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Jalapenos Central

Jose Maria Alfaro | 50 mts Sur South del Correo Post Office, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
+506 2430 4027
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“chimichanga” (36 reviews)
“tortilla soup” (13 reviews)
“pecan pie” (6 reviews)
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Mexican, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Jose Maria Alfaro | 50 mts Sur South del Correo Post Office, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

Authentic Mexican food prepared with a Tico influence. Fish tacos were great and the appetizers were flavorful albeit with more modest portions than California places. Their salsa from Panamanian chiles matched habanero salsa in intensity. Friendly place that doesn't take reservations but with advanced warning...More

Thank Jeffrey B
Reviewed 6 April 2016 via mobile

Try the 1/2 kilo burrito! Enough for two. You'll enjoy it. Parking is difficult but worth it. Thanks, Norman & Semper Fi!

Thank Rotorhead100
Reviewed 3 April 2016

We just happen to be staying a block up the street from Jalapenos and saw the vegan restaurant and Jalapenos were both highly rated (4.6 and 4.9) and very close. We LOVE Mexican food and Tex-Mex will do nicely, but usually Costa Rican Mexican food...More

Thank Len B
Reviewed 31 March 2016 via mobile

But not much. Ordered a chili con carne, and it tasted very good, except I think the chili was forgotten. But good rice, excellent guacamole and lots of pico de Gallo made up for it. They had though, a tiny bowl of chili one could...More

Thank Leandra T
Reviewed 30 March 2016 via mobile

We checked into our hostel and needed a meal for our 9 and 12 year old daughters. Jalapeños Central was within walking distance from our hostel and came highly recommended. We were not disappointed. The staff was friendly and welcoming and the food was WONDERFUL!...More

Thank coleymadsen
Reviewed 24 March 2016

Boy did we like this restaurant. Went there 2 nights. Norman the owner greets everyone. Excellent locals food. The first night I asked Norman to bring out is best entres and did he ever. The next night 3 couples went with us and had a...More

Thank David L
Reviewed 21 March 2016

In early February, we stayed in Alajuela for 3 nights. We heard about Jalapenos from the hotel manager and decided to give it a try. We ended up eating there all three nights as we were tired of the 'Tipico' meals and Jalapenos was every...More

Thank Stagen
Reviewed 19 March 2016

The food at Jalapeno Central is great. Big portions with a lot of flavour served by a friendly and attentive staff. We went here because of its ratings on Tripadvisor and we were not dissapointed. We came back already the next day. The quesadillas, enchilada,...More

Thank KlaraJZ
Reviewed 17 March 2016

We went there because the reviews were great... well... i guess people don't know what they are talking about! my wife ate what was unarguably the worst hamburger ever... how they even dare to call it hamburger! it was thin like paper...toilet paper. and my...More

1  Thank Shablul
Norman f, Owner at Jalapenos Central, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2016

Hello Shablul, I am almost glad that we couldn't please you in any way, and were able to fall in the standard of MOST of your reviews. You have been to many countries, and visited many restaurants most of which got your terrible review. You're...More

Reviewed 11 March 2016

By far the best Mexican food in Costa Rica. This place is phenomenal. Their spicy home made sauce goes perfect with everything. I have been to Costa Rica twice and stopped on my way out both times. The owner is super friendly and as a...More

Thank Zaptor10
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3 January 2017|
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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, Drinks
Restaurant features
Television, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Jose Maria Alfaro | 50 mts Sur South del Correo Post Office, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Alajuela
  • Phone Number: +506 2430 4027
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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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