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“Food was good but expensive”

Restaurante El Patio del Balmoral
Ranked #20 of 620 Restaurants in San Jose
Cuisines: Italian, American, Latin, Spanish, South American, Central American, Costa Rican, International
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Good for: Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, Drinks, Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The Award Winning "El Patio" restaurant is located facing Avenida Central, San Jose's most visited pedestrian boulevard. Here you can enjoy a wide variety of international and typical Costa Rican dishes and drinks in a pleasant and relaxing setting. In our menu you will find meat and seafood dishes, pastas and risottos, soups and salads, sandwiches and hamburgers, and many local specialties. Live music every Wednesday and Friday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.
Atlanta, Georgia
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Food was good but expensive”
Reviewed 5 July 2014

The restaurant is nice and service was good but the prices were high. The portions and quality of the food were good but nothing was exceptional to justify the price.

Visited June 2014
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Atlanta, Georgia
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Food with a view”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

A very enjoyable place to sit down and enjoy the view of Costa Rica daily lifestyle while enjoying good food and good drinks. The employees are friendly and most important they all spoke good English. Not to many places in San Jose Costa Rica with this type of atmosphere and a variety of food choices. I highly recommend this restaurant while visiting San Jose Costa Rica.

  • Visited October 2013
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St. Augustine, Florida
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52 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Newly renovated and beautiful!”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

The Patio in the Balmoral is a wonderful place to meet for a drink or a light meal.
Since the renovations, it is bright and airy, with plants and lots of light. Very nice new modern furnishings. The high ceilings and openness provide a great atmosphere for conversations or business dealings. The Balmoral provides free wi-fi within the restaurant area. There is a coffee bar on the first level for a quick coffee and pastry. The bar upstairs has a great view of the street and the inside courtyard. Prices are reasonable and the food is always first-class. (Try the Ceviche!) I'll be back next time I'm in San Jose.

  • Visited June 2014
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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225 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Location and service”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

Right on the Avenida Central, El Patio has a great vibe with noises from the pedestrian walkway coming through into the open air restaurant. Service is great, with very agreeable waiters. I like this place for breakfast ... Good eggs, local bacon (tocineta), fresh juices and fruit. Recently I had a sopa negra (black bean soup) for lunch which was outstanding. The local twist on this is a hard boiled egg in the soup.
El patio is pretty large, and you can get a good view of the street downstairs or even upstairs.
It is my go to breakfast place when I want to get away from my hotel.

  • Visited June 2014
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Better than average ”
Reviewed 29 May 2014 via mobile

We found this place by accident - it's on the central avenue. Has a welcoming feel to it, looked relatively nice in comparison to other local options.
Service was polite and attentive - everyone spoke good English :) Food was on the better side of average. We had some sandwiches and nachos + imperial (which was served in a cold glass - great!). We would go back!

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