Founded in 1909 el Balcón de Europa located in the city centre is one of the oldest restaurants in Costa Rica.

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A friend and I enjoyed lunch at El Balcón de Europa on Thursday and were both pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food for about $70 per head.

The fillet mignon with a Roquefort sauce was perfectly cooked and my salmon dish was also very tasty and juicy.

Located a few steps from Avenida Central, it doesn’t look nearly as elegant from the outside as it does when you enter but it’s the perfect place for lunch and since it’s literally a three minute walk from the National Theatre, it’s a great place for dinner before or after a show.

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Important Note: It would appear that this special 50% discount for those of us over 50 applies during the week only so, it may be best for you to confirm that when you make your reservations.


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Written by Scott Oliver, author of 1: How To Buy Costa Rica Real Estate Without Losing Your Camisa, 2: Costa Rica’s Guide To Making Money Offshore and 3. ¿Cómo Comprar Bienes Raíces en Costa Rica, Sin Perder Su Camisa?

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