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“A Nice Change To Fish & Chips”
Review of RomeroJo's - CLOSED

RomeroJo's
Price range: US$9 - US$23
Cuisines: Caribbean, Cuban, Mexican, Costa Rican
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Authentic Latin food & the UK's only Costa Rican restaurant. Fully licensed. All dishes are freshly made with quality ingredients sourced locally wherever possible. Informal, friendly dining from 5-10pm Tues-Sunday. Try our premium Costa Rican coffee exclusive to RomeroJo's or our home-made rhum punch. Dog-friendly room, childrens & vegetarian options plus take-out available. Groups welcome. Most dishes are not spicy - you can add heat/spice to your liking with our complimentary house chilli salsa.
Reviewed 17 July 2014

We stumbled upon this place to eat whilst Googling for eateries that allowed dogs. This brought up the Trip Advisor reviews for the place and was generally recommended.

First Impression
On arriving at the restaurant the outside looked a little bit grubby, not very loved and was in need of a wash and brush up. The interior was clean and tidy. They had a room on the second floor that was assigned for people with dogs in tow.

Ambience
As we arrived shortly after opening there were no other diners, hence not much atmosphere. There was Costa Rican music being played on the first floor that didn't quite reach the second floor. A speaker on the 2nd floor would be nice.

Welcome & Staff
The waiter was pleasant and chatty. Once seated we were given a complimentary Rhum Punch. This was cool, refreshing and lovely tasting.

Communication
We had read that booking was recommended. Therefore we telephoned early afternoon on the day we intended to visit. It went to voicemail so left a message, contact number with a request for a return call to confirm booking. Nobody returned our call so chanced it and turned up at 4.00pm. The place was deserted (no one came during our 1 1/2 hours there) so we had the place to ourselves. The waiter explained their answer phone was not working properly, hence no reply.

Food - Starter
The waiter explained they did not have a Starter menu but people generally bought a Main and shared it between 2 people. We shared a Quesadilla - a filling of cheese, onion and chicken sandwiched between 2 Tortillas (toasted). This was cut into 8 pieces and drizzled with sour cream. Tasty enough but contained very little chicken. A small dish of hot chilli sauce was also available. This was extremely hot and spicy and just a little goes a long way.

Food - Main
On recommendation of the waiter we chose the National Dish of Casado with white fish. This was tasty and filling. There was a choice of 2 sauces and we opted for the creamy garlic sauce. Plenty of fresh chopped vegetables and salad.

Food - Dessert
No special Costa Rican dessert available. A small choice of ice creams only.

Cost
We were a party of two, shared a Main as a Starter, had a further Main each. We had 3 rum flavoured beers between us and one small sparking water = £40.50.

Overall
We enjoyed our visit, the food and the fact we could take our doggies. We would visit again.

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Reviewed 17 July 2014

Had a lovely meal here with two chicken fajitas. Full of flavour and very filling. Well worth a visit if you are tired of fish & chips. Complimentary rhum punch whilst ordering was a nice touch and was really nice too. Dog friendly too which is nice.

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2  Thank Kaisha W
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JoJo0101, Owner at RomeroJo's, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2014

Thank you for your review and choosing to dine with us. It's easy to prepare lovely Fajitas for lovely customers like you :-)

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Reviewed 7 July 2014

It was surprisingly difficult to find a place for food in central Whitby in the evening, especially with a child and when fed up with fish a chips. The restaurant was modest, honest and friendly. We had a very nice table by the window with our little girl, the food was brilliant and a fair amount and both the waiter and chef were super!

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JoJo0101, Owner at RomeroJo's, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2014

Thank you so much for your lovely review and choosing to dine with us! We're a small family run independant business and Chef takes great pride in his food and we like to have a fun, friendly atmosphere in the restaurant. Most (99.9%) of our customers are fantastic like you so makes it easy for us to be friendly ;-)

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Reviewed 3 July 2014

After looking for something different and reading the reviews we were looking forward to this as our first stopping point in Whitby and were not disappointed.
We booked our table in advance which was a good idea as this place seems very popular, any more than the two of us and there might have been a wait (its still worth it though)
After the really friendly and helpful staff served us with what seemed like fairly potent rhum punch, I chose the chicken Casado whilst my partner went for a pork dish with peppers (I can't remember what it was now) and both dishes were really tasty and very filling, if you need a bit of heat then I highly recommend asking for chilli, my kind of heat!
Add a pretty decent bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon and we enjoyed a lovely meal for the bargain price of £32.50.
If we had more time, we'd have definitely visited again!

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JoJo0101, Owner at RomeroJo's, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2014

Thank you for choosing to dine with us. Remember serving you & it was obvious you're descerning customers who understand good food - and we really enjoy it when we see people enjoying our food! Come back soon!

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Reviewed 3 July 2014

You've got to try the spicy wings but beware when it says hot well they were. the nachos were great and the rum punch was fantastic the wine the service the food and restaurant were all 1st class and the price was very good

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1  Thank Ian W
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JoJo0101, Owner at RomeroJo's, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2014

Thank you for your review - we really do appreciate it!

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