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La Casa de Dona Lela

££ - £££
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, Spanish, South American
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Carretera A Guapiles, San Miguel, Costa Rica
+506 2236 9909
08:00 - 21:00
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Fri - Sat 08:00 - 21:30
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2016 via mobile

Over the years this restaurant has proven that quality can be kept through time. The 'Olla de carne' a traditional beef soup with vegetables is one of the best you can have.

Thank Rasch55
Colorado Springs
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377 reviews
259 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2016

Excellent Costa Rican breakfast foods (lots of choices); rain forest decor; family friendly; good service.

Thank mtscribe
Helena, Montana
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111 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2016

On the day after Christmas we ate lunch in La Casa Dona Lela, and having learned about the holiday practice of making tamales with pork and corn meal we asked for those as an appetizer, and ordered a couple of other local dishes from the menu. Everything was good about the meal from service to quality of the food, although... More 

Thank Daniel E
Long Beach, California
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96 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2015

The traditional "Olla de Carne" (Beef Soup) was delicious and with plenty variety of roots and vegetables. Nice restaurant.

Thank LinchyTica
Anchorage, Alaska
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310 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2015

I asked my hosts to take me to a place where I could eat food special to Costa Rica. They took me to Dona Lela. The menu is extensive and in Spanish and I was overwhelmed. So, my host asked the kitchen to bring us a large platter with lots of samples. And they did! It was big enough to... More 

Thank Carolyn J
Orlando, Florida
2 reviews
Reviewed 25 January 2015

Awesome , delicious dishes. Traditional Costa Rica food. When with family the service was very fast.

Thank Victorfromorlando
2 reviews
Reviewed 16 January 2015

The restaurant is right in the highway and offers tasty local food. I passed by with unknown expectations and lots of hunger. I ate lots of typical dishes and paid reasonable price. Liked it a lot

Thank Sebastian B
Jakarta, Indonesia
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33 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2014

Awesome large dishes of the most delicious - traditional Costa Rican food. Huge open place, simple but clean, noisy, but friendly. Amazing varied dishes with lots of choices and impressive quantities. Not so cheap, but most likely, after eating great, you will pack a good meal to go!

Thank DonGaTico
Curridabat, Costa Rica
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2014

I go here frequently because I can get there by walking. The food is good. I like the Chifrijo, which the pork is always tender. My kids eat the chicken casado. It is kind of expensive and the service isn't the fastest, but I usually go for lunch and I'm not in a rush

Thank Laurenn K
San Jose, Costa Rica
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2014

This restaurant serve traditional Costa Rican food. The service is average but the quality of the food is great. Because of it's concept, you won't be getting regular tables or chairs, the whole concept is like a traditional Costa rican house from the last century. It's a great place for families as well.

Thank JPSotoCR

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, Spanish, South American
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Carretera A Guapiles, San Miguel, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Limon  >  San Miguel
  • Phone Number: +506 2236 9909

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