San Jose Evening Tour With Dinner In Escazú

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Walk in the shoes of a typical tico, or native Costa Rican, on this 4-hour evening tour of San Jose and dinner in Guachipelin. Meander through San Joses Central Market with an expert guide, and learn about the ingredients used to prepare local cuisine. Then stroll through historic neighborhoods to admire beautiful architecture, including the National Theater. Listen to tales of witch lore as you travel to Guachipelin, part of the City of Witches, before tucking into a gourmet 3-course meal, paired with wine, at a local restaurant.


  • Dinner included
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Led by a local guide

Know More about this tour

Meet your guide at San Jose’s Central Market, a lively labyrinth of more than 200 stalls that took root in 1882. Watch as people stream in and out of the covered market to purchase groceries and meet friends at restaurants, cafes and bars.

You’ll find wares of every kind here, including produce, herbal remedies, handicrafts and more. Your guide will take you to certain stalls to point out the herbs, roots and fruit commonly used in local cuisine, some of which may even be part of your dinner later on.

After the market, amble down Central Avenue, learning about city history along the way. In Culture Plaza, gaze at the Neoclassical façade of the National Theater. Opened in 1897, this ornate playhouse is always busy hosting performances from the National Symphony Orchestra and National Theater Company, among other acts.

For more impressive Costa Rican architecture, stroll through Morazán Park — built over swampland in the 19th century — for a look at the Metallic Building that houses two prominent schools. At Spain Park, gaze at the Yellow House, home of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and hear about its connection to Andrew Carnegie. 

Wander through adjacent neighborhoods to find institutions such as the National Distillery and the Supreme Court of Elections. Go through the Paseo de las Damas into the lovely National Park and arrive at an artisan market, where you’ll spend some time before hopping aboard your private transport to Paseo de la Luz.

The vibrant commercial hub is located in the city of Escazú, home to many well-heeled ticos and foreign ambassadors. During the short drive to , Paseo de la Luz hear supernatural folklore about Escazú, which is nicknamed the City of Witches.

Spend the rest of the evening in Paseo de la Luz at a popular restaurant that specializes in Costa Rican cuisine with a Mediterranean flair. Each of your three courses is carefully paired with wine. See Itinerary below for a sample menu.

Your tour concludes at the end of your sumptuous meal.

Inclusions for San Jose Evening Tour With Dinner In Escazú

  • Local guide
  • 3-course dinner
  • 3 glasses of wine

Exclusions for San Jose Evening Tour With Dinner In Escazú

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


Sample dinner menu (subject to change)
First course (one of the following):
  • Tomato filled with sea bass ceviche and chicasquil (tree spinach)
  • Palm fruit cream soup
  • Tuna ceviche salad with olives, nuts and beetroot
Main course (one of the following):

  • Sea bass filet in tamarind sauce, with sweet potato puree and hearts of palm

  • Beef tenderloin with blackberries and strawberry sauce, with banana croquettes and glazed palm fruit

  • Pork tenderloin encrusted with palm fruit seeds, mango and guava

Dessert (one of the following):
  • Turrialba cheese and guava jelly
  • Banana ice cream with pumpkin honey
  • Coconut fudge with soursop ice cream

Each course is paired with wine from Argentina or Chile.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Minimum age is 6 years

Minimum age to drink wine is 18 years

Small-group tour limited to 12 people

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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30 reviews by the users

  • A good guide showing us what he could during a very heavy rainy night. Dinner was poor and definitely not as advertised. Oct 2017 V and M

  • The walking tour was interesting and the guide, though inexperienced, did a decent job and was enthusiastic and took good care of us. But the dinner which was supposed to be three courses of typical Costa Rican fare with three glasses of wine in a restaurant in nearby Escazú was at a place in San Jose that we walked to and consisted of a bowl of tomato soup, a plate of risotto, a solitary meringue cookie, and a glass of Sangria at a restaurant in San Jose itself -- it was OK, but certainly not what I paid for. I was disappointed, to say the least.

  • Hector our guide was very knowledgeable and has a passion that shines through. Loved exploring this interesting city, the only thing I would recommend is to have the dinner stop earlier, maybe half way through the tour.

  • Walking around the central market was nice. Learning about the food culture in San Jose was yummy. But the tour ending at a local restaurant with a drink was awesome!

  • Wonderful walking tour with Vinicio. Learned so much and he was incredibly knowledgeable yet only about 23 years old and very proud of his country. Great walk and incredible meal at the end!

  • While pleasant, this walking tour was no where near Escazu. My girlfriend was on her first trip to Costa Rica, so I wanted her to see Escazu. We did not drive anywhere, as indicated in the tour description. We walked for a few hours, ending up at the restaurant for dinner. The dinner was billed as an upscale restaurant, which it was not.

    I booked several tours from VIATOR for my Costa Rica Vacation. I booked the San Jose Evening Tour with Dinner in Escazu on 04/22/2017. This tour was a disaster from the beginning. Directions were misleading and placed me in the center of San Jose market without clear directions and no landmarks to guide me. LUCKLY I spoke the local language and the locals were unable to help as well. I called the local given and after 6 unanswered calls I was ready to give up. After 30 minutes of aimless walking, I finally came across someone with what looked like a tour.
    The tour turned out to be a WALKING TOUR which is not what I would have booked. I wore eavning attire with hard soled shoes not ideal for walking. Aside from being a disabled veteran with an orthotic implant, I would never have booked a walking tour. I had to stop and rest on several occasions prior to arriving at the restaurant. The tour NEVER made it to the CITY of Witches Guachipelin. The restaurant staff was rude not thinking I could understand them. They were upset for a vegetarian request.
    The tour I booked had transportation to ESCAZU. My hotel would have been on the way back from the restaurant indicated on the tour. I was shoved into a local taxi that was also out of pocket.
    Overall this was a very disappointing experience with Viator.

  • Great tour!

  • Perfect in every way. I've toured San Jose many times - but never like this. My tour guide, Venicio, was knowledgeable, friendly, and humorous. This was a tour I will remember for years.

  • Enjoyed this tour. Spent a good time in the central market seeing the local produce and getting an incite in San Jose lifestyle. Then we had a stroll around a few sites and on to Dinner..
    Restaurant was fine and the food was tasty but I think I would of preferred something a little more traditional. The clientele, in main, looked to be students.

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