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“Good Italian but can do better”
Review of Limoncello

Limoncello
Ranked #20 of 680 Restaurants in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$15
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 3 May 2014

After two weeks in Costa Rica, I wanted to stay away from the local cuisine (a bit repetitive for my taste ...) and eat Italian. So here we go for Limoncello. Relatively close to San Jose center (USD 2 taxi ride from Holiday Inn). Staff is welcoming and courteous. Dining room is quite old fashion, nothing wrong with that.

Tuna tartare as a starter was very good, original with avocado and mangos. To follow spaghetti del mar, generous proportion, many muscles and other sea products. The tiramisu for "postre" though is to avoid - supposely home made - too compact and original recipy might have been lost in translation between Italy and this side of the pond. Did suggest the chef to revise his recipy (maybe other would disagree and find it good).

Overall good experience. Staff kindness explains the "very good" rating as i hesitated with "average".

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Reviewed 17 April 2014

PROs: The restaurant is very nicely separated by tables, making it possible to have private chats, also romantic dinners. The tables are set nicely, very nicely, the area it is located is safe and quiet. The restaurant itself is decorated average style. The winelist is very good to excellent and the prices are very, very reasonable for the quality. The service is excellent, nothing bad behind. Really excellent. Not very personal, but excellent. Which I appreciate.
If you wanna try a good wine for a reasonable price, try Bonarda de Mendoza / Argentina. Food is excellent.
CONs: The whole eperience is a bit quiet, not lively, for those demanding some action. But elsewise perfect. The service is so perfectly good and distanced, it might be a bit akward for some people to be called 'don'/'sir' or something like that. For romantic dinners, too much attention, even if ecellent.
At all: Really recommendable and probably the best restaurant in San Jose and all Cosa Rica. Chapeau. Really good!

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Reviewed 31 March 2014

I rely on Tripadvisor to discover reliable restaurants when traveling and this one did not disappoint. The menu consisted of many great options for italian food. Coming from the NY area, I know good italian food is difficult to find abroad, and although this place does not measure up to what I get back home, this place fit the bill quite nicely in San Jose. I'd rate the food as 3 stars if this place was in the NY area, but the service was wonderful and the restaurant was a great escape from the craziness that is the city of San Jose, so it gets 4 stars.

Thank Manny C
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Reviewed 31 December 2013

If you have to eat gluten free, do not hesitate at all to have dinner at this Italian restaurant!! The majority of the dishes on the menu can be prepared gluten free (including pastas, pizza). They even serve gluten free beer, but also have a good choice of excellent wines.

Service was great; very kind, helpful and quick - would definitely come back when visiting San Jose in the future!

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Thank Femke S
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Reviewed 25 December 2013 via mobile

I have had the good luck to travel the world because of my job, and have been in many restaurants many which I dont even remember now. I can say however that I will always remember lemoncello whenever I come back to Costa Rica and will always go back when I have the chance. The food and service is A1 and the prices are too low for the quality you receive, I highly recomend it!!

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