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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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New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 NEW

I was pleased to be able to get a reservation to this very popular restaurant just 24 hours in advance and was additionally grateful that they could accommodate a late shift and timing when I became delayed. The menu had a diverse array of specialties and all of our dishes were artfully prepared - excellent flavor and

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London, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

We had a lovely meal in this restaurant a few days before Christmas... Great atmosphere and attentive service and the meat was DELICIOUS!

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Brussels, Belgium
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57 reviews 57 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

Excellent restaurant, fresh food, clean and some typical dishes.. A bit expensive.... The staff is very friendly and smilling! We enjoyed a lot!

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Montebello, California
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64 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

After this place being recommended by tripadvisor and our driver I was disappointed not with the drinks but with the service. It seemed like there was some friction between the employees. Just bad vibes. We weren't greeted right away. We sat for a bit at the outside bar before we were greeted by Tatiana. No smile. Not very friendly. She... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

To give a price excl VAT are unlegal from where I am coming. We are customers and aren't interested in a price without VAT. Otherwise they have good food and service.

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Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

What a surprise to have such good Italian and Tico dining in a small mountain town. Hummus exceptional with a La Fortuna twist, entrees tasty and service top notch. Dessert is a must.

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San Francisco, California, United States
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Part of our group discovered this restaurant one night. Then, the next night, our group of 22 went for dinner. The dish that most of the group got was Grandma's Chicken and everyone loved it. The other dishes were also very good and everything tasted very fresh. The desserts were spectacular and presented beautifully.

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Springfield, Illinois
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

I wish I had taken a picture of the food. It was amazing to look at and delightful to eat. I am such a fan of gazpacho and never thought to include a drizzle of ginger oil. Simply wonderful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 via mobile

nice atmosphere, good service, a bit expensive. Excellent tagliatelle with shrimps, scallops with sate sauce. A good choice in La Fortuna.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

We ate here based off a Trip Advisor review and we loved the food! It was the best cheeseburger my husband has had even in the states and I had the hummus salad which was to die for. Even though I was full, I finished the entire dish. Yum!

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Additional Information about Don Rufino

Address: Main Avenue, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 2479-9997
Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Arenal Volcano National Park  >  La Fortuna de San Carlos
Average Prices: USD 7 - 65
Cuisine: Costa Rican, Contemporary, International, Café

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