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Aya Sofia Cafe and Bistro

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St. 33 Ave 3, Barrio Escalante, de Bagleman 170 mts al norte, San Jose, Costa Rica
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Been a few times, really good food and service. Even better now they have cocktail bar. Will go again very soon. Thank you. Jx

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016

We asked our hotel for a restaurant serving seafood or fish. They recommended Sofia. We like Turkish food and it was only two blocks away. Nicely designed interior, professional wait staff. Good menu of Mediterranean cuisines, Turkish, Italian and Greek. We had good but simple food for two weeks in Costa Rica. Sofia was more sophisticated, a pleasant change. We... More 

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Thank JohnKappa
Great Falls, Montana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2016 via mobile

Great Mediterranean food and excellent service by bilingual servers. It is in a delightful setting on a small back street in San Jose. It is a bit pricey, however.

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Thank Dexter B
Bonn, Germany
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2016

nice neighborhood; very tasty food, great service and nice Ambiente in the restaurant. Not cheap but worth it!

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Thank abrudap
Province of San Jose, Costa Rica
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2015

This is a restaurant that is delightful in ambiance, in food and beverages. Lamb is not often served in Costa Rica so this a lamb lovers delight. The meal is wonderful if you order the sampler for appetizers it has 6 different items including a special Turkish yogurt that has a super secret recipe. The dishes are lamb, pasta, fish... More 

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Thank Carolyn R
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2015

in bario escalante there is a street the locals call calle de gastrómana - restaurant Sofia ranks high in our book for the area for traditional Mediterranean-style delicatessen. lovely atmosphere, congenial staff, great selection of starters - we enjoyed the combination plate w/Turkish-style bread, a plate of salmon cut thin like carpaccio, and fried squid. The six of us had... More 

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Thank 510paulkh
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2015 via mobile

We had a tomato soup that was exquisite and being a lamb lover, l couldn't refrain from choosing the lamb festival that was cooked and exactly as wished: size tables and variety. Service was slow and waiters should be more welcoming and more smiling

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Thank jjsmonaco
Portarlington, Ireland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2015 via mobile

The price does not reflect the quality of the food. Very mediocre food. The night we were there, there was live music. We paid a small cover charge but were only informed of this when the bill arrived.

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laguna apoyo
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2015 via mobile

une attention horrible... horrible food. if you are looking for med food that not the place.. tres mauvaise ambience , seul le pianiste etait bien.

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Thank CasaAromansse
San Jose, Costa Rica
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2015

It is a small restaurant in the restaurant area of Barrio Escalante. This is real Mediterranean food, Turkish, and the lamb is the best option by far. The curry with vegetables are very good as well. If there are figs from Turkey order for dessert. Mussels are good but not too good. Service is very good. Maybe the price is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Turkish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: St. 33 Ave 3, Barrio Escalante, de Bagleman 170 mts al norte, San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of San Jose  >  San Jose Metro  >  San Jose

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