We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.


Certificate of Excellence
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Calle 9, San Jose 00000, Costa Rica
+506 2221 1369
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

217 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 123: English reviews
The Woodlands, Texas
Level Contributor
7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Started off well, food was decent, service was good till about 9pm when possibly locals arrived. Had finished dinner and was planning on dessert and another drink and after catching my servers attention not once, twice, or even three times just went straight for the bill request so we could leave. Wouldn't have minded so much if she was crazy... More 

Thank Mark M
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great location right on the pedestrian street. We had great service. Enjoyed their rib meal which includes yucca and salad. They have great condiments on the table and we purchased a bottle of their chelles salsa. And it wasn't expensive.

Thank Marie S
Barcelona, Spain
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food is ok, not bad but also not super good. Just average. I ordered beef+fries and flan. The flan is a quite big piece, hard to finish by myself. The service is quite good though, different from some of the comments.

Thank hxy41
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
27 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a quick lunch of rice and chicken. It was tasty and served with salad and rice for a reasonable price. Interesting establishment as it is over 100 years old.

Thank gwoodsgang
Level Contributor
30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everywhere else we went to in Costa Rica, people were friendly and welcoming. Our waitress obviously had no interest in dealing with tourists. She didn't do much to hide her contempt and seemed to go out of her way to ignore us. I've never seen someone put so much effort into NOT doing their job well. After waiting for about... More 

Thank Kevin R
Victoria, Canada
Level Contributor
7 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I read great reviews from here so we gave it a try. I ordered eggs and tomato, with beans and rice...what I received looked and tasted like regurgitated eggs and tomato. My boyfriend got a sandwich and he had no complaints. Aside from the food, the service was very poor. There were multiple servers and all of them basically ignored... More 

Thank adriennecornell02
Level Contributor
17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This place has typical Costa Rica's dishes. Well located, nice service, good prices and they accept credit and debit cards. Nice place to taste local food and culture.

Thank flying_red_ant
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

Gallo pinto was delicious and overall service was awesome. I would return if I visit again. Pura vida.

Thank Moises S
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
125 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

This is a lovely, old, good local bar with character in the centre of San Jose. It is worth going there to have a drink and a small bite to eat to see a local bar.

Thank Taki P
Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
48 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

Was in this little restaurant twice, coming and going thru San Jose. Great place to have a Beer and see how the locals live. It appears to be family run and I believe it has been here for a Hundred years. Busy little place , food was very good. The locals were ordering a special plate, (meal of the day)... More 

Thank Redrock55

Travellers who viewed Chelles also viewed

San Jose, San Jose Metro
San Jose, San Jose Metro

Been to Chelles? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 10
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle 9, San Jose 00000, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of San Jose  >  San Jose Metro  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +506 2221 1369

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Chelles and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Chelles staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?