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Cafe Mundo

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Calle 15 y Avenida 9 | 200m este y 100m norte del INS, San Jose, Costa Rica
+506 2222 6190
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 10:30
Fri 11:00 - 12:00
Sat 05:00 - 12:00
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I enjoyed the atmosphere, but was not impressed with the food both times that i ate there. I have no plans on going back.

Thank Chris D
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100 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Really enjoyed the food and the service was great. It was fast and friendly. We don't live in SJO but if we did we would for sure go there more often. The house itself looks to be a historical house and it is very funky. Would definitely recommend to friends and family..

Thank brendad288
zagatchicago, Propietario at Cafe Mundo, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and your nice review More 

Dallas, Texas
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

From the moment you enter the gates of this gracious home-turned-restaurant you feel like you've left the depressing security bars and sad, squat little buildings of San Jose behind. We sat on the terrace surrounded by a lush garden, colorful walls and beautiful tiled floor. The staff was exceptionally friendly, and managed to provide great service in spite of the... More 

Thank Erika T
Vancouver, Canada
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37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very sketchy area to begin with, but once there, the food was pretty good, and if you want, you can go off the menu. Staff may have had an off night as the service was pretty poor. Our friend dropped a wine glass, and she was wearing flip flops and the staff didn't even clean up the glass until we... More 

Thank Waikai1
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Overall pleasant experience- way overpriced personal pizza $15 - 22 depending on what you order. House converted to restaurant- small rooms-alcoves-veranda dinning. Hard to find--NO SIGN! Walking in main entrance -like going into a jungle- first timers would be wary of getting mugged. Owner gracious/pleasant staff very nice /attentive. Serve fresh bread(so-so) with olive oil y cheese(olive oil was lacking-not... More 

Thank Robert A L
zagatchicago, Propietario at Cafe Mundo, responded to this review

Dear costumer: Perhaps you ignore that Costa Rica is one of the most expensive countries in the area , and all the premium ingredients we buy for our restaurant are more pricey than in the US, and you also seem to you ignore the fact that there is a mandatory 23% sales and service tax that has to be added... More 

Rabat, Malta
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived in San Jose late and found cafe Mundo close to our hotel. The building is very pretty, we sat on the terrace and were greeted immediately by very friendly staff. My husband had the beef stew from the specials menu which was very good and I wasn't as hungry so I had a couple of appetizers, the melizana... More 

Thank zendrich
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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3 reviews
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

I loved sitting on the veranda having a very good penne con vodka and local Ambar beer Very welcoming and attentive staff Perfect end the day Will come again

Thank Linda B
San Jose, Costa Rica
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Is a great place located in an old house in SJO downtown.. I recommend to arrive using UBER or red taxis and do not walk around the place if you go during the night. I love everything in the menu and the wine of the house is the best. The price goes according to the place and the food quality

Thank LizzySH_cr
Milton Keynes
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19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Nice cafe hidden away but recommended by our tour company. The service was great and everyone loved the food - apart from the pizza which had far too much cheese!

Thank CraighallMK
zagatchicago, Propietario at Cafe Mundo, responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting us . Our pizzas are made with homemade sourdough crust and fresh ingredients , and we use the amount of cheese that our customers like , based on 22 years of experience, but tastes vary , especially from one country to another . Next time you visit us we woul be happy to make... More 

Lewes, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

I have read some of the reviews here and I think they may have been eating in a different restaurant. My experience was very disappointing. The building is nice, decor ok, but the meal I had was tiny, poorly cooked and very expensive for what it was. Two small plates of pasta in a soupy sauce and one glass of... More 

Thank Dawn A
zagatchicago, Propietario at Cafe Mundo, responded to this review

We are very sorry that you did not enjoy your visit to Cafe Mundo, please remember that in Costa Rica there is a 23 % service and sales tax , and that inflates prices quite a bit , besides we use high quality imported goods that are also heavily taxed, in spite of that our prices are lower than ,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$100 - US$400
Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 10:30
11:00 - 10:30
11:00 - 10:30
11:00 - 10:30
11:00 - 12:00
05:00 - 12:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle 15 y Avenida 9 | 200m este y 100m norte del INS, San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of San Jose  >  San Jose Metro  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +506 2222 6190

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