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I'm going to San Jose for one week on July 18th to study Spanish and would appreciate some recommendations for restaurants that are really worth going to. I'll be staying with a host family and eating most of my meals with them, but I'd also like to venture out and try the local fare at some restaurants. Thank you!

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  1. Trying to bring this thread to the top. I too will be in San Jose starting the 16th. Anything good within walking distance of the National Theatre would be appreciated.
    I'll have 2 kids in tow, so nothing real fancy

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    1. re: TroyTempest

      My favorite "not fancy" restaurant in San Jose is Europa. The cevice is "to die for". I frequented CR and this restaurant often in the 70s and 1980; I hope Europa is still in business.

      1. re: theoreticalphenogroup14

        My favorite "fancy" is the Curime restaurant at the Cariari hotel.

    2. I had a wonderful lunch at the café in the National Theater (Teatro Nacional) several years ago. The magnificent setting made the experience particularly memorable.

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      1. re: Luwak

        Sadly, you guys are a couple of months late. Had a wonderful time in CR, but mo memorable food in San Jose.