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La Choza de Laurel

400 meters west of the church, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
(506) 2479-7063
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Cuisines: Costa Rican
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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Newport, United Kingdom
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179 reviews 179 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

If you have just arrived after a long flight then you are hungry and you don't really care much about the prices - it didn't even cross our minds, we were starving! We noticed locals dine here too so it can't be a place just for tourists or too expensive. The service was warm and welcoming and the menu would... More

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Miami, Florida
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64 reviews 64 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We live part of the year in Costa Rica and have eaten at La Choza several times. While it is pricey (if you have a few beers), we feel that the wood fired roast chicken is worth the price. La Fortuna is a tourist destination and any number of tour buses stop here during the day. The wait staff are... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I ate at La Choza recently with a large group of friends. The menu choices were ample and are representative of typical Costa Rican food. Everyone around me seemed to enjoy their meal. Our waitress did a great job remembering who ordered what. This is a place where the wait staff wears a "typico" costume and the food is a... More

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Bowling Green
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

This place was wonderful if you wanted the typical Costa Rican dish. The display was beautiful and the atmosphere was also great.

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brisbane
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We went here because we wanted the wood fired chicken...it was sold out. A shame but we decided to stay and try the other meals even though they were out of our budget. The meals were delicious but i would prefer to eat at a decent soda any day.

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Philadelphia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Kind of very very touristy, staff not too friendly, meal was 2x as much as a local "soda" and really not that good. Kind of a depressing place- and empty. It was recommended to us but.. I would pass!

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Fort Myers, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

A hamburger for $14.00 that was average at best. They were suppose to be a typical Costa Rican restaurant so that is why we chose to eat here. The menu had many choices but the prices were high. It was a clean restaurant but I did not see the value.

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Wellington, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

La Choza was recommended to me by a friend who had been in CR earlier in the year. Lots of variety on the menu there is something for everyone. The staff was attentive. Plenty of food for the price, located on the main road easy to find.

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sf bay area
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70 reviews 70 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

extensive menu, icy receptions by some waitresses. the garlic whole fish is very good. Typica Tico dinner is also very good.

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Boulder, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

One of the 3 best meals I had in 12 days in CR; my daughter really enjoyed her "rice volcano." We were seated quickly and served promptly. There was plenty of food. The setting is informal (picnic tables), open-air and situated next to a gift shop and "adventure activities" office.

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