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Silvestre, San José, San José, San José

Silvestre

4.7
4.7
523 Reviews
$30 and under
Latin American
Located in one of San José´s finest old neighborhoods, inside a
house with a 1930’s façade, history becomes the story and XXI century
culinary techniques collide with the origins of Costa Rican cuisine.
3 ambiances filled with art, great food and good music.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 6:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    2221 2465

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Santiago Fernández Benedetto

What 523 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Costa Rica

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  • Costa Rica

    Fit for Foodies

  • Costa Rica

    Notable Wine List

  • Costa Rica

    Romantic

  • Costa Rica

    Special Occasion

  • Costa Rica

    Most Booked

  • San José

    Best Overall

  • San José

    Best Food

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    Best Service

  • San José

    Best Ambiance

  • San José

    Best Value

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  1. S

    Sandi

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! The food was exceptional and the service and knowledge of the staff was impressive. Beautiful setting would highly recommend.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the secret menu and I swear it was the best meal I’ve ever had in my life. So interesting and so delicious.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An amazing restaurant offering Costa Rican cuisine with a creative presentation. I ordered the tasting menu (8 courses) with wine pairing… the food, wine selection and service absolutely spectacular! I definitely recommend Silvestre for anyone on a foodie adventure in San José, CR.
  4. EE

    ErickE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Diferente, buena calidad de la comida, interesante y muy buena la experiencia del menú de degustación sin embargo lo considero costoso.
  5. J

    Julian

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    SIMPLY AWESOME!! Everything about the experience was great, hands down the best restaurant in Costa Rica.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Monterrey

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excelente el menú del chef exquisito, fue una maravillosa experiencia
  7. AB

    ArturoB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Original, Autoctono y Sabroso! !! !
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Un lugar acogedor con comida de autor muy original y sabrosa. Tuvimos problema con una entrada muy picante y otra salada. Se les olvidó ponernos el pan. Un poco lento pero bien amigable servicio
  9. AP

    AlmudenaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantástico . Un sitio para repetir. Un almuerzo maravilloso
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Costa Rica

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    The food all tasted the same, the menu has very little options, all of the menu is practically the same. Presentation and execution of dishes was well below par with other same level restaurantes in the city. The wine list it’s absolutely disappointing with little options that go according the menu, the staff had no idea what was going on in the dining room and the service was even worst than the food. Definitely wasn’t gonna try the 8 course menu that the staff was keen on pushing to us. Disappointing, 5 years after my first visit, the experience it hasn’t improved one bit…definitely not fine dining
  11. CM

    CharlieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicioso. Beautifully tied to stories of the country and its history. It is not just great food but an EXPERIENCE. FELICIDADES al chef!
  12. NB

    NathanB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Is a place that I can highly recommend to any body that wants a amazing culinary experience, amazing food, amazing place, super special for activities like aniversary
  13. LL

    LeonoradeLemos

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Siempre excelente, cada vez que puedo voy. Los almuerzos son buenísimos!
  14. CR

    jboscobCR

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    El nuevo menú de degustación está mejor que nunca y el servicio y simpatía de Paloma la salonera es parte de una gran experiencia
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    El servicio del lugar fue muy bueno, en lo
  16. j

    jeggs

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unbelievably amazing. Easily one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Great service; Beautiful space. Just book it!
  17. EC

    ECHVZ

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Toque moderno a platos ticos. Muy sabrosos, un oasis en la capital.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    An amazing tasting experience. New flavors exploding in your mouth. Ingredients coming from local markets and entrepreneurs. I also liked the explanation and history around each plate.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fuimos al restaurante pero por llegar a la hora del cierre de la tarde no se podía hacer el menú degustación, pero la mesera nos ofreció platillos extraordinarios de la región y con un sazón maravilloso.
  20. DP

    DawnP

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    This is a lovely old restaurant where the staff are attentive without being over bearing. The lamb was cooked to perfection.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Costa Rica

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Todo estuvo excelente, una velada acorde para la ocasión que celebramos 30 años de casados Dos comentarios que se indicaron el momento y fueron bien recibidos. Estuvieron relacionados con uno de los platos y el vino (maridaje del Chef) del menu de degustación; otro punto a favor fue que en ningún momento hubo excusas sino aceptación del comentario tomándolo para mejorar y esmerándose para brindar un excelente servicio. Definitivamente volveremos por una nueva experiencia!
  22. AS

    AlejandroS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Todo super bien, desde el trato hasta el cambio de preparación en platillos para ajustarlos a la dieta personal. Sólo dos puntos particulares: - El uso de chocolate blanco en los postres los desluce montones, ya que no aporta textura/sabor realmente agradables. Fuera de eso, excelentes. - En la reservación me consultaron si se celebraba alguna ocasión especial, (un cumpleaños de hecho) pero no usaron el dato para nada, ni cuando llamé a hacer algún par de consultas. Para qué necesitaban el dato entonces? La cena fue increíble, pero no hubo ningún detalle distinto referente a la ocasión, cosa que si sucedió en la mesa de la par. Necesitaba ser más específico? De ahí en fuera, una experiencia buenísima.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful food and excellent service.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Nice place, server asked for any dietary restrictions and the proceeds to ignore those for the rest of the night (tasting menu) food was ok.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a wonderful meal and experience. My wife and I enjoyed the 8 course meal with the standard wine pairing and it was incredible. Highly recommend visiting !
  26. JR

    JenniferR

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An amazing experience. My waitress was amazing! The restaurant accommodated me. I wanted to try the food pairing with wine and I only eat seafood and chicken.
  27. NH

    NishaHB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly reccomend! Especially at the end of your trip dinner because the menu and ambience incorporates so much of the Costa Rican heritage. The chef even came by to deliver the deserts and chat about his inspiration for the menu! A real gem of the city!
  28. T

    sherriTaekwondo

    New York Area

    93 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I wasn’t going to indulge in the 8 course dining menu, but I’m so glad I did. This was a lovely meal full of interesting flavors and wonderful Costa Rican history as told by my server, Palmiina. The restaurant was very accommodating to my pescatarian diet and shrimp allergy. The basic wine pairing added to the meal was very good with perfect pairings. I especially enjoyed the sea bass with the Tempranillo. Delicious. It was a slow pace so plan accordingly (3.5 hours). It was a very enjoyable experience and an outstanding value for a wine pairing dinner. Thank you, Restaurant Silvestre, for a great evening!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and amazing food experience
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Buena experiencia pero no extraordinaria
  31. MC

    MikeC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Felicidades al chef por el menú de degustación "Nosotros". Una combinación exquisita de sabores costarricenses con técnicas culinarias de alto nivel. La caldosa estuvo fenomenal. Servicio impecable, excelente explicación de cada uno de los tiempos.
  32. P

    Pahoran

    Savannah

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible tasting menu with an amazing story for every dish. The Chef's choice wine pairing is great and worth the upgrade. I'll definitely be back when we're in town.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food and superb service
  34. CB

    ChefBoy

    Tallahassee

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The ambiance was good, there was a great room that apparently is only for large groups which is where I would have preferred. The good was very good, service was good. The location is on the fringe of the city center, it was within walking distance for me, about 10 minutes, and although I did walk there, it was early, about 5:30pm or so, but I did not feel safe walking back and the restaurant confirmed that I should get a cab, which was fine, it was $8.
  35. M

    alMar

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A true gem of a dining experience in Costa Rica. Nothing else like it exists in the country. Wonderful to see Costa Rican cuisine celebrated at this level.
  36. MC

    MariaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was beyond amazing. It never disappoints the food in there.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I took the tasting menu with wine flight, but wine and food was not co-ordinated. Otherwise very good
  38. AV

    AlejandraV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Todo delicioso y una muy fina atención. Además, el factor sorpresa de la presentación de los platillos fue lo que me tenía muy contenta de ir a visitar de nuevo el restaurante.
  39. ME

    MaxE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellence. Simple and brilliant excellence. We all had the tasting menu with the classic pairing option. All 8 courses were creative and superb, the pairings were perfectly chosen. Service was attentive and helpful at all times. The only observation is that the music in our dining room was a bit loud. Otherwise, an unforgettable experience.
  40. GS

    GabyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service!! the menu is the best. We recommend the restaurant

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily

FAQs

Silvestre is rated 4.7 stars by 523 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 9 times today
Google Map for Silvestre

Calle 3A - Ave. 11 - 955, Downtown, San José, San José, San José 10101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Calle 3A - Ave. 11

  • Neighborhood

    San José

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 6:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Santiago Fernández Benedetto

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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