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Silvestre, San José, San José, San José

Silvestre

4.5
4.5
505 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

9:30 PM


Booked 7 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 505 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Costa Rica

    Fit for Foodies

  • Costa Rica

    Good for Groups

  • Costa Rica

    Healthy

  • Costa Rica

    Notable Wine List

  • Costa Rica

    Romantic

  • San José

    Best Overall

  • San José

    Best Food

  • San José

    Best Service

  • San José

    Best Ambiance

  • San José

    Best Value

  • San José

    Fit for Foodies

  • San José

    Great for Lunch

  • San José

    Notable Wine List

  • San José

    Romantic

  • San José

    Special Occasion

  • San José

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    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!
  5. 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.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful food and excellent service.
  7. 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 !
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. T

    sherriTaekwondo

    New York Area

    89 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    89 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!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and amazing food experience
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Buena experiencia pero no extraordinaria
  13. 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.
  14. P

    Pahoran

    Savannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    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.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food and superb service
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. V

    Visitante

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    La comida muy creativa, es definitivamente toda una experiencia culinaria. Los sabores la mayoría de nuestro gusto, hubo algunas combinaciones (la rana dorada) que no a todos gustó. Sobresaliente la boca da camarón, el pescado en salsa de palmito y el cordero Terrible el sonido dentro del restaurante, le resta confort, deberían trabajar en generar un poco más de control sónico.
  24. MV

    MaryV

    Austin

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service and attention. Some opportunities regarding the meat quality. In general we had a great time
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    This was not exactly an enjoyable experience. I brought my significant other for his special birthday dinner. The waitstaff was very inattentive. When we finally were able to order our food, it took over an hour to be brought at. After at least an hour had passed someone decided to come and inform us that the lamb was not of good quality. The food was mediocre at best. Initially I wanted to try the tasting menu but due to it be later in the evening when we had dinner, I was told this was unavailable. I was overall pretty disappointed.
  26. MM

    MrMuffin

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A special experience. The tasting menu with paired wines is a relaxing journey through quality ingredients and flavors I haven't encountered before. Some dishes' presentations are a little gimmicky but the cooking itself is sophisticated and eye-opening. Truly fine cuisine. The wine pairings kind of lost the theme ... Tasted good but would have preferred more local/regional offerings. Expensive but no regrets.
  27. G

    Ginger

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelente experiencia, tanto la comida como el servicio y el ambiente.
  28. D

    David

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Pagamos por los 8 tiempos de comida y los primeros 3 platos tenían un sabor muy similar además de llevar la misma crema de camote por lo que se sintió poca variedad de sabores, el plato de lomo la carne estaba dura y fría( se supone que en un restaurante de este nivel la comida debería ser entregada a la temperatura ideal). El postre estaba muy pesado. Los refrescos naturales no estaban tan buenos.
  29. G

    Guest

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food was delicious but not easy to digest, the sauces are heavy
  30. MG

    MischaG

    Bristol

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely lovely restaurant in San Jose! We went here to for our last night in the city and it did not disappoint. Really delicious and interesting food and the staff are super friendly.
  31. OC

    OCTAVIOP

    Key West

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    very niece place waitress very knowledgable of food. entries are sifusticated, not to many choices
  32. VM

    ValeriaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Comida excelente y la historia que cuentan me encantó
  33. M

    Matrimonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excelente comida, combinación de sabores novedosos y autóctonos.
  34. s

    summerhill

    Montreal

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fantastic experience
  35. PC

    PriscillaCoto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Toda una experiencia gastronomica Para volver y volver!!!
  36. DS

    DanielleS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time. The lamb was delicious. A friend had the 8-course taste of Costa Rica, which looked wonderful. Cocktails were tasty. Service was friendly, professional and accommodating.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Una muy buena experiencia. Antes de entrar en detalle de los platos quiero decir que se nota que el equipo de silvestre lleva buen tiempo investigando, probando y saliendo en busca de ingredientes y productos realmente autoctonos. Se podría decir que es la cuna de la cocina Neo-costarricense y pensaría que el origen de un movimiento que pueda llevar la gastronomía de Costa Rica a dar un paso al frente. En lineas generales todos los platillos fueron super interesantes, con sabores y texturas que hacían mucho sentido. Es una propuesta arriesgada pero muy bien ejectudada. Mi único pero, y esto es por que no soy muy dulcero, es que el segundo postre (la esfera de osa) estaba muy empalagosa. Dicho esto, el primer postre que es tipo un waffer con heleado ha sido de lo mejor en postres que he probado últimamente. Por momentos sabía a postre de alta cocina y después daba un golpe de nostalgia a la merienda del cole (digamos que es una galleta Festival de la Pozuelo pero en esteroides). No es para ir todos los días, sin embargo siempre que reciba a algún amigo extranjero está será mi primera opción, confiado de que es única en el mundo.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    El servicio , la comida y el ambiente de primer nivel. Súper recomendado
  39. SF

    SueF

    Buckinghamshire

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The degustation menu is a superb journey through the history of Costa Rica. Fantastic food, wonderful presentation! Not to be missed!
  40. AG

    AdrianaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cenamos el menú de degustación con el maridaje recomendación del chef. Fue una experiencia increíble! La comida, el servicio y el lugar. De fijo tenemos que volver a probar más.

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Silvestre is rated 4.5 stars by 505 OpenTable diners.

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Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 7 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, Wine

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