San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

What’s On for Christmas, New Year’s

It’s fiesta time, and restaurants everywhere are prepping holiday feasts and New Year’s Eve festivities. Here are just a few:

Barceló San José Palacio: La Uruca, highway to airport, Dec. 24, Anfora Restaurant, special Christmas dinner with salad bar, five types of meat including leg of pork, duck à l’orange, stuffed pork breast, trout and filet mignon, sides and dessert buffet, $30 plus tax; Dec. 31, Bosque Bar, international hors d’oeuvre buffet, dancing with music by Los Hicsos and Skala, ¢35,000 including tax, and Salón Greco, gala buffet dinner with salad bar, cold and hot appetizers, grilled trout, smoked turkey breast, tilapia, pork loin, country potatoes, langostino, sides and dessert bar, dancing with music by Rrequete and Los Hicsos, ¢45,000 including tax, both venues will have carnival, comparsa, mariachis and lucky grapes at midnight, reservations for events at 2220-2034, ext. 715, 745, for rooms (special rate of $65 plus tax including breakfast) at ext. 718, www.barcelo

Del Mar Restaurant: At Hotel Del Rey, Av. 1, Ca. 9, Dec. 25, Christmas dinner with turkey, leg of pork, sides and dessert, call for price, 2257-7800, ext. 232,

Doris Metropolitan: Santa Ana Centro, northeast corner behind church, Dec. 31, “Sparkling Celebration,” special prices on champagnes and sparkling wines, prime rib, rack of lamb, info and reservations at 2282-2221,

Fogo Brasil: La Sabana, 100 m east of Nissan dealership, Dec. 31, 7 p.m.-3 a.m., salad, side and pasta bars, 17 cuts of meat, live music, Brazilian show, fireworks, lucky grapes at midnight, $80, 2248-1111,

La Luz Restaurant: At Hotel Alta, Alto de las Palomas, old road to Santa Ana, Dec. 24 and 31, 6-10 p.m., mixed traditional buffet dinner including leg of pork, turkey, tilapia and tenderloin, all filled with special Christmas stuffings, $29 plus tax; Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., brunch, $21 plus tax, reservations at 2282-4160,

Magnolia Restaurant: At Club Colonial, Av. 1, Ca. 9/11, Dec. 31, buffet dinner with two appetizers, main course, dessert, glass of wine, live music, toast and lucky grapes at midnight, carnival after midnight, $20 including tax, 2258-2807,

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