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Jalapenos Central

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Mts South of Post Office 50, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
+506 2430 4027
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun 11:30 - 20:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 21:00
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Tamarindo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

We visited Jalapenos Central this past weekend and had the best Tex Mex food we've experienced here in Costa Rica. Originally from Colorado we have missed Tex Mex but now we know where to go when we visit San Jose when we need a Tex Mex fix. I had the bosses special and definitely recommend it. Their guacamole is also... More 

Thank Kevin H
Portland, Oregon
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015

When I arrived in Costa Rica I was excited for their cuisine. I was a little disappointed with the food costa had to offer until I came to Jalapeño! My Boyfriend and I ate here everyday we were in Playa Negra. The breakfast burritos are the best I have ever had in my entire life. Tonight I am going to... More 

Thank Chelsie R
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015 via mobile

My daughter's been in Costa Rica six weeks. I've been here two weeks. During that time we've traveled throughout the country. Tonight we dined at Jalapeños I Central. I had the chicken chimichanga and a margarita. My daughter had the chicken enchiladas. We agreed that this was perhaps the best meal we've had in cCosta Rica

Thank Christ T
Sao Paulo, SP
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78 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2015

It was super quick service, the staff put up with my poor Spanish skills. Only downer was that a cockroach crawled past me as I ate, sitting in the corner nearest the door.

Thank Abbie C
Escazu, San Jose
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2015

Jalapenos Central is where I run to in Costa Rica to satisfy my Mexican food cravings as the food is SOOOOO TASTY & they've always accommodated me with a smile when I was wanting to deviate from what was on the menu! MY FAV: Their Cheese Enchilada & the Big Burrito (& believe it or not - they even have... More 

Thank SarongGoddess
Ann Arbor, MI
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149 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2015 via mobile

Despite dining here on a Monday evening, the restaurant was crowded. Wait staff was friendly (spoke both English and Spanish) and food was out quick. The papas were great. Wide selection on menu. Vegetable, chicken or beef options for food, although no seafood. Vegetable option was a bit unusual - onions, broccoli, cauliflower and green beans but tasted good. Not... More 

Thank lhaganmich
Portland, United States
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2015

I love this place. It is small, but the food is fast, priced well and doesn't disappoint. Great lunch spot while on the go. Owner is very friendly, speaking both English and Spanish very well. Huge collection of US license plates on the wall. I think he had all states.

Thank Shawn M
Alajuela, Costa Rica
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015 via mobile

Small place but accommodates 25-30 persons. The food is excellent. Very reasonable prices and is very well managed by the owner. Cool vibe with lots of tourists. It's not straight up Mexican food though, I'd say it's a very good tex-mex restaurant.

Thank negrini420
Swampscott, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2015

Great host! Great food! Great prices! We shared a combo plate - tons of food wonderfully seasoned. Our waiter was fabulous and the owner actually came outside to thank us for coming!

Thank ellen932
San Jose, Costa Rica
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2015

This is definitely the best Mexican food that I ever had in my life. My husband had the Beff enchilada and I had chimichanga, both very delicious. The margaritas were out of this world and to finish I had key lime pie and my hubby had pecan pie...excelent. The service is super very nice and so is Norman the owner.... More 

Thank laperla004

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 2 - USD 9
Mexican, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?