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“Local Food - As good as it gets!”

Casona de Dona Julia
Ranked #32 of 238 Restaurants in Alajuela
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Costa Rican
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Reviewed January 9, 2018

Personally, I dislike restaurants that are targeted to tourist (Especially American Tourist). Everything has an enough of an American flare that it seems too similar. When out and about I prefer easting what the locals do. That said we all know that some local food experiences you do at your own risk.

Not this one. The is a very authentic local food experience without sacrificing quality at a GREAT price. My favorite is their seafood soups - amazing. BTW know that all of their portions are huge. I asked how big their soup bowls were vs cups. They gestured with their hands a bowl size similar to what you may use for your morning cereal. It was not, possibly twice that size at the very least. Not a bad deal but we ordered a second dish that we could not finish. So go hungry!

Do not leave without trying their naturally prepared juices. Any juice will do they are all prepared with filtered water. My favorite is the cas (Costa Rican Guava).

Thank Felix N
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Reviewed August 5, 2017 via mobile

Pure costarican food, it was our second time in the restaurant and the food was even better than the first time,

We highly recommend the Olla de Carne and any Casados dish

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Reviewed May 11, 2017 via mobile

First proper morning of our honeymoon...7 hours time difference so by 0800 we were famished! Driving to La Paz from Poasito we were recommended Doña Julia by our B&B host.

The aesthetics appealed to our cultural side and the friendly host tempted us into a traditional Costa Rican breakfast (it wasn't a hard sell really!!!).

Freshly brewed local coffee from a friend of the owner's started the meal off to perfection! And the food itself didn't disappoint! Honestly words cannot do this breakfast justice! I wish I had made note of what it was called.

It set our first day off to perfection and we were both stuffed by the time we had almost cleared our plates!

Friendly staff, traditional food cooked incredibly!

Hope we can go back soon! Loved everyone we met here!!

Thank Cal B
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Reviewed May 2, 2017

It is a very nice restaurant with variety of typical dishes, on Sundays it could be crowded and you may wait 5-10 minutes for a table but, its worth it, relation price/service/quality is decent.

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Thank Adolfo A
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Reviewed March 9, 2017

We were visiting with family at Volcano Poas and they asked if we would like to go to a traditional Costa Rica restaurant. We said yes and we were not disappointed. The decorate is rustic but clean. The menu is typical with their specially being being soup with meat and vegetables. It was big enough for two. Also their smoothies are very good. I liked the strawberry one. The cassodes were also good.

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Thank Buckziz
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