Barrio Escalante, between downtown San José and San Pedro, seems like a quiet residential neighborhood at first glance. Actually, this trendy area is replete with a wide variety of restaurants offering food from around the world. One of the advantages that Barrio Escalante has is that at almost any time of day you can find a dinning option. In all there are about 25 restaurants from which to choose.
One of the first restaurants you will encounter on neighborhood’s main drag or Calle 33, is Sofia Mediterráneo (Tel: 2224-5050) which features an ever-changing fusion of Turkish, European, Mediterranean, Asian and African dishes.
Olio (2281-0541) is about a block north of Sofía Mediterráneo and one of the best restaurants in this part of town and is hugely popular. It has a lively, fun atmosphere ambiance that leaves you with a feeling of being in Madrid. Their menu offers a huge selection of all your favorites: tasty tapas, salads, fresh fish, humus, soups, full entrees and much more. The service is high quality and the menu is very reasonably priced.
Manos en la masa (Tel: 8892-9587), which literally means your hands are in dough but figuratively means “to get caught red-handed,” is a bakery, café and restaurant that serves dishes for meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans.
Ravi Gastropub Tel: 2253-3771 has a warm, friendly ambience where you can dine with friends and family. This establishment features healthy vegetarian, vegan dishes and also includes pizza, a whole slew of entrées and salads .
Al Mercat Tel: 2221– 9145 offers traditional Costa Rican food with a modern touch.
Bon appétit or buen provecho as we say in Costa Rica.