Traditional Costa Rican Restaurants
Some of San José's best spots to enjoy local delicacies at reasonable prices
Great grub at great prices
While many of the better traditional eateries of Costa Rica may be found in some of the more outlying and rural areas outside the capital, San José itself also offers its fair share - and these also tend to be more popularly priced than the fancy international restaurants. One of the most popular is La Botija on Calle 3, very near St. Sebastian Church. At this colourful spot you can feast on all manner of national delicacies like olla de carne (beef stew), sopa negra (black-bean soup), tamales, chicharrones, and mondongo (beef tripe soup). Other top choices include Nuestra Tierra on Avenida 2 next to the Plaza de la Democracia; Las Candilejas on Avenida 4; and Restaurante Poás on Avenida 7 between Calles 3 and 5.