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Don Rufino

Main Avenue, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
2479-9997
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $7 - $65
Cuisines: Costa Rican, Contemporary, International, Café
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Our cuisine features a contemporary concept, influenced by the classic European cuisine, Asia and Latin America, from an eloquent and modern perspective. Our steaks are locally produced, with very high farming standards; and our seafood and fish dishes are amongst the preferred by our guests, for whom our menu also offers many vegetarian options, made with ingredients which, in most cases, are harvested in our own farm, pesticide-free.
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Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This was a recommendation from a local but the service was not great and the food was just ok.....very expensive for what you received.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Excellent food - especially the salads and meat - and good service but certainly expect to pay traveler's prices.

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Figuretes
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

During an extended stay in the La Fortuna area, I had the occasion to sample food at many eateries, but none quite matched the elegance and experience of this little gem of a bar/restaurant. The cuts of beef on offer were of prime quality, served with great sides and a wonderful level of service. I thoroughly recommend this restaurant to... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Portions were large, drinks were delicious and their local authentic dishes were amazing. Must try their grandma chicken (half chicken roasted in chocolate and coffee

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We loved this restaurant. Specifically for the relaxed ambiance and sophistication it provided. It was classy and cultural with a rustic look. We visited 3 times on our 6 day stay. One night for meal, 2 nights to wrap up the day with drinks. Andres the manager sat at the bar every night we visited, conversed with us about our... More

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Lisbon, Portugal
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This restaurant was rated as very good. We had a good ceviche, but the meat was not that good. And the price was quite high for the quality. It was our most expensive meal in Costa Rica and not the best!

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Versailles, France
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4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Don Rufino is rated among the best in La Fortuna and it is well deserved. I have tried only 2 restaurants in La Fortuna but relying on recommendations I tried it and was not disappointed. I have tried one other restaurant in La Fortuna which rated better on Trip Advisor (although with less comments) than Don Rufino but I think... More

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Southern California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The food was surprisingly good. Lunch service was slow -- not prompt in taking our order and a long wait before the food arrived -- but worth the wait.

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San Francisco, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Food was fantastic, there is a Chef who knows his stuff, gourmet quality. The location and Service is ok, but does not have the high standard of the Food. Can recommend, would go again.

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Dallas, Texas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The food was good, but the service was lacking. My husband had the pork chop & really liked it. I had the Sauteed Grouper and thought it was just ok. The place wasn't busy when we were there so we were confused on why the waitress was slacking.

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