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Isolina, San Jose, San Jose

Isolina

4.7
4.7
169 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Latin
Ubicado en San José, Costa Rica.
Isolina es gastronomía actual en un lugar con historia. Nuestro concepto gastronómico cocina de autor. Una fusión de sabores, con influencias de diferentes regiones gastronómicas, utilizando producto fresco local.


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Latin, Contemporary European, Mediterranean
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Wed 11:30 am–10:00 pm Thu 11:30 am–10:30 pm Fri 11:30 am–11:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    8301 2201
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Luciano Lofeudo
  • Private party facilities
    Podemos hacer eventos privados desde 10 hasta 60 personas. Con cierre parcial o total de las intalaciones para el día del evento.We can do private events from 10 to 60 people. With partial or total closure of the facilities for the day of the event
  • Private party contact
    fernando@isolinarestaurante.com: 8522 0893
  • Neighborhood
    San José
  • Cross street
    Av. 9, Calle 33. Frente a Fresh Market, Barrio Escalante. Costa Rica.
  • Parking details
    Hay parqueo sobre la calle frente al restaurante. Hay servicio de valet parking a 50 metros del restaurante (Av. 7 , calle 33).<br /><br />There is parking on the street in front of the restaurant. There is a valet parking service 50 meters south from the restaurant (Av. 7, calle 33).
  • Public transit
    Les pedimos puntualidad, manejamos un tiempo de tolerancia de 20 minutos con respecto a las reservas. En consecuencia podrían llamarnos / escribirnos por cualquier detalle respecto a la hora de llegada.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 169 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Costa Rica

    Best Service

  • Costa Rica

    Best Value

  • Costa Rica

    Innovative

  • Costa Rica

    Healthy

  • Costa Rica

    Neighborhood gem

  • Costa Rica

    Great for fine wines

  • San José

    Best Overall

  • San José

    Best Food

  • San José

    Best Service

  • San José

    Best Value

  • San José

    Innovative

  • San José

    Healthy

  • San José

    Neighborhood gem

  • San José

    Great for fine wines

  • San José

    Great for outdoor dining

  • San José

    Romantic

  • San José

    Lively

  • San José

    Most Booked

169 Reviews
  1. jodascr

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I'll be back. Good ambiente, great food and drink. Outstanding service. Everything was on point

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  2. PBFoodie

    Costa Rica

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place has it going on with their teamwork and powerful aim-to-please attitude. Their foods are delicious and available to a plant-based eater (like me) with enticing flavors and creative food synergy. Grab a little of the main food on your plate and mix it in with a little of the paste or the next veggie to create a party in your mouth. They also have good wine to boot. Have fun, if you don't understand the plate ask because they do and some bad reviews come from people not having the knowledge of their high-end gastronomy on a plate. Ask about the chocolate bars that are sure to surprise you, all made in Costa Rica.

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  3. PabloL

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gran lugar en Escalante, buena comida, buena locación, servicio impecable.

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  4. Henrik

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, drinks and service - can Only recommend

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  5. XavieraC

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Muy rica, lo mejor que comimos en San Jose. El ambiente súper bonito, la atención excelente. Una buena selección de vinos y la comida excelente, pedimos las ostras muy ricas y frescas; la polenta con pulpo buenísima y las costillas de cerdo con frambuesa exquisita. 100% recomendado

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  6. LAURENTT

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    El mejor lugar de San José para comer, en un ambiente acogedor

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Anchorage

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food at Isolina. The staff was very friendly and helpful guiding us through the menu.
    IsolinaResponded on January 13, 2024
    Thanks for your comments and your visit!

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  8. Titan

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fabulous food! Great service also. We had a selection of the small plates and they were all great
    IsolinaResponded on January 13, 2024
    Thanks for your comments and your visit! We are glad that the selection was to your liking.

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  9. AcadieFoodie

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was excellent. The wine selection also. The appetizers (pan con mantequilla and palmito relleno de su crema, cebolla y ajo tostada) were excellent. The meals (tagliatelle fruto de mar and the paleta de Cordero confitado) were good. The tarta de chocolate was good. The pear dessert was a bit disappointing. Still overall a good dining experience.

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  10. SuzanneK

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an amazing dinner at this lovely restaurant. We had a party of 8 and they were very accommodating. Highly recommend.
    IsolinaResponded on January 13, 2024
    Hi Suzanne, thanks for your comments. We are glad you all had a good experience here at Isolina. This is your home!

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  11. JeffreyR

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing menu and surprisingly filling tapas. Consistent quality each time we eat there.

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  12. bobboj

    Atlanta Metro

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They need better pictures for this old converted residence that is trendy and charming. Great food and very nice wine selections which they do a poor job of making that known. Highly recommended!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Costa Rica

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Hace mucho no iba. No es tan bueno como antes. El menú está muy limitado en variedad de carnes. Por ejemplo solo tienen un pollo (que es muslo) y un plato de pescado que no estaba tan bueno. Además no quisieron cambiarme la guarnición lo que me parece mal servicio.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    La comida increíble y el servicio siempre excelente :)

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service was top notch we had a great server. Unfortunately forgot his name. Would strongly recommend to plan a visit to this restaurant when you are in San Jose

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  16. RPAAMI

    Detroit

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good restaurant in a town that isn’t known for foodie cuisine. Unfortunately it is located in a somewhat sketchy neighborhood so just be careful around there. I wouldn’t wander around.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Isolina never disappoints. The food was amazing and the team is the best in San Jose.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely! Good food, nice staff. We had the plantains croquettes, catch of the day, and chocolate tart. All delicious!

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  19. PBFoodie

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is just the best quality restaurant on all levels in CR. It's quaint and cozy and delicious and super sweet service. Not easy to find in CR

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, cocktails, and service. I will definitely be back next time I am in San Jose.

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  21. FredericS

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good place with raffinate plates and excellent wines

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  22. PedroG

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excelente restaurante, comida exquisita y servicio de primer nivel. Definitivamente para repetir muchas veces

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  23. MarianaL

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super todo! me encanto. Como critica podria decirles que hay pocas opciones de comidas, probe la costilla de cerdo con salsa de fresa y estaba espectacular.

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  24. Marianna

    Costa Rica

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excelente el servicio, las recomendaciones del personal y los beneficios al pagar con tarjeta Mastercard Black. Volveré sin pensarlo.

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  25. MontserratS

    Raleigh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We did not stay. I specifically asked for a table in the terrace because I am not allowed to do indoor dining because of a health condition and they did not honor my request. They offered me a table inside and let people without reservations to sit outside. They finally gave me a table on a corner outside, but the table was dirty and the chairs were soaking wet.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely wonderful. Such an amazing meal. The staff was amazing as well.

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  27. AlonsoB

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service and attention to details, even from the owners

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  28. TheQCs

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was warm and friendly. I so appreciate it when staff make a point of engaging with us, even if it's brief. We enjoyed their food a great deal and even more so their creativity. The small plate stewed chicken with that amazing squash foam was a highlight. And our favorite overall was the pork ribs main. Who knew pork and raspberries could blend so perfectly like that! The other small plates were enjoyable and fun as well, but we were wowed by the two I just mentioned.

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  29. Alejandro

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    best restaurant ever! i love the service and the food is next level

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  30. Shiellm

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    AMAZING. best meal we had in costa rica. highly recommend

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  31. Moncho

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic!!. Cool and good food. Place is beautifull

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  32. Rudolf

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love the restaurant because the food is delicious, one of the best in San Jose for sure.

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  33. KarlaM

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Como feedback: El menú de niños parece un poco básico y aburrido en comparación a los platillos de adultos, realmente no tenía color ni vegetales ni nada llamativo para ellos. La limonada estaba sosa y parecía agua con limón. La entrada de maduro muy regular. La comida principal de los 4 adultos si estaba espectacular y nos brindó una excelente experiencia, al igual que los postres. El servicio muy top también.

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  34. Guti

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A pleasant surprise. If you are in the area and want to have a good cocktail with a great meal, this is the place for you. The menu has been curated to have an international approach of the Costa Rican cuisine.

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  35. WhitO

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was perfect for my birthday celebration, intimate and delicious food <3

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  36. FernandoM

    Mexico City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Recommended for sure - la pesca del dia was not great but everything else we tried was top-notch.

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  37. Maribarbo5

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lugar perfecto para ir a comer y pasar un día agradable.
    IsolinaResponded on July 15, 2023
    ¡Muchas gracias por tus comentarios, es un gusto para nosotros! Te esperamos nuevamente en Isolina.

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  38. mauzum

    Monterrey

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excelente atención de Carolina (creo que ese era su nombre), de ahí la comida fue excelente, muy buena calidad, el ambiente bastante bonito. Lo recomiendo!!
    IsolinaResponded on July 15, 2023
    ¡Gracias por tu visita Mau! En Isolina nos complace saber eso, por supuesto que le haremos llegar tu comentario a Carolina y a todo el equipo.

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  39. PaulinaC

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is excellent, they have a great mixology menu!
    IsolinaResponded on July 15, 2023
    Thank you for your comment Paulina and for coming to Isolina, we are glad to read that!

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  40. AlexS

    Costa Rica

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good and dishes were creative. The staff was friendly. Not such a great value.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Isolina is rated 4.7 stars by 169 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Google Map for Isolina

Calle 33, Número 751, Barrio Escalante, San Jose, San Jose 10101

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Av. 9, Calle 33. Frente a Fresh Market, Barrio Escalante. Costa Rica.
  • Neighborhood
    San José
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Wed 11:30 am–10:00 pm Thu 11:30 am–10:30 pm Fri 11:30 am–11:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Latin, Contemporary European, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Hay parqueo sobre la calle frente al restaurante. Hay servicio de valet parking a 50 metros del restaurante (Av. 7 , calle 33).<br /><br />There is parking on the street in front of the restaurant. There is a valet parking service 50 meters south from the restaurant (Av. 7, calle 33).
  • Public transit
    Les pedimos puntualidad, manejamos un tiempo de tolerancia de 20 minutos con respecto a las reservas. En consecuencia podrían llamarnos / escribirnos por cualquier detalle respecto a la hora de llegada.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Luciano Lofeudo
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    8301 2201
  • Private party facilities
    Podemos hacer eventos privados desde 10 hasta 60 personas. Con cierre parcial o total de las intalaciones para el día del evento.We can do private events from 10 to 60 people. With partial or total closure of the facilities for the day of the event
  • Private party contact
    fernando@isolinarestaurante.com: 8522 0893
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