San Jose - Post Report Question and Answers

What typical restaurants, food delivery services, and/or takeout options are popular among expatriates?

Restaurant selection is pretty good, with one or two good choices for each type of cuisine. UberEats is alive and well here. - Sep 2020

Costa Rica has everything. They love Americana, so the country is full of typical US chains, Food delivery now includes Uber Eats and every other thing you can imagine - Jul 2018

You can get everything delivered, including McDonald's. Restaurants are generally good but expensive: average cost for two people will be $50-$75 including drinks at an average restaurant. - Dec 2016

U.S. chains dominate fast food here, and are very common. - Feb 2016

American-style fast food is plentiful, popular, and of poor quality. American-style chain restaurants like Fridays are not much better except that they add good service and cold beer. The local 'sodas' are like diners and can be very tasty, inexpensive and are an important part of the cultural experience but Americans will miss variety and spice. The real fun of Costa Rican food is in the bocas -- like tapas, best with beer, and including patacones, chicharrones, ceviche, wings, ribs, chifrijo... Lots of fun stuff. There are tons of restaurants with New York prices. Few are worth it. Doris in Santa Ana and Furca near Sabana offer terrific dry-aged steaks for a splurge. Product C serves excellent fresh/sustainable seafood and with craft beers. In general, trying out new restaurants is an expensive gamble though -- too many 'concepts' that are all style and price with no real substance. We were burned many times. - Apr 2014

Everything, it's like living in the U.S. but at double or triple the price. We have Cinnabon, Burger King, Taco Bell, McDonald's, Wendy's, Applebee's, Chili's, Tony Roma's, TGI Fridays, Starbuck's, KFC, Subway, Teriyaki Experience, Cosi, Smashburger, Moe's Southwest Grill, and Hagen Das. - Jun 2013

All fast food places are here, McDonalds, KFC, Burger King, Taco Bell, Subway, Quiznos, & Wendy's and they are all expensive, almost double the price you would pay in the states. We also have Outback, Hooters, Applebees, TGIF, & Tony Roma's, again very expensive! - Aug 2011

McDonald's, Wendy's, Tony Roma's, Burger King... - Feb 2010

All fast food chains are here, with prices comparable to the US.There are a number of great resturaunts, also with prices the same as the US. - Jan 2010

McDonald's and Wendy's if that's your thing. Costa Rican traditional style restaurants. - Jul 2008

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