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Jalapenos Central

) #2 of 171 Restaurants in Alajuela $$ - $$$ Mexican, , Latin
Mts South of Post Office 50, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
+506 2430 4027
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“chimichanga” (35 reviews)
“tortilla soup” (12 reviews)
“pecan pie” (6 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Mts South of Post Office 50, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
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11 - 20 of 507 reviews

Reviewed 8 June 2017

I very much enjoyed the chicken enchilada I ordered. The portions were just right and the entire meal was delicious. The staff was especially personable. I will eat here again!

Thank callarse2017
Reviewed 8 June 2017

If I could i would have given 3 and a half stars. For what it is it is ok, fun atmosphere, friendly people. The food was ok, margaritas were the best I had in Costa Rica. What I did not like is, starting to bring...More

Thank travelPixie100
Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

Honestly, I wish I could give this experience a 0/5 rating. That being impossible I'll have to give the one star for the friendly service then. I had the Carnitas tacos which were relatively expensive considering the other items in the menu. First of all,...More

1  Thank Mikko T
Norman f, Owner at Jalapenos Central, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2017

Hello Mikko It is never easy responding to a review such as yours. I like to normally begin by truly apologizing for having been the cause of your uncomfortable experience at my place. Your review although amazingly well written and well crafted, has been the...More

Reviewed 27 May 2017

We had dinner here with 3 friends. The food was good, I had a burritos. The portion was very generous as well and the service efficient and nice. Only the price is a bit expensive in my opinion as the burrito cost about 4000 Colones

Thank Damien D
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

We had lunch here on our last afternoon in Costa Rica and it certainly did not disappoint- on the contrary the food exceeded expectations. The tortilla soup was excellent as were the fried plantains. Then we had the chimichanga and fkautas, both of which were...More

Thank StDiane
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Great food and value! Our go to restaurant in down town Alajuela. Very good sized portions for lunch and dinner. The owner, Norman takes great pride in his food and customer's experience. Perhaps the best mexican I've had in CR. Be sure and check out...More

Thank GotoDengo
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Ate two dinners here over a three night stay in Alajuela. All were outstanding: fish tacos of mahi mani / dolphin / dorado; a cheese enchilada - light but filling with delicious side; outstanding patacones with spicy sauce on side. Coconut flan was great! Very...More

Thank Palmisto
Reviewed 21 May 2017

We come to Alajuela every year for mission work and ALWAYS eat at Jalapenos. Last year we ate there 3 out of the 5 days! Their food is always good, especially the tortilla soup and tacos. The owner goes out of his way to make...More

Thank CostaRicaMissions
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

What an interesting place this is! It's adorned with all sorts of interesting mementos. Having grown up in Texas, I can say there menu is truly Tex Mex and as that food goes, it's pretty authentic and tastes good!

Thank RinTulsa
Reviewed 20 May 2017

On the right hand side of street leading up from behind Cathedral about 2 blocks up.Small cosy place, nicely decorated in a colourful Mexican style.Food was freshly cooked and reasonably priced.

Thank andrew w
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Response from Blossom S | Reviewed this property |
I would definitely call first and not go during peak dining hours!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 2 - USD 9
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mts South of Post Office 50, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Alajuela
  • Phone Number: +506 2430 4027
Open 7 days a week. Mon- sat 11:30-9:00 pm Sun 11:30-8:00 pm Accept credit cards except American express
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