The moment you walk into October 29 Gastrobar in San Ramon, Costa Rica, you might think you’ve entered the kind of avantgarde bistros typically found in Paris, New York, or Seattle. For the uninitiated, a gastrobar provides upscale drinks, pizza and cuisine within a laid-back and affordable setting. Picture chic brasserie meets British Pub, but with a chef.
October 29 is a sophisticated restaurant and immensely popular centric hot spot that’s been delighting its prolific fanbase since December 2015.
Manager and joint owner, Jeffery Peraza Montero is a key reason why October 29 Gastrobar is so successful and venerated.
A San Ramon native and world traveler (speaking English, French, and Spanish), Jeffery is a consummate host whose welcoming demeanor, cultural insights, and selective menu choices cater to vigilant palates. Jeffery elaborates, “When October 29 opened, one of the main goals was to share my collective experiences from Spain, Budapest, Switzerland, and the U.S. with my hometown.”
Preserving a casual yet refined ambiance, October 29 seats 38 amidst 14 tables, and every patron has a cozy view of the diverse artistry, curios, and mementos ensconced throughout.
Linda B. says, “Jeffery and his staff are very friendly and attentive, and I really like how they take the extra time to visit with their customers … plus the food is great!”
The culinary delights prepared by chef de cuisine Eduardo, is unquestionably the paramount reason why people flock to October 29. Perusing the food and drink menus, one is quickly impressed with the bevy of choices, but ensure you read the menu’s last page to understand the relevance of October 29, 1821.
In order to start the night off right … try one or more of the amazing “tapas” paired with a Brazilian or Cuban cocktail. Tapas are delectable Spanish appetizers and October 29 has nearly two dozen to choose from. Hongos Rellenos are a crowd favorite or venture off-menu with the Salami Prosciutto or Camarón Napolitano.
Graduating to the entrées, October 29 offers two gourmet salads, six exquisite pasta dishes, and three specialty plates including a four-cheese pork tenderloin. Last and certainly not least, Eduardo’s artisanal pizzas are exceptional. The Genovesa, 4 Quesos, and Pizza del 29 are in-house specialties. It might be a challenge, but make sure you save room for one of three gratifying desserts.
To enrich an artisanal delicacy, what could be better than an artisanal beer? October 29 carries an international assortment from Belgium, the U.S., El Salvador, and right here in Costa Rica. They also stock a dozen premium beers and run three rotating taps.
Looking for an alternative libation? In addition to the assorted liqueurs, Spanish sangrias, and natural beverages … perhaps a California, Argentina, or Italian wine would suitably complement your dining experience.
If you live in or around San Ramon or have plans to visit this gem of a city nestled in Costa Rica’s Central coffee highlands … October 29 has to be on your “must do” list. Rachelle B. sums it up rather nicely, “I just love the relaxed bistro atmosphere.” With a consistent “top ten” rating on TripAdvisor, Jeffery and his staff are doing a lot of things right which makes October 29 Gastrobar in San Ramon the perfect destination for a great night out.
For more information:
Phone: (506) 2447-6000
Located: Diagonal to Correos (San Ramon’s central post office)
Hours: 5:00pm-12:00am (Mon-Thurs)
Facebook & Instagram – October 29 – @octubre29gastrobar
Available on WAZE
Delivery, take-out, and catering services are available
Price range: 5,500-9,000 colones (approx. $10-$16)