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Pizza John's Jardin Escondido

500 Meters East of Arenal Vista Lodge | Bario El Fosforo, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 20213, Costa Rica
+506 8801 0967
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  • Excellent82%
  • Very good12%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
500 Meters East of Arenal Vista Lodge | Bario El Fosforo, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 20213, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Like the title states, this pizza is absolutely amazing! Some of the best pizza I've ever had, with homegrown ingredients and made from scratch. So so good. Perfect for a pick me up after a long day of hiking. The owner John is very friendly...More

Thank Stephanie S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a wonderful piece of home in the middle of the Costa Rican rain forest. The picture I've posted is the view from our table. The pizza is brick oven and toppings are almost anything you could want! I got basil, black olives and...More

Thank Dippy J
Reviewed 23 April 2017

We stayed about 100 yards from Pizza John's and went there twice in the 3 days we stayed. The Pizza was excellent and the service was great. The best part our stay in the area was the ice cream. Absolutely the best I have ever...More

Thank razza121
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

If you have been around Costa Rica long enough you know there's pizza places everywhere. A few are good, most are average. Pizza John's lives up to its reviews. Good service, everyone was friendly and the pizza was excellent. We grabbed 2 to go for...More

Thank FlipFlopsandCoconuts
Reviewed 12 April 2017

After a long morning and pushing our lunch time hour, we decided to check out El Castillo. With two teens in tow, we settled on Pizza John's. When we pulled up we weren't sure if it was open but before we could drive away, Juan...More

Thank Baffo1
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

We stayed at Majestic Lodge and had read reviews of this place which was very close by. Simple place with surprisingly good pizza. Ended up eating here 2x for dinner and went back one more time with kids just for their homemade ice cream. Get...More

Thank jack032265
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

This place is off the beaten path. Don't miss it! This was one of our favorite stops in CR. Juan was an excellent host. He shared lots of great facts about the local wildlife we were seeing (the upstairs patio is great for bird watching)....More

Thank Elona H
Reviewed 7 April 2017

The pizza is made fresh for each customer. The calzone is mouth watering. The home made ice cream is made with real cream and fresh fruit. We enjoyed dining a la fresco and chatting with our friendly waiter. Highly recommended. Worth the drive from the...More

Thank Georgina H
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

This is the BEST pizza. Friendly peeps (Tell Juan hey from Aaron with the goatee!). And a great way to get to know the area. Loved it and will return.

Thank Aaron H
Reviewed 4 April 2017

Pizzas were well made and ingredients were top notch. We enjoyed talking to the owners and even tried some of their raw dough. Ice cream was some of the best we ever had. If you get the chance, it is on the road from Arenal...More

1  Thank Sam H
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Any gluten free Pizza options?
1 April 2017|
Response from GringoMichael | Property representative |
yes we do. Any pizza with corn meal crust.!!
Any gluten free Pizza options?
1 April 2017|
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Response from MikeInWeHo | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so but not sure.
Jackie S
How far is this restaurant from Arenal Volcano Inn?
2 February 2017|
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Response from Kl-brise | Reviewed this property |
Welly welly, Where is that Inn than? The restaurant is closer to El Castillo about 15min on road from La Fortuna plus another 25/30min up the dirt track. Meaning dumpy washed out 4x4 track. The beginning is ok until the... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 2 - USD 18
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Cash Only, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 500 Meters East of Arenal Vista Lodge | Bario El Fosforo, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 20213, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Arenal Volcano National Park  >  El Castillo
  • Phone Number: +506 8801 0967
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Lonely Planet's Top choice-featuring thin crust Italian style handmade pizza, and tropical ice cream. Family Friendly-Open air, casual dining Come for lunch, stay for dinner. Open everyday 12PM to 8PM