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“Gringo Haven” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mac's American Bar

Ranked #474 of 589 Restaurants in San Jose
Cuisines: Bar, Pub
Dining options: Dinner, Seating, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Seating, Waitstaff
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79 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Gringo Haven”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2012

Huge American hamburgers with fries and any beer you want while watching sports. Large selection of other foods. Friendly staff. Location is just off Sabana park and easy to get to.

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  • English first
  • Spanish first
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English first
San José
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Good location... all the rest is mediocre. Should get a parking lot”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2011

The location is very good, right next to the Sabana Park and the Tennis Club. The prices are pretty boiled up from a CoSTA Rican point of view (though I guess the gringos would not mind that too much). The fries were stiff and the onion rings were so greasy that you had to use a swimming suit to eat them. The waiter girls are nice, but they are too few so the service is pretty slow. And they should wear a uniform, it is hard to recognize the waiter from the client.

Hamburgers are really good though. The enviroment is relaxed and there is a pool table.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Stephenville, Texas
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162 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
“Dang Shame - I Was Set To Brag”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2011

I'm from Texas. I'm also a cook, a past competition chili cook, a bbq judge and bean judge on multiple ocassions, a bbq shack owner, a hamburger shack owner, a caterer, and blah, blah, blah. Enough about my bonafides. I know food, Texas, southern and regional. I went to Mac's with a friend who knows the owner and promised me real Texas goodies. Big disapointment . I had the chicken tortilla soup which was a typical fouled up lazy excuse for one of my all time favorites which I have eaten all over Texas. Wasn't chunky and had no avocado slices and was more like broth with restaurant style chips thrown in. My bud had the chili (get a rope !) and it was sweet ? and had ...BEANS in it. My Gawd can you believe it ? They need someone who knows what they are doing. Upstairs is nice hangout and well placed close to the Tennis Club and downtown but it's another phony with....you guessed it....bad attitudes .

  • Visited May 2011
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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“good food,”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2008

good food,

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“It a good bar to be with...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2007

It a good bar to be with friends

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