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Restaurante Chiwake

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Este 100 Norte Banco Nacional la Tropicana 50 | Alajuela Centro, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
+506 4702 9618
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived earlier today and wanted to try somewhere reasonably close to our hotel & this place did not disappoint. We are a bit jet lagged so had an early light dinner of cerviches which were all fantastic. We also tried the Pisco Sour which again was delicious. We also enjoyed watching the world go by on this busy corner.... More 

Thank MeTimeBristol
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place has a good ambiance in addition to its fine food. The service was excellent and the staff spoke fine English. You won't go wrong if you eat here.

Thank Joe B
Dominical, Costa Rica
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

Had lunch at Chiwake because I was looking for some Peruvian ceviche. Many tantalizing choices of ceviche but the waiter recommended a traditional "mixto." It had corvina, pulpo, camarones, and calamare in a very flavorful lime based salsa. Excellent. The regular size was big with sides of corn and sauteed carrots. Rounded it out with an order of papas fritas,... More 

Thank HurricaneBob2015
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

I must start saying I spent a lot of time visiting almost 45 restaurants in 45 days, and no one like this. The food is amazing, tasty, good quality and affordable, ohhhh and the good collection of wines!!! OH YES!!!

Thank Layla M
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Always a favourite of ours. Very welcoming, English spoken a little The menu is plentiful and varied. The ceviche is particularity good here. Prices are very reasonable. Looks a bit basic from outside but don't let that put you off.

Thank Antman1961
Key West, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Great little place just outside San Jose. We wanted to stay close to Juan Santamaria airport and Chiwake was a quick 20 min walk away. Very friendly staff was willing to help us with our Spanish and asked if we could help him with his English which made for many enjoyable conversations. The food was great. Not overly pricy and... More 

Thank EmEdHa
Milan, Italy
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

Restaurant located in Alajuela very convenient for the airport (we went there before our departure). The service is great and the quality of food is ok. We had a chiwake steak (good but for me the sauce was too much) and some roasted chicken. Prices are aligned with the quality of the food! Suggested

Thank Lorenzo B
Alajuela, Costa Rica
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

It is by far one of the best Peruvian places I have eaten at... The chupe is just AWESOME!!! And it is not as expensive as other places... I have gone back over and over... 100% recommended

Thank María José M
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

Restaurant was nice with patio seats but the food was not good. I'm a fan for Peruvian food but this place was did not please my taste buds. Everything was so salty. And the seafood dishes were over cooked making it very chewy. My daughter almost choked on squid! I definitely will not go back.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Chiwake, Gerente at Restaurante Chiwake, responded to this review

Dear customer. We apologized if food was not at your expected level. We work hard to offer to our clients an enjoyable meal. We kindly invite you to come back and let us offer the great food that our customers recognized in our food. Feel free to contact me directly at : gerencia@chiwakecr.com More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

I do not consider this a cheap place but the food is well worth the price. I had the ceviche chiwake and I will probably have it again! Highly recommended for those who like ceviche and/or seafood. They have other options but cannot speak for them. The only way they could improve would be to serve some chips with the... More 

Thank elgibran

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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
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 20
Peruvian, Latin, Seafood, South American, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Este 100 Norte Banco Nacional la Tropicana 50 | Alajuela Centro, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Alajuela
  • Phone Number: +506 4702 9618
The best Peruvian cousin

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?