amanda, Thanks for sharing your experience. We are really flattered by your kind words. I am passing this on to Cassie :)

Reviewed August 25, 2022

If you are staying in San Jose this is a must to visit beautiful delicious fresh tasty food, amazing friendly service with great vibes lovely relaxed chilled decor and atmosphere, you will not be disappointed thank you we loved it from the UK 😍

Date of visit: August 2022
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Jimmy Z, Propietario at Cafe Rojo, responded to this reviewResponded September 9, 2022

Hello Suzy, thank you very much for your kind words. We are really happy that you enjoyed our offer!!

Reviewed August 19, 2022

We were fortunate enough to find Cafe Rojo on our first night in San José, and we returned day after day over our eight day stay . The food is THAT good!! So is the service, the warm atmosphere, and the delectable desserts. My personal...favorites are the trout, the ginger coffee, and the Chilean Torte. Fantástico!!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Jimmy Z, Propietario at Cafe Rojo, responded to this reviewResponded September 9, 2022

We are really humbled by your kind words. Thank you for taking the time to review us

Reviewed August 19, 2022 via mobile

Charming old house, nice deco, local artists exhibitions. Different rooms with different decor. Sparkling Vietnamese food with amazing home made sauces. Simple, fresh, tasty ingredients. Staff is welcoming and attentive. Great experience!!!

Date of visit: August 2022
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Jimmy Z, Propietario at Cafe Rojo, responded to this reviewResponded September 9, 2022

hello Laurence. Thank you very much for this marvelous description. We are really happy you had a great experience!

Reviewed August 8, 2022 via mobile

Fresh and healthy amazing food. Excellent service, the waiter Daniel was very helpful explaining the menu and gave good recommendations. Highly recommend a visit.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Jimmy Z, Propietario at Cafe Rojo, responded to this reviewResponded September 9, 2022

Thank Rippo for rating us. We are really glad you had a good experience.

Reviewed August 8, 2022 via mobile

The food here was sooo good and sooo fresh. We stopped by for lunch because we were staying in the small hotel across the street. Their version of the “Casado” with smoked trout was amazing! One of the best fish dishes I’ve ever had. Their...aguas frescas and cocktails were also very good, and all for a great price.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Jimmy Z, Propietario at Cafe Rojo, responded to this reviewResponded September 9, 2022

Hello and thanks for this detailed review. We are really happy you had a nice meal with us :)

Reviewed August 8, 2022

So I've traveled around the world and been to a lot of different cities. San Jose really was nothing to rave about: congested, dirty, and unattractive. Until you start talking about the food. Cafe Rojo is a shining light in this cloudy city. When visiting...museums in the city center, it is well worth the 2-3 block walk to visit Cafe Rojo. Their Banh Mi with trout (trucha) is the absolute bomb!!!! Along with their homemade sauces this is a banh mi to compete with Thailand and likely win or come in a respectable top position. Everything about the restaurant food was amazing especially the curated cocktails. The Red Gin is really really good. Best of all was the Service. The manager of the restaurant attended to us and I have to say she was amazing. I highly recommend going to Cafe Rojo when visiting San Jose. You will not be disappointed. In fact it will raise your spirits after spending the day in San Jose.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Jimmy Z, Propietario at Cafe Rojo, responded to this reviewResponded September 9, 2022

hello Aquaman, This is one of the most generous reviews we have gotten. Thanks for taking the time to rate us. We try, indeed, to bring on a nice experience to people living or stayin in San Jose. Cheers

Reviewed July 27, 2022 via mobile

Stopped here for lunch and the food was amazing! Generous portions, tasty flavours and fab service. The smoked trout bowl was outstanding - amazing combo of flavours and textures. Will definitely come back!

Date of visit: July 2022
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Jimmy Z, Propietario at Cafe Rojo, responded to this reviewResponded September 9, 2022

Thanks so much for taking the time to review us. We are happy you enjoyed your our food!!

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Response from Catherinemiller | Reviewed this property |
there was an outdoor patio and I bet pets wound be welcome to be there
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Hola. Aceptamos VISA y MASTERCARD. Saludos
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San José downtown on avenida 7, Calle 3, green house with a massive cactus. You can check it out on gmaps under Café Rojo, San José.
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Yes, Cafe Rojo offers takeaway services.

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Cafe Rojo is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5