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“Overrated and not authentic”

Chez Christophe French Bakery and Bistro
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Breakfast
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast
Heredia, Costa Rica
Level 6 Contributor
105 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Overrated and not authentic”
Reviewed 22 October 2013

I find this place to be quite amusing in the draw of fancy parents, nannys and un-disciplined children climbing on the glass display case and chairs. Somehow the crowd that comes here thinks this is what fresh, french baked goods taste like....such a shame as this place has such potential but lacks the real ingredients and a sense of European flare. I think Le Petite France in Curridabat, Restaurant Colbert in Varablanca near Poas or Brillocco (italian) in Plaza Itscazú is better priced, fresh and much much tastier and authentic. Plus there is an owner presence, more friendly staff and fresher more authentic product.

Maybe this bakery was once owned by a french chef but that person has since moved on. It's such a shame.

I have been here a handful of times and everytime is lackluster. The pastries are overpriced (to be expected in Escazú), not super fresh nor super tasty. Just sugary. We did enjoy a chocolate cake with chocolate shavings on top once at a birthday party but other than that I have not been super impressed. My question is: where is the french presence? Where is the floor manager? The wait staff is not very passionate nor interested in their job.

The caprese salad is not a caprese salad but a pile of way too many thinly sliced tomatoes (around 30 slices), a few pieces of mozz and a dollop of pesto. Some onions and small, non-meaty, cheap calamata olives are on top for decoration but it's strange because that's not what goes on a caprese salad....it seems like there is no chef making the dishes just some line cooks. such a shame. the place has such potential and could really use a "face-lift" on its logo (a big pink bow ribbon-- cheesy and outdated) in my opinion.

  • Visited September 2013
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3 Thank Katma_12
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  • English first
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English first
Level 6 Contributor
322 reviews
223 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
“Not so good”
Reviewed 13 September 2013 via mobile

I went there with my wife last May or beginning of June
We took the quiches there were good and we split 3 pastries
One was fresh and tasty
The 2 other were probably 3 days old and we could not finish it
The ambience and service are OK

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank Jcbga
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Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Simply the best!!!”
Reviewed 6 September 2013 via mobile

Perfect ambiance to relax with friends and food is what you are looking for, simple and delicious. Service is excellent and tha quality of the ingredients are always fresh. Its the place to go after work to enjoy and have a lovely time with friends.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank xelander45
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San Jose, Costa Rica
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“great place for Saturday and Sunday breakfast”
Reviewed 21 August 2013

Good omelettes and great pastries. We've been there regularly for breakfasts in the weekends since we moved to Escazu.

Visited July 2013
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Thank Bjorn H
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Doral, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great bread and salads”
Reviewed 9 August 2013

Went for lunch with a friend and the food was quite good. My friend ordered a salad which she said was delicious and I ordered a sandwich on a croissant also quite good. The pastries we had for dessert were yummy. It is a good option for coffee or lunch if you are in the area, parking can be a problem, though. The place is usually full and the amount of spaces is limited.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank gachris
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