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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Single-use or sanitized menus
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Updated 20-10-05 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Cafe Rojo
Updated 20-10-05 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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US$5 - US$9
Cafe, Asian, Vietnamese, Healthy, Fusion
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I visited this restaurant on my last night in Costa Rica. I had read the reviews so I wanted to visit but it was late by the time I got there. The woman that helped me (I think she said it was her restaurant but...I'm not positive) was incredibly helpful. She spoke English and Spanish, which I know I shouldn't expect since it is a Spanish speaking country but I had questions so it was helpful. I was between two items and she gave her recommendation but was concerned since I was getting it to go and didn't want the quality to suffer. This was a huge bonus because it resulted in her putting the salad topping for the sandwich separately BUT it was also refreshing for someone to care about the quality of their product even after it is out of their hands. The eggplant sandwich was delicious even after my walk to the hotel and the customer service was the best of anywhere I went in San Jose. I would definitely recommend this place. Thank you!More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice building easy to find. Great staff and amazing suggestions and explanations on their food. Would recommend

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had just arrived in Costa Rica and were tired and hungry when we found Cafe Rio and a bit crabby. Simply put, we quickly realized it has exceptional food that is both comforting and innovative and a staff that cares about the environment and...foods they create. Complementing vietnamese cuisine with central american flavors, the menu is purposely simple in how precise they aim to be with their flavor and texture combinations. It is it's own experience to be able to clearly taste someone's vision from the appetizers all the way to the home made desserts. Super vegan and vegetarian friendly, but would recommend as a must eat to all foodies. My partner and I stopped by for a late lunch but ended up spending a few hours tasting our way through the menu and enjoying the tranquil plants-filled setting.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After a day of travel, we looked for something close by. After reading the reviews of Cafe Rojo, I knew this was where we wanted to go. Our server was so nice and very helpful with the descriptions of the dishes available. My husband and...I both chose the Bahn Mi sandwich with the carmalized chicken along with the ginger lemonade. The sandwich was amazing! The bread was delicious and crusty, chicken moist and flavorful and veggies were fresh. I will dream of this sandwich in days to come. The chocolate cake was pretty darn good as well.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was incredible, from drinks to the main dishes to the freshly baked desserts. We had a work meeting and had a large dining area all to ourselves and we were very well taken care of during our meeting and during our meal. We...felt at home. The building itself is so beautiful. A hidden gem just a few blocks from shops and museums yet tucked away in a quieter smaller street. We liked it so much that the next day I took my entire family there. The staff ensured strict Covid protocols were followed to ensure everyone's safetyMore

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have gone to have lunch and dinner at this place a couple of times, every time the service has been excellent; the quality of the food itself is amazing! And the decoration is pretty. The environment is peaceful, which is convenient especially when you...are dining on your own or with a special one. I always order the house wine which is delicious! If you are in San José downtown I recommend you to try this placeMore

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is, without a doubt, the best meal I’ve had since arriving in Costa Rica. The service was impeccable and friendly, the food was well balanced and the spicing was delicate and beautiful. I wish I could pick this place up and carry it on...my back to Minnesota so that I could go three times a week. Many many options on the menu, but the desert, oh my God the desert, try the chocolate cake!More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed March 7, 2021 via mobile

Food, cafe, service, and ambience - all 10/10! Very fresh and flavorful- que rica. Also the staff was lovely.

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed February 25, 2021

For a place that ranks very high on TA the service sucked!! No one ever came back to see how things were or take away the plates.. menu needs work!! Don’t try the house sauces!!More

Date of visit: February 2021
Jimmy Z, Propietario at Cafe Rojo, responded to this reviewResponded February 27, 2021

Hello Brian. Thanks for letting us now this happened. This is not customary in our restaurant, we try to provide all of our customers with the best customers service, however we are still adjusting from the pandemic fluctuations in the number of customer, but we...More

Reviewed February 21, 2021 via mobile

Great food and service! Tried a chicken bowl, Chilean cake and latte, everything was amazing. Cute design outside. Would definitely go there again.

Date of visit: February 2021
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January 28, 2015|
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Response from Jimz1982 | Property representative |
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.
January 28, 2015|
Response from John H | Reviewed this property |
Its on Avenida 7 near Calle 1, a block or two west of the Hotel Santo Tomas, which you can find on Google maps.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cafe Rojo

  • Yes, Cafe Rojo offers takeaway services.

  • Yes, Cafe Rojo offers delivery 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: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4.5
    • Atmosphere: 4.5