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Restaurante Kalu

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Calle 31 Ave 5, Barrio Escalante | 50 Mts Al Este Del Parque de Francia, San Jose 10110, Costa Rica
+506 2253 8426
12:00 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 09:00 - 16:00
Mon 12:00 - 16:00
Tue - Fri 12:00 - 22:00
Sat 09:00 - 22:00
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love Kalu for brunch and their desserts. Recently I've had to send back my plates, but usually the food is quite good. It is a bit pricey for what it is. Service is absolutely terrible, on a Sunday evening the waitress actually kicked us out by saying "It is time for you to go back home"

Thank amandaquiros36
Houston, Texas
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59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Taken to the restaurant by a local business colleague, enjoyed a lovely early dinner in their beautiful garden. Loved how the mid-century home has been restored into this quaint restaurant/boutique/gourmet coffee shop. I shared a ceviche appetizer and a salmon dish and both were delicious but pretty pricey (for similar items in the US). However, I also understand that in... More 

1 Thank Maria G
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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67 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The place is nice and trendy. The service was exceptional ! The food was soso. Sent back our dishes twice, ended up asking for something else. Hamburger large but not too tasty.... fish tacos greasy.... Pricy... expected better food....

Thank AmandaV45
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I visited this restaurant and were impressed with the quality of the food ,the excellent service and the freshness of the ingredients! Variety of dishes is outstanding. We will gladly come back and highly recommend it!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
San Jose, Costa Rica
Level Contributor
11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Starting with about the only positive, the garden area is really pretty. What a lovely setting for such a lousy meal. I have wanted to go here for months and my partner and I finally did; sadly, it was very disappointing. We ordered sangria which was thick and a very strange color, probably from the thick juices it is made... More 

Thank ilovelanguage
Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez, Guatemala
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79 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

I ordered the mint special beverage and the four-cheese quiche that came with a salad. Everything was fresh and delicious.

1 Thank Judith G
Nosara, Costa Rica
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

The restaurant itself is beautiful, has a nice terrace, garden, private area. Nice mid century modern house. With food matters I was expecting more.. Really nice presentation but I ask for a turkey panini and it taste plain, my friends ask for the veggie panini and it was the same, nothing to remember. OH! I liked the french fries. I... More 

Thank pauzb
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40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Located in barrio escalante at the east side of San Jose, this botique restaurant has all the charm that will melt your heart in one bite. The menu has been thoughtfully designed and created by the chef, making each dish full of stunning flavors and high quality food that will leave you craving for more. Every detail has been well... More 

Thank Roger R
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121 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

This little restaurant that is part of a social experiment to marry local food and art for the empowerment of underprivileged communities. The food is fresh and creative. For example, I had the best salad I have ever eaten and one of the ingredients was Cape Gooseberries....in Costa Rica! The soup was phenomenal, the salad divine and the entree savory.... More 

1 Thank IrvineHarley
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27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

I love Kalu! The experience is always great and delish! I am an ongoing customer and constantly go there with friends, meetings, and others! I particularly enjoy their breakfasts and deserts. Besides they have some of the best coffee in San Jose.

2 Thank Ana M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 20 - USD 25
Cafe, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 16:00
12:00 - 16:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle 31 Ave 5, Barrio Escalante | 50 Mts Al Este Del Parque de Francia, San Jose 10110, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of San Jose  >  San Jose Metro  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +506 2253 8426

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