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  • Location:San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)

San Jose Dinner, Live Music, and Traditional Dance

Enjoy an evening of Costa Rican food and culture at a hillside restaurant with spectacular views overlooking San Jose. Enjoy an elaborate buffet dinner and watch festively costumed dancers move to live music in a traditional show. Historical photographs and memorabilia decorate the spacious interior, and an exterior deck allows you to snap panoramic pictures of the Central Valley. A fireworks show wraps up this special evening out on the town.


  • Traditional Costa Rican dinner and dance performance, from San Jose
  • Sample a variety of typical Costa Rican dishes from the buffet
  • Enjoy the show as colorfully costumed dancers perform
  • Take in stunning views over San Jose and the neighboring towns of Heredia and Alajuela
  • Learn about Costa Rica's past from photographs and memorabilia that decorate the restaurant
  • Watch the fireworks show that wraps up a magical evening in the hills outside of San Jose

What You Can Expect

San Jose Dinner, Live Music, and Traditional Dance

Take in stunning views over the Central Valley!

After pickup from your San Jose hotel in the early evening, travel by comfortable coach into the stunning hills that surround the city. Get amazing views of Costa Rica’s capital city twinkling below.

Your coach arrives at a spacious restaurant with large windows that highlight panoramic views of the valley. Feel free to stroll around the attractive grounds, decorated inside and out with Costa Rican crafts and historical memorabilia. Browse displays by local artisans that might inspire you to buy that perfect souvenir to bring home.

A friendly staff member shows you to your table and explains the dishes available for the buffet dinner. Enjoy a large selection of meats, vegetables, rice, beans, salads, and desserts.

Some dishes that you might taste are olla de carne, a typical meat stew; chifrijo, a popular dish with layers of red beans, meat, rice and chopped tomato salsa; and chicharones típicos de la zona, a regional deep-fried pork dish. Your main course is served with sides such as empanaditas de queso (cheese turnovers), or picadillo de arracache, a chopped salad made with a tasty root vegetable from the Andes. Traditional desserts may include rice pudding, plantains with honey, or bananas served in a sweet sauce. The multitude of options is sure to please most palates!

Watch women twirl in long colorful dresses alongside sharply dressed men. The live music and dancing showcase parts of Costa Rican culture that have been passed down for generations. It's the perfect complement to your authentic meal.

A colorful fireworks display provides a spectacular finale to your evening. Afterward, your coach returns you to your San Jose hotel to end your tour.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Nice bus ride from hotel. Great food and entertainment. Recommend it for all those that are traveling to San Jose Costa Rica

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

This evening was very pleasant with good food and excellent entertainment. The view of the city from the restaurant is spectacular.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2008

This was a very good tour.

4 star rating: Recommended January 2015

The restaurant is located on the hill with a great view. The food is great and the show host was funny. It was a great place to dine.

4 star rating: Recommended December 2014

Beautiful view, great entertainment, food could be better but plenty of drinks!

4 star rating: Recommended August 2008

I really enjoyed the show, which gave good insight into the historical background of the country in an entertaining way. It was a very good tour for all ages. However, I experienced difficulty and confusion over the fact that Viator issued me a ticket voucher for this tour on a day when it was not offered--Thursday. This created confusion and stress. It was difficult communicating with the tour company in Costa Rica to get this rectified, and it took a lot of valuable time that I could have spent doing something else. When I finally was able to get through to the tour company, they promised to fax and e-mail me a replacement voucher, which they never did. Therefore, I was left wondering up to the last minute whether I was confirmed for this tour for Saturday night. I would definitely recommend doing this tour, but Viator needs to ensure that it is booked for one of the actual days that the show runs.

4 star rating: Recommended August 2008

Was fun and very informative.

M G Parry
United Kingdom

3 star rating: Worth doing April 2015

It was a pleasant experience. I do think that couples should be given the opportunity of dining at their own table and not be responsible for offering hospitality to clients travelling alone. It so happened that the guy who was placed at out table was pleasant but rather controlled our conversation with his constant talking.



3 star rating: Worth doing April 2015

I thought the food was mediocre--fatty, too much starch, not high quality. The show was short and much of the time involved announcement and presentation of persons celebrating birthdays and anniversaries. The setting was beautiful but it was not worth the price overall.

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