San Jose

Explore San Jose By Night: Food and Culture Tour with Local Dinner

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San Jose Evening Tour with Dinner in Escazu

From USD 79.00

Price varies by group size

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 4 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Discover San Jose’s hidden delights with this unique evening tour of the Costa Rican capital. Get up close and personal with the nightlife in San Jose, starting with the Morazán Park where we will learn post-colonial Costa Rican history. From there, our appreciation for San Jose’s historical architecture continues, with a walk by the Metallic Building, then on to Spain Park for a fantastic view of the Yellow House (now the Ministry of Foreign Affairs). We’ll continue to charming Barrio Escalante, one of the oldest residential areas in San Jose. Finish the night with a 3-course meal and wine or beer pairings at a gourmet Costa Rican restaurant.
  • 4-hour evening tour of San Jose with dinner
  • Gain an insider’s perspective of local food
  • See San Jose’s iconic landmarks, including the Metallic Building and the Yellow House
  • Delve into a delicious 3-course dinner with expertly selected beverage pairings
  • Three-course meal of traditional Costa Rican cantina fare

What's Included

  • Experience San Jose by night with a local to guide the way
  • Explore significant city buildings and local neighbourhoods
  • Indulge in a tasty local dinner with authentic local ingredients
  • Sip a glass of wine or beer while you dine
  • Immerse yourself in the culture and history of the city
  • Get tips on what else to see, do and eat during your stay
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Templo de la Música
    WWPF+6V5, C. 7, El Carmen, San José, 10101, Costa Rica

    Morazan Park at the The Temple of Music

Start time

04:00 pm

End point

  • Agüizotes Gastro Pub
    Av 5 &, C. 33, Barrio Escalante, San José, 10101, Costa Rica

    Aguizotes Gastropub

What To Expect

Uncover secrets of daily life and folkloric legend in San Jose with this captivating evening tour. Connect with your guide at Morazán Park where we will learn post-colonial Costa Rican history. Your tour continues with a walk through San Jose’s historic streets to view architectural highlights in the glow of twilight. Stroll through Spain Park to view the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which boasts ties to Andrew Carnegie. You’ll also see the National Distillery and the striking metallic building at Morazán Park, constructed atop swamps in the 1800s. Finish your walk at a local artisan market inside the beautiful National Park, where you’ll have the opportunity to purchase handmade souvenirs. We’ll continue to charming Barrio Escalante, one of the oldest residential areas in San Jose. The "barrio" as locals call it, was first a coffee farm but by the 1950's became the favorite neighborhood for the economic and political elites of the time. Nowadays, Barrio Escalante has reinvented itself and is now home to many up and coming restaurants and at night is a favorite meeting spot for locals and visitors alike.

The evening will end with a contemporary traditional meal at a hip local restaurant that is very popular with locals and offers a sampler of traditional Costa Rican pub fare.

Between your tasty three-course meal, and wines that go down a treat, you’ll be ending the evening feeling every bit the San Jose local.

Morazan Park

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Parque Espana

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Edificio Steinvorth

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Barrio Escalante

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Agüizotes Gastro Pub

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age to drink wine is 18 years
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Casual clothing is appropriate for this tour
  • We can accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Traveller Tips

You must call and get the phone number of the tour guide.
This is a must for all first timers in San Jose.
We highly recommend this as part of your experience in Costa Rica.


187 reviews
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Dinner Meh
Kelly_S, Sept 2023
The tour was nice but not quite what I expected. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and walked at my pace versus speed walking. Disappointed with the meal. Restaurant was ok but nothing special. It was just me and my 19 yo son on the tour. Two drinks were included per person. They had one choice of wine. If I wanted anything else it was an up charge. My son only had one soda. For the amount paid, would have liked more than just a taco choice for dinner. We were the only ones on the tour.
Proper way to appreciate Costa Rica
Charles_S, Sept 2023
Great dinner and conversation at the local restaurant in Escalante. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable on the historical landmarks. The historial significance all culminates toward the end of the tour where you get a little glimpse of what it feels like to be Tico. I appreciate this authentic view versus a mainstream commercial perspective.
A Great way to see the City
Patrick_W, July 2023
The tour guide was awesome, she knew the history of Costa Rica and showed me a good time. San Jose is a beautiful place with beautiful people.
I wouldnt waste your time or money on this one
Lisa_T, May 2023
Although the tour guide was very nice and knowledgeable, I personally felt that I could have skipped this excursion and kept my money in my pocket. It was boring and not enjoyable. The description gives you the impression that you will partake in some actual night life activities and that wasnt the case.
Explore San Jose by night
Pallavi_V, Apr 2023
The best way to experience San Jose. Our guide Jenny O was amazing and gave us an amazing introduction to everything CR. She picked up my kids loved nature and gave them extra information all the local plants and eco diversity and tip on different places to visit and ended the tour with a wonderful dinner!
Wonderful afternoon
Lukas_H, Mar 2023
Very good and knowledgeable Guide. Was with a friend and also had a couple in the group. Tour includes a stop with a craft beer or craft kombucha as well as Appetizer and main plate & 2 drinks of soda, beer or wine (also dessert i think but we all were full after the main course. Beware the servings are quite big especially the nachos.
Leonardo really brings history alive in San Jose!
Bill_K, Mar 2023
Our guide Leonardo was excellent. He was incredibly knowledgeable about history, politics, and the natural environment. He was also a terrific conversationalist and did a great job engaging all of us. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour, learned a ton about San Jose, Costa Rica, and Central America, and gobbled up delicious food at the restaurant where we wrapped things up. Have the ceviche!
Architecture, Culture and History
Helen_L, Mar 2023
My husband and I had a great time with Fabi. She knew a lot about the history, culture, politics and history of Costa Rica and San Jose, was able to show us interesting places and little known hole-in-the-wall sights. Her enthusiasm for her country and city were contagious. We had a great time. Highly recommend it.
Great introduction to Costa Rica
celestineshih, Jan 2023
Exploring San Jose in the evening by walking showed us a different side of the city. Luz was very knowledgeable and passionate about her country and culture. We learned an incredible amount and appreciate the great introduction to Costa Rica!
San Jose Tour
Dan_L, Jan 2023
Enjoyed the overview of San Jose center. Guides were knowledgeable and friendly. Nice perspective from a local standpoint. Visit to a pub & dinner were fun.
Great cultural experience
Allison_N, Dec 2022
Ale was a great guide, very knowledgeable and proud Costa Rican. She loves her city and was keen on sharing every detail of it. Food and drinks were very nice and I felt safe throughout the whole tour. I would definitely recommend it.
AmazIng tour
Asia_W, Dec 2022
Manuel was very knowledgeable of the many attractions and overall country. I enjoyed this tour of San Jose. Thanks Manny!
Shadi_D, Nov 2022
Guy came 40 minutes late and didn’t have the majority of the people waiting on the list. Not really a food tour. Just a walking tour with dinner. Guide was ok, but definitely would not recommend.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Hello - thank you for taking the time to let us know how you got on with your tour. We're sorry that you were disappointed by your experience. We've been in touch with our local team who operate this Urban Adventure to get some more information about how your trip ran, and why the guide was late in meeting you. We'll be in touch with you directly, with our findings and response. Speak soon 😊
Great learning experience and fantastic guide
randyell, Oct 2022
I got a very extensive learning experience which really built upon my hours spent earlier that day at the National Museum. My Guide, Leo, was fantastic, and at my request, conducted much of my tour in Spanish, switching to near perfect English, whenever he or I felt it necessary to give me a clear understanding, or to convey important information..
Wonderful evening in San Jose
Heena_M, Oct 2022
We had a lovely evening learning about the history of Costa Rica. The evening dinner was delicious. Our tour guide was great and very knowledgeable.
A bunch of culture and a taste of the city
Luis_R, July 2022
Had an awesome time with our tour guide Malo (don't let the name fool you because everything was "muy bien") and fellow adventurers. Super knowledgeable and great story telling. The drink at the beginning was fine and the meal at the end was tasty. If you have high expectations in terms of a bigger food and beverage experience then I would probably suggest a different, food centric tour. However, if tasting a local beer, trying a local dish for dinner (the chifrijo was delicious), and learning a lot about the CULTURE and HISTORY of San Jose/Costa Rica is most important to you, this is a perfect experience and highly recommended.
See what the city looks like when the sun goes down.
STEVEN_L, May 2022
Wow what an amazing tour of the city, saw some incredible sights and learned more of the history of the country and the people. Jorge was a fantastic guide his passion for his country is contagious. Lover every minute.
Tour Guide was UH-MAZING
Neil_G, Apr 2022
It has been a different experience touring the city while raining but our tour guide was so professional and still made the tour fun and exciting.
I love our tour guide and...
Aliyah_B, Mar 2022
I love our tour guide and his knowledge! And I enjoyed meeting the people who were also a part of the tour. Would highly recommend
Fantastic option to start or end your stay in San Jose
joynussen, Mar 2022
Tour guide has a vast amount of knowledge not only about the landmarks and history but of Costa Rica in general. very enjoyable and educational!

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