Restaurante Chalitos

  • Great Sunday Discovery…..
  • Today after enjoying a great lunch at Chalitos Restaurant in La Guácima de Alajuela for the first time, I learned that the original place has been open since 1938.
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  • A very casual place, you really feel in Costa Rica: wooden floors, wooden tables, very loud and “happening” place.
  • The menu pleases everybody with typical Costarican dishes such as patacones, tacos ticos, ceviches, And also some Peruvian additions like ceviche Peruano, arroz chaufa, causa limena, parihuela, and lots more.
  • Even though I had a hard time deciding what to order, I chose a Peruvian ceviche that was very fresh, lemony and with lots of cilantro, maybe a tiny bit “overcooked”. Then I had “arroz con camarones” (rice with shrimp) one of my all time favorite dishes. It was really good. 
  • Garic Shrimp
    • A friend had Camarones al Ajillo (shrimp sautéed in butter and garlic) I wanted to steal that plate! 
  • Then my husband ordered a whole fish that came with a delicious tomato based seafood sauce on the side that looked better than anything else on the table, and my mom had a Thai chicken that she loved. It was so big she took half of it home. Everything was very good.
  • The portions are big and prices very reasonable. Expect to pay 20.000 colones for 2 adults and 2 kids with no alcoholic beverages. 
  • The service was very good, even though the place was packed and very loud. A few extra waiters would have been great (at least for Sunday lunch).  All the waiters had a great attitude, which is unusual to find nowadays. 
  • They also have a playground for the kids to enjoy, always a plus on a Sunday lunch.
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  • I do recommend Chalitos. 
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  • My rating:
  • Food:            3.5/5
  • Service:        4/5 
  • Ambience:   4/5
  • Decor:          3/5 
  • Cost:            $$ ($20 pp)
 
 
 
  • Directions: 
  • Chalitos Restaurant
  • 400 metros al sur de la Iglesia Católica de Las Vueltas, La Guácima, Alajuela, Costa Rica.
  • Teléfono: (506) 2439-10-29 

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