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In a century-old house in the historic center of San José, right in the emblematic Barrio Amón, is located Café Rojo, a restaurant and coffee house . We are a safe space, free of harassment and discrimination, with a cultural agenda of exhibitions and activities. We propose a simple, tasty and healthy culinary experience; inclusive for vegans and people on a gluten-free diet. Our dishes are inspired by the tropical flavors of Vietnamese and Costa Rican food and are made with fresh products, mostly from small local producers. We offer a selection of drinks and coffees with flavors and preparations made by us, as well as our selection of vegan and non-vegan desserts and pastries. We also have
PRICE RANGE
C$7 - C$12
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Cafe, Asian, Vietnamese, Healthy, Fusion
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Dog Friendly, Non-smoking restaurants
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A Pearl in the city super friendly hosts, delicious food with easy formula Loved the ginger drink as well. Glad i found this place amoungst all the typical commercial food chains

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This place was amazing! Great ambience, great service, great food. The desserts were delicious too. Food was easy to customize for a variety of eaters. Highly recommend!!

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Incredible place! Such nice workers and great food. It was an amazing start to our trip to Costa Rica. Definitely would recommend!

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed April 8, 2024

If you want great food with friendly service and nice atmosphere then Cafe Rojo is for you! Excellent and big dishes, there is a real danger that you order too much food. Do try the ginger drink, it's very tasty!

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 21, 2024 via mobile

One of the best eateries in San Jose, especially for vegans as there was a choice of rice noodles, rice or baguette with either egg plant or mushrooms, with salad - served with a fabulous selection of vegan sauces. Portions are generous & the staff...are excellent. Would have given 5 stars if the road traffic wasn't so noisy, so sit inside!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 12, 2024

Outstanding vegan and non-vegan food, large portions, great value. We were looking for a restaurant that could accommodate a variety of tastes and needs and we hit a home run.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 6, 2024 via mobile

My friend and I found this oasis on Trip Advisor. We ate at an outside table kept cool by dense tree foliage. Our waiter suggested the Vietnamese noodle bowels. My friend got hers with trout, and I had shiratake mushrooms as my topper. I also...had their blackberry infusion drink, too. Both of us really enjoyed our bowls. For dessert, we opted for the chocolate cake, which was big enough to share, along with the iced lattes. The lattes had a thick, delicious whip on top that would have made a dessert itself. The cake was so moist! If you have never had Vietnamese Fusion, give it a try at Cafe Roho! Oh, and our waiter was spot on with his suggestions!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 2, 2024

Something different at a good price. Great service and interaction. Great selection of cocktails. Easy to find but don't trust the drop location on their we site

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed February 20, 2024 via mobile

Excellent food we both enjoyed Bahn Mi one with chicken and the other with pork balls Quite busy for a Monday night, staff was helpful with answering any questions

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed February 3, 2024 via mobile

excellent food with a touch of Vietnamese flavors and ingredients. we tried a couple of delicious drinks such as Cafe Naranja and El Mestinzo. staff were super friendly. The bowls were huge, tasty and at an incredible price!

Date of visit: February 2024
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Jimmy Zuñiga, Owner at Cafe Rojo, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2024

Hello! Thanks for rating us and for sharing your experience

Reviewed January 29, 2024 via mobile

Excellent food and service, friendly and helpful. Gluten free and vegetarian items are marked on the menu. They understand the gluten issue and know how to handle it safely. The prices are very reasonable, for food and drinks. Easy to walk to in about 10...minutes if you are in the central tourist area. I wouldn’t drive, as traffic and parking are difficult. .More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Jimmy Zuñiga, Owner at Cafe Rojo, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2024

We are really pleased to hear that you felt how seriously we take any special diet requirements. Thanks for your rating

Reviewed December 22, 2023 via mobile

Yummy ! Found this through a Google search and this place didn’t disappoint. It’s a Vietnamese infusion restaurant. Menu has a good variety you can pick from bowl options to sandwich to noodles. Good choices on their protein as well. I went for the banh...mi on their freshly baked sour dough brew and it did not disappoint. Their bread is baked daily by bakers trained in France. Bread itself is so tasty and after it’s made into a sandwich it’s just yummy. Staff are SO friendly they speak English as well so that made things easier. Location is gorgeous!!! Check them out .More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Jimmy Zuniga, Propietario at Cafe Rojo, responded to this reviewResponded December 22, 2023

Thank you Reetu. Happy to hear you enjoyed our offer. Thanks for your 4 star review,

Reviewed December 17, 2023

First off, all the great reviews were warranted. The service was top notch. The food was fresh and tasty and the atmosphere was really cool. The desserts were the highlight, especially the passion fruit tort. The only strange thing was that we couldn't order the...Vietnamese bowl without mushrooms or any of the meat secondary add ons. They couldn't even put it on the side. I'm not sure if the wait staff didn't want to go against the menu or what the deal was, but that was pretty bizarre. We had to literally pick the mushrooms out of our son's bowl. I know that sounds petty given the quality of everything aforementioned, but it is a kind nudge to the restaurant to be a tad bit open to the requests. Still, I would gladly go back and recommend Cafe Rojo to anyone in town who wanted to eat well and have a wonderful experience while in San Jose.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Jimmy Zuniga, Propietario at Cafe Rojo, responded to this reviewResponded December 22, 2023

Hello Tim!!! It totally sounds like a mistake on our end. On behalf of my trainee I express my apologies. Happy to hear you still enjoyed our offer.

Reviewed December 16, 2023 via mobile

We loved this restaurant, with its pleasant atmosphere and delicious dishes.... in short, a flawless performance!!! Also, they can speak English, Spanish and French, as you wish !

Date of visit: December 2023
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Jimmy Zuniga, Propietario at Cafe Rojo, responded to this reviewResponded December 22, 2023

Thanks for your 5 star review. We are pleased to hear you liked it that much.

Reviewed December 11, 2023 via mobile

Oh God, this place is wonderful. Not only with tons of well-labeled vegan dishes but it was real, whole, healthy, tasty food! I came here after a day of travel food and Cafe Rojo was a godsend. Friendly, warm, helpful servers who spoke excellent English...too. I may come back to San Jose just to come to Cafe Rojo.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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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.

Yes, Cafe Rojo is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Cafe Rojo is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5