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about us

a simple, tasty and healthy culinary experience

In a century-old house in the historic center of San José, right in the emblematic Barrio Amón, is located Café Rojo, a restaurant and coffee house . We are a safe space, free of harassment and discrimination, with a cultural agenda of exhibitions and activities.

We propose a simple, tasty and healthy culinary experience; inclusive for vegans and people on a gluten-free diet. Our dishes are inspired by the tropical flavors of Vietnamese and Costa Rican food and are made with fresh products, mostly from small local producers.

We offer a selection of drinks and coffees with flavors and preparations made by us, as well as our selection of vegan and non-vegan desserts and pastries. We also have a menu of original cocktails and wines to pair with your dishes.

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 Casa Pagés

Although symmetry is rare in Victorian architecture, the Pagés house where we are located, built at the beginning of the 20th century, shows this characteristic along with others typical features of that frequent aesthetic in the Amón neighborhood.


Thus, for example, from the front wall and fence, Victorian designs characterize it, as does the front corridor with its columns and decorated corbels and where access is marked by the central body of the second level.


This is a pure volume, with a double arched window and wooden corbels that support the eaves with a valance, before giving way to the gable decorated with moldings, a skylight that provides ventilation to the attic and, pointing to the sky, a crest of wrought iron and whimsical design.

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Who we are

We are a family restaurant and a small team, which allows us to give special attention to each and every person who walks through our doors.


We started this adventure in 2014 and since then we open every day convinced of wanting to offer an honest, warm, healthy and flavorful experience.

Our motto is to offer an urban experience of tropical, fresh, healthy and affordable gastronomy; within the framework of cultural, artistic life and the use and preservation of the architectural heritage of the city of San José.

In the photo: Lucy (front), Cassi (back left), Yama (back right)

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