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“A definite cut above” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Restaurant Trio

Restaurant Trio
Ranked #18 of 43 Restaurants in Santa Elena
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$4 - US$17
Cuisines: Latin, Central American, Fusion
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff
Granby, Canada
Level Contributor
12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A definite cut above”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014

We have been raving about David and his wonderful restaurant ever since we came across Trio in June. Located beside the supermarket, we were skeptical when we walked up the stairs, but upon crossing into the warm atmosphere, we were already enthralled. Nice music, a warm smile, and clean, clear lines made us feel at home. This is not your typical rice and beans restaurant, but as the chef/owner explained to us, one can still find adaptations of Costa Rican cuisine. We dined on fresh ingredients under an attentive eye. My salad - caramelized fig and roasted mango - may have been the top of my life. The sous-vide meats were done to perfection.
We are so glad to have ignored the recommendation of our B&B owner and gone for Trio instead. We could easily see David, who has trained outside of Costa Rica, preparing his treats in a cosmopolitan city. His recipes will soon be online, and I will be looking for them.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Joy B
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
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6 reviews
“Delicous!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014

The ingredients were fresh, all local! The flavors were distinctive. The chef and waiter very friendly. The location is central but not in the glare. You will not regret eating here!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank GreenYogini
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Latchmont
1 review
“Amazing food and service, honoring local products”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

The restaurant was recommended by our hotel, amongst others but we didn't expect such am amazing place. The food was excellent, plates were presented very nicely. Meat was perfectly cooked. All products where local. Last but not least, service was excellent, full of attention., passion and smile.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank PATY_brussels
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Paris
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33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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“Wonderful restaurant to change from typical casados”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014

Found that restaurant by chance, looked at the menu and decided to try it. We arrived early so had all the attention of the waiter in a cosy and quiet place. We have even been allowed to smoke on the terrace while drinking our fresh cocktails (smoking is prohibited almost everywhere in Costa Rica). Food was tasty and very well presented. It is a little expensive compared to Sabor Tico in Santa Elena as well but it feels good after a day in a Parc sweating and eating bread and cheese !

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Luckycat_in_Paris
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Penobscot, Maine
1 review
“A lovely experience and ambiance”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014

We've been to Costa Rica on many occasions. However, we've never been to Monteverde. David Porras' concept is refreshing.

We had the Roasted Mango and Heart of Palm salads. They were delicious and fresh. For the main dish: Beefsteak Manchego and the Pork Ribs. The presentation and taste were excellent...and so "suave"! For dessert, David's "abuelita's" rice pudding.

All in all, this was a lovely experience, and we enjoyed the ambiance. I've read the reviews that expressed displeasure with the noise of the "dumb waiter"; however, I didn't bother us. Frankly, I thought it was kind of cool; but if it were really busy, then perhaps not.

Also, I believe, with time (they had only been open for 4 months) their wine list and wine by the glass selection will improve to include Italian selections.

In short--to David and staff--thank you. Good luck...we'll be back.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ken_the_Mainer
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