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“Cool location”

Tree House Restaurante & Cafe
Ranked #8 of 47 Restaurants in Santa Elena
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$6 - US$20
Cuisines: Costa Rican, Peruvian, Cafe
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: At the Tree House we offer a unique ambiance, we have a huge ficus tree in the middle of the restaurant.Our menu has many options, from snacks, beer and cocktails to a complete diner with a great wine.Our coffee is very special, one the best coffees in Costa Rica, we roast it ourselves and have 4 great Baristas who will make a perfect coffee, you will get incredible latte art! Our staff is very friendly. We really care about customers, so if you have any issues at the restaurant please work it out with us and we promise we will give you a satisfying solution! Thanks!
Reviewed 30 June 2014

It's really worth to eat there once if you stay in Monteverde. The tree in the middle of the restaurant looks very nice and I liked the atmosphere. Had the tomato soup which was fantastic.

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Background: It's not everyday that you see a treehouse, let alone an entire restaurant built atop one. But walking around town one night, our tour group chanced upon this unique establishment. Even from afar, my attention was quickly drawn towards the treehouse. Access to the restaurant is via a metal-grill spiral staircase beside the tree trunk.

PROS: Location... location... location is its best asset, situated smack dead centre in the middle of town by the main thoroughfare. The relaxed ambience of the place is quite evident as you enter. Our porch-side table looks over the main street, was airy and perfect for people watching. The menu items were extensive and varied. Food presentation was satisfactory, while food portions were generous.

CONS: A few come to mind -- First, the food ranged from above average to very good. Though nothing was downright awful, nothing was exceptional either. (To be fair, I must admit the Nachos Tree House Platter was great!) Next, service is inconsistent and is the first to suffer when the place gets busy. Although our waiter was friendly, he was not on the top of his game that night. It took forever to get our bill that we as a group decided to approach the cashier instead. However, by and large, my main knock was the price: It leans on the expensive side. But, mind you, you are also paying for the view and the ambience. It's definitely not for the budget-conscious, but then -- hey -- this isn't McDonald's.

Verdict: There you have it. The pros balance out the cons. There are a lot of positives while the negatives, though minor, are not insignificant and need to be addressed. Having a full-scale restaurant built upon a treehouse is -- I might say -- quite cute. But beyond its novelty value, if that's your main draw, then there's something wrong in the mix. I would not necessarily discourage you from choosing this place, so go ahead and try it. But for me to return, I'd have to toss a coin. Meh... Grade B+.

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Thank Eternal_Nomad_12
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

My wife and I recently had lunch here in Monteverde in Costa Rica, and had a terrible experience with the waiter and staff trying to overcharge us and rip us off.
The waiter not only tried to double the prices that were printed on the menu, BEFORE adding the taxes, but actually tried to charge us for food that we never ordered. It was the craziest thing I had ever experienced with any restaurant.
To make matters even worse, the scammer waiter was very reluctant to adjust the bill, until we talked to the restaurant manager and started telling other Americans who were walking in as we were trying to settle the bill. As other Americans listened to us, and walked out of this clip joint, the little thief waiter finally adjusted the bill but still overcharged us by almost 10 bucks.
We won't be fooled again by this rip-off clip joint because we'll never go back to this Con House Tree House joint.

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Thank Doug C
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

Unique ambience, amazing atmosphere, fun place, and prices are reasonable. Must see while in Monteverde.

Thank Marina P
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

This restaurant is a bit pricey, but it was nice to have a variety of food choices and, of course, the unique experience of eating in a huge tree. The Ensalada Verde and Crepas de Vegetales were both delicious! The Sopa de Mariscos was just average at best. At night they advertised Latin music but actually played a lot of American oldies - not bad, not great, but not what was anticipated.

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Thank KayJay084
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