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Cafe Mundo

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Calle 15 y Avenida 9 | 200m este y 100m norte del INS, San Jose, Costa Rica
+506 2222 6190
05:00 - 12:00
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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 10:30
Fri 11:00 - 12:00
Sat 05:00 - 12:00
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

All good here. Loved the food as did everyone else in the party. Service was slow and not real friendly.

Thank Julio V
Sacramento, California
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We first went here couple of years ago and had to come back. We were staying across the street at a little place called Hotel Vesuvio and our host suggested we try it. What a great place. This is a typical 'San Jose ' family restaurant, serving Mediterranean cuisine, just delicious, at a reasonable price. We had a 'Lemon Pepper... More 

Thank Vincent S
Houston, Texas
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

garage door opens any you have a coffee shop noted by a flip board sign - ordered coffee con leche, it was slow to arrive albeit I was the only one there at the time mid-morning, it came in a nice size ceramic cup and saucer at a starbux price and I did't care for the flavor.

Thank DuncanPutter
zagatchicago, Propietario at Cafe Mundo, responded to this review

You are reviewing a different place! Café Mundo is not a garage, , we are located in a beautifully restored Victorian mansion , and we are not open in the mornings, we kindly request you remove this review More 

Grecia, Costa Rica
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39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

When my friends and I visit San Jose about once a month, we typically select one of a few favorite restaurants for lunch, and Cafe Mundo is definitely on the "favorite" list! Very interesting "historic" building with many dining rooms. Terrific food (mostly Italian) and huge portions. Favorites include several pasta dishes. grilled chicken and veggie salad and a variety... More 

Thank dustymar
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151 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

When in San Jose, I try to come to Cafe Mundo. The food is very good with good bi-lingual staff. I also like how they start you with homemade bread with olive oil. The restaurant is on the corner and well hid from unaware tourist. I'm not sure what Yunnan style meals are but I do know that food is... More 

Thank airdronepilot
Campeche, Mexico
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28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

We walked past this restaurant a couple of times before tentatively stepping inside. Lovely waiting staff. Homemade bread with olive oil to start. Jug of tap water produced without asking. We had pasta with beans and roast tomatoes, and pasta with tomato sauce and pesto. Absolutely delicious. You can choose between a large or regular portion of pasta. We had... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped by on a really rainy night. This was recommended by a local Tico, We never would've found it on our own. Great find beautiful location awesome food!! Great staff...Cindy our server was fantastic!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

It has adequate food and for all tastes, their prices are accessible to all Persons attending provide good service and kindly serve also are suitable facilities have rooms for special activities and may make reservations.

Thank Luis Guillermo M
Santa Monica, California
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Dont be fooled by its good old ratings, about 7 yeras ago this use to be a great resturant. It has become so mediocre its sad, since the place is in a good location and the space is nice. But the food is really bad, not sure what happened

Thank 667sarahc667
New York, New York, United States
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36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

Food was perfect. The décor is perfect. The front is no-descript, so make sure to pay attention or you will miss it. The wait staff is very attentive. The prices are great for the level of quality you get.

Thank Michael B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$100 - US$400
Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 10:30
11:00 - 10:30
11:00 - 10:30
11:00 - 10:30
11:00 - 12:00
05:00 - 12:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle 15 y Avenida 9 | 200m este y 100m norte del INS, San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of San Jose  >  San Jose Metro  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +506 2222 6190

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