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Silvestre, San José, San José, San José

Silvestre

4.5
4.5
733 Reviews
$30 and under
Latin American
Silvestre is a fine dining restaurant located in the heart of San José, Costa Rica. Chef Santiago Fernández offers a well-thought-out, curated small seasonal menu that brings you the freshest locally sourced ingredients. Silvestre is a worthy stop, as part of your exploration of the city, also perfect for a romantic dinner or to celebrate a special occasion. We also offer an impressive conceptual menú degustación about the Costa Rican soul, its flavors and everything in between.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Latin American, Farm-to-table, Contemporary Latin
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Sat 6:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Phone number
    2221 2465
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Santiago Fernández Benedetto

What 733 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Costa Rica

    Innovative

  • Costa Rica

    Great for fine wines

  • Costa Rica

    Romantic

  • Costa Rica

    Good for special occasions

  • Costa Rica

    Most Booked

  • San José

    Best Service

  • San José

    Best Ambiance

  • 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

    Good for special occasions

  • San José

    Most Booked

733 Reviews
  1. felbad

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, nice atmosphere and the best was the food and the drinks. Was a unique experience

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  2. MVH04

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Hubo una mesera la cual fue un poco condescendiente y con poco tacto, se le notaba un humor extraño el cual hacía notar solamente con nosotros, con el resto de comensales era una persona distinta, fuera de esto, el resto del personal estuvo increíble, la comida es algo fuera de lo normal, excelente ambiente y administración.

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  3. AlexanderA

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Estoy muy contento & agradecido con todo el staff y con los chefs, la comida estuvo excelente & nos aseguraron una velada cómoda e inolvidable, muchas gracias!

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  4. EstebanG

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sorprendente como siempre! Perfecto para celebrar el amor.

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  5. ChavarriaL

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excelente como siempre, excelente servicio, comida deliciosa!!

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  6. Alba

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The place is amazing. The restaurant is an old antique house that is well decorated. Food was delicious, I was very impressed.

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  7. JulianaV

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place!!! The attention was incredible, the attitude of their staff and overall a beautiful energy. Food was mind blowing !! Thank youuu

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  8. SantanaB

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Strongly recommend visiting this restaurant! The staff were friendly and accommodating (we arrived slightly late due to traffic), the food was exceptional and unique, and the location itself is a gorgeous, historic building.

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  9. LisE

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I went with the blind 7 course tasting. What a performance from the engaging storytelling of the theme/inspiration to the detailed and whimsical plating choices. The wait staff was well orchestrated, timely, and attentive throughout the whole of the meal. Portion sizes were well thought of but it does add up after 7 courses. I did the non alcoholic pairing as I didn’t feel like drinking this night but I actually quite enjoyed the various mocktails showing creativity and freshness and alignment to the course’s theme from the staff; not sure the wine would have given that added layer of detail. Food quality was top tier and a beautiful display of ingenuity of simplistic ingredients and even decadent ones. Reminded me of my dining experience at the French Laundry. Value is personal but I couldn’t get a meal that exquisite for that price in the U.S. kudos to the wait staff that also provided the same level of engagement in bilingual fluency. Stellar job and look forward to getting back on another trip.

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  10. JuanV

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A order sirloin Steak and it was with membranes therefore it was really though to chew it Additionally the portion of food is really small.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    "Taste of Memories" tasting experience was impeccable! I've never had such a great dining experience. A bit expensive for San Jose but we'll worth it.

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  12. Betty

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I was quite disappointed by the food in the tasting menu. it did not live up to past experiences. In future i will only order from the menu.

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  13. Rita

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dining with memories! Very creative tasting menu, the photos add a special touch!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A lovely experience all ‘round. Beautifully presented menu of delicious locally sourced and interesting dishes in an historic setting. The staff were gracious and extremely accommodating while being comfortable casual. 100% Pura vida. Open Table booking was seamless.

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  15. KevinC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unique dining experience. Great service. An easy walk from our hotel.

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  16. MarcN

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Service very good, but a bit too fast. We had nearly no time between different courses.

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  17. AJSc

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tasting menu was a unique experience. Loved how they tied it to a story. The food was tasty and true to Costa Rican culture. There were many hits on the menu a couple of misses like the wine pairing I don’t think fit great with the menu. Service was excellent on a Michelin star level . The tasting menu started off on that level but didn’t hit all the notes at the end. Over all was a very satisfying dinner service.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was fantastic, the interior decor was beautiful, the ambiance was romantic. Unfortunately it was just so hot we were both sweating. The restaurant doesn’t seem to have air conditioning and just kept a window open. The food was either very good or delicious. The brioche char siu was spectacular, the sweet potato salad was nothing special, and the palm cake was innovative and unique. The cocktails are the best cocktails we’ve had so far in 2024. Sadly the signature chocolate orb dessert was a bit disappointment: way too sweet and way too hard outer shell. We will be coming back 4 days later to try the tasting menu.

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  19. LucianoR

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Il prezzo presuppone una ottima qualità attesa al 100% mentre due pietanze non sono piaciute, il paté è risultato dolce e la polpetta dura e asciutta. Il costo della scelta dei vini dello chef è sproporzionato in quanto costa quasi come il menù. Ottima la storia che accompagna i piatti.

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  20. Ricardo

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Installed in an old house, nicely decorated. Food was excellent with a divine robalo. Friendly and professional service. Hard to be beaten anywhere around.

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  21. MelaniaF

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is innovative, delicious and portions are well balanced. We felt welcome, comfortable and relaxed in a beautiful environment with uplifting latin music in the background. Our hostess also made the experience easier and enjoyable; she has a demeanor that makes you fell home while being delicate. Just one suggestion. We thought the desserts were mostly rich and delicious, but the breading of the tres leches frito was too sweet and cinammon overpowered the creamy flavors. Overall, from the service to the food, everything was immaculate. More than having dinner, it was an experience. We want to go back soon.

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  22. GabrielC

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant was made to enjoy the Costarcian gastronomy with an incredible way of mixing flavors. Highly recommended.

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  23. YendryF

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    El restaurante Silvestre, un lugar único en gastronomía y ambientes, quedamos enamorados de su atención y menú. Los invito a vivir esta experiencia y no esperar a que se los cuenten.

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  24. SalomonF

    Vancouver

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent place to discover new tastes Go be surprised

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Just a fantastic place to eat in San Jose! Strongly recommend the pork brioche and lamb loin!

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  26. CherylW

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing and the service was incredible. We loved it!!

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  27. brianr

    Greater Boston

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The Food was great. the waiter was so so at best. I will go back and try again because the food was so good .

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  28. DylanG

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was good, not outstanding… the meal with the meats #6 I believe, was not good at all. So price doesn’t feels justified… Even tho since it was a nice place with a new concept for us we enjoyed the night.

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  29. VictorC

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Decent food but could have more taste. Fun play with expectations, definitely keep doing that. Server was great but clearly under a bit of stress / under-staffed as other tables were taking time. Overall grade 3/5 reflects high expectations not completely fulfilled and high price point.

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  30. AndresH

    Berlin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Any Costa Rican that leaves abroad will find themselves on memory lane!

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  31. RolandoM

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Todo estaba bien pero mejorable, especialmente considerando los altos precios que tienen. El ambiente y los postre sí me parecieron sobresalientes

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pedimos el menú de degustación y la comida estuvo espectacular. Todos los sabores combinan entre si sin competir con los demás platos. El maridaje 10/10. Agradezco sobremanera las consideraciones en los platos y el maridaje con mi embarazo. El servicio increíble también, sin duda volveremos pronto.

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  33. MarcelaV

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dinning experience. We had an amazing time enjoying chef Santi complete menu.

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  34. biibs

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent experience of a gourmet style Costa Rican cuisine. Our waiter Javier was really nice and explained and answered all of our questions. I will definitely return and recommend it.

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  35. FlorenceG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It has been a unique experience, sharing the chef’s inspiration to be so creative around food. It is almost a show, very poetic and very educative to see food from a different aspect, making your sens very alert ! Great and unforgettable moment.

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  36. JenniferG

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow, what an amazing experience! We are from the USA and took our Costa Rican hosts here as a thank you. We did the chef’s tasting menu which was themed around Costa Rican culture- food and family members. We all thoroughly enjoyed the stories, food, creativity and attention to detail.

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  37. TimothyB

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    I think the biggest issue is we had high hopes going in to this restaurant. After a few servers at others restaurants said it was not that great and overrated we had concerns but wanted to see for ourselves. They were correct. Honestly, the food just didn’t taste good. Ambiance was great, service was good and professional but missed a warm and welcoming feel. It was like they were trying to be so serious just because the food is considered “high end.” That typically just leaves an overall cold feeling which the rooms and seating does not convey. We ordered 4 dishes and weren’t happy with any. I’m not trying to bash this place and/or be petty but, we just didn’t enjoy it. We’ve done tastings and higher end restaurants in Copenhagen, Mexico City, NYC, Chicago, and LA so not new to the elevated experience. This one just fell short on the most important factor, in our opinion, the food.

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  38. Cliff

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Our meal was a great use of Costa Rican ingredients to create stylish dishes with memorable flavors. We came to Costa Rica to try Costa Rican food (not the same French, Italian, Japanese, or American you can get anywhere), and we chose Silvestre for Santiago Férnandez Benedetto’s mission to use this amazing country’s ingredients. A great choice! As luck had it, we dined here on New Year’s Eve (propitious for a restaurant named Silvestre) and had their special menu. The amuse bouche and first two courses were immaculate, rich with multiple flavors and nicely filling for their smaller sizes. They made especially creative use of tamal, mushrooms, and mackerel, respectively. The pork main course was surprisingly variable in size—some of us got large pieces with little fat, others much smaller pieces with less meat. It was still incredibly flavorful. Every component of the dessert—milk, cinnamon, rum—was excellent, and came as a generous portion. My partner had the pairing, which he thought was strong throughout with the standout being their house vermouth. The rest of us had nonalcoholic spritzes, simple but pleasant aromatic mixtures of a fruit and a flower. We were a bit chilly where we were seated, but the food warmed us up. We enjoyed this meal a lot and will make a point to return when we come to San José again!

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  39. CRTravel

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We did the tasting menu with wine pairing and it was so clever and unique! The themes and storylines were a nice touch and the service was great. The ambiance is perhaps my favorite part. It was a great way to spend a nice romantic evening out in San Jose. I'd almost give the food 5 stars just because of the creativity and unique touches, but we have had better tasting menus where we couldn't leave anything on the plate and this menu was pricey. Anyway, the overall experience was worth it!

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  40. AcadieFoodie

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The tasting menu with the chef’s choice wine pairing was a fabulous experience. Everything was great. The food, the atmosphere, the service, all top notch. It might seem pricey but it is worth every penny. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily

FAQs

Silvestre is rated 4.5 stars by 733 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 12 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
    Dinner Mon–Sat 6:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Latin American, Farm-to-table, Contemporary Latin
  • 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, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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