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Jalapenos Central

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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50 Mts South of Post Office, Alajuela, Costa Rica
+506 2430 4027
11:30 - 21:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:30 - 20:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 21:00
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Fort Worth, Texas
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123 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

free wifi but most places in alajuela have it. authentic food. made this our meeting point. food is good and at a good/fair price.

Thank TexasTerry_12
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very tasty food, strong Margaritas, luscious, home-made tasting deserts. Best tortilla soup ever! Cute decor…

Thank Terry S
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent food and reasonable prices. They have a very small kitchen which is completely visible to the customers and manage to produce the food in a timely manner.

Thank Laurens V
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went here with a business colleague, it is good but not fantastic. We were warned that the food is very spicy (picante) but was in fact quite mild. Prices were reasonable though. Waitress did speak some English but wasn't fluent, but certainly more than the Spanish I know! Couldn't quite bring our selves to return to it (we went on... More 

Thank Antman1961
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Liz had a great vegie burrito and I had a Chimichanga. The restaurant is licensed so awesome Margaritas and local beer. Norman Flores, the owner, makes every patron feel warm and friendly. On street parking with a watchee man. Also a few doors down is a great Columbian restaurant also owned by Norman. All his great servers speak English. Love... More 

Thank Dick T
Heredia, Costa Rica
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103 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

I recently returned to Jalapeños for lunch with a friend. Our meal was absolutely perfect, tasty, amazing. We had desert, which I expected to be so-so, but was also way beyond any expectations! Eating at Jalapeños is a treat. Visiting with Norman, the owner, is also a treat. Such wonderful human being with a fabulous restaurant and excellent, very well-trained... More 

Thank Blossom S
Costa Rica
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Food is good but needs for taste to get close to a real tex mex restaurant. Host was nice. Not a place for licking fingers

Thank juan A
San Luis Obispo, California
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47 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Great service, great food, fast and easy. Waitstaff speak english and they have english menu descriptions. Free wifi and takes credit cards. Tacos, burritos, chimichangas, nachos, etc- everything is good. Easy to find gluten-free here (wonderful for people like me allergic to wheat). They have tasty desserts too. Same owner runs Snr Patacone next door and it is also a... More 

Thank Benjamin W
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Great little Mexican restaurant in the centre of Alajuela. Very tasty and very reasonably priced. Will definitely go again.

Thank justin2306
San Jose de la Montana, Costa Rica
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

I took a friend to Jalapenos Central for a late lunch last week. It's always risky taking someone or even just recommending a favorite. You can't account for tastes and can't know that what they will order is something you would recommend. Fortunately, the planets all aligned and Henry followed my lead (mostly) and we both were gratified. We both... More 

Thank stfree

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$2 - US$9
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 50 Mts South of Post Office, Alajuela, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Alajuela
  • Phone Number: +506 2430 4027
Open 7 days a week. Mon- sat 11:30-9:00 pm Sun 11:30-8:00 pm Accept credit cards except American express

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